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Bizarre Tales from World War II

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Ernest Hemingway stalks U-Boats. A Belgian woman halts the Panzers. Adolf Hitler plays Santa Claus. If you think these are tall tales, guess again. More than 140 of the most bizarre, curious, and downright strange incidents from World War II are documented here based on personal interviews, archives and declassified documents.
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published May 15th 2008 by Castle Books (first published February 28th 2005)
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Wendy
Dec 01, 2010 Wendy rated it liked it
The tales weren't really that bizarre. Some of them were interesting. Some left me wondering why they were included. At the end of almost every anecdote he would say "And that surely was the first time that X happened while X at X." or some variation thereof.
Joe Krakovsky
Oct 17, 2016 Joe Krakovsky rated it liked it
This book is an easy read with a lot of interesting information, mainly for your entertainment. It won't help you pass a history test at school but makes for good topics of conversation.
John
Jul 27, 2013 John rated it liked it
I am part-way through this short anecdotal book. It is a good bathroom or commuter train read, as all of the episodes are around a page long. There are some interesting stories, many obscure, but the book was tainted for me from the first story by jarring bad editing for accuracy. It says the B-17 Flying Fortress was being built by The Glen Martin Co., when it was actually Boeing, and misspells the "Vought" aircraft company as "Voight". A few pages further on, it refers to a British "Flight ...more
Brentman99
Mar 01, 2014 Brentman99 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who like fluff history
Why do I read this stuff? I read another book by the author and while it wasn't too bad, there seem to be numerous small errors and repetition. If I saw feldgrau defined one more time, with the exact same definition, i would have screamed.

There are some interesting stories, but there is also a lot of fluff and lazy writing. The various error, such as B-14 vice B-24, are examples of bad proofreading that a good publisher would have caught. If you know a lot of the history, you will for the most p
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Liam Thompson
Apr 16, 2012 Liam Thompson rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book it was easy to read and i finsihed it in less than a week. Easily understood short paragraph sized stories that are dumbed down to the letter(almost too much). Overall, i would reccomend it for someone who just needs to relax between two deep books.
Patrick Shrier
Feb 27, 2014 Patrick Shrier rated it really liked it
A good book full of interesting and strange happenings from WWII. The tales were weighted towards stories from the ETO but that is to be expected as more writing has come out of the ETO in English language historiography.
Beth/Chuck
Jan 16, 2011 Beth/Chuck rated it really liked it
Interesting reading, some subjects I'd heard about before, but nonetheless entertaining.
Each subject is short, so it's a good book to pick up when you have a little time.
Alexander Soo
Nov 15, 2010 Alexander Soo rated it liked it
Okay, have to admit some stories are a little boring, while some are cool and awesome while some are mysterious, like where one ship was totally invisible.
Patrick
Jun 30, 2015 Patrick rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
The book did not really match the title. There were some interesting snippets of WWII lore, but lacked an overall theme.
Sherrie Pilkington
Mar 11, 2014 Sherrie Pilkington rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
I don't believe this author knows what the word 'bizarre' means. This book should be titled 'Mildly Interesting Tidbits about War'
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another interesting and well written book by William Breuer
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William B. Breuer landed with the first assault waves in Normandy on D-Day, then fought across Europe. Later, he founded a daily newspaper on a string in Rolla, Missouri, and after that, a highly successful public relations firm in St. Louis, Missouri. He has been writing books full time since 1982
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