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Dirty Little Secrets of World War II: Military Information No One Told You about the Greatest, Most Terrible War in History

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"Dirty Little Secrets of World War II " exposes the dark, irreverent, misunderstood, and often tragicomic aspects of military operations during World War II, many of them virtually unknown even to military buffs. Like its successful predecessor, "Dirty Little Secrets," Dunnigan and Nofi's new book vividly brings to life all theaters and participants of the war. Revelations ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 14th 1996 by Harper Paperbacks (first published 1994)
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Dick Tatro
This book would really be enjoyed by someone who is very interested in war strategy and statistics. To a anti war Mennonite the interest would be peaked by the huge amound of waste both in resources and life. Just a small example was a convoy of American ships that was sunk in early 1942 which were loaded with 7000 tanks enroute from the USA to the Soviet Unions. Infromation was never released to the press because of low moral as a the result of the losses at Pearl Harbor. Nearly 3000 men ( This ...more
Tom Darrow
Jul 01, 2011 Tom Darrow rated it liked it
I would put this book in the "bathroom read" category. Short anecdotes about different theateres of the war. You can read a few sections, learn a bit, set the book down for a while and pick it up later without losing anything.

The book has lots of good information, but what it is lacking is structure. Even though there are chapters dedicated to fighting in Europe or the Pacific, the anecdotes skip from a section on tank destroyers to a section on the number of bombs dropped and then to the number
Kat Davis
Aug 28, 2012 Kat Davis rated it did not like it
Absolutely awful. I made it through 188 pages before giving up. I'd not even stick it in my bathroom. The introduction pretty much sums it up with:

"This is not a history of World War II , but revelations about many of the lesser-known details. Because it is a book of facts, you don't read it from beginning to end, but rather you jump in wherever it srikes your fancy."

This book is badly written and heavily biased towards the US. For instance the chapter entitled 'The Road to War' includes events
Shiloh Reynolds
Dec 03, 2015 Shiloh Reynolds rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All
Not much I can add to what's already been said. What I will say is I break out the whole Dirty Little Secret books yearly and always enjoy them and the information contained.
Dec 28, 2010 Ilya rated it liked it
Shelves: world-war-ii
A grab bag of trivia about World War II from an unabashedly US-centric perspective. If you ever wondered, which wartime leader was a teetotaling vegetarian who consulted an astrologist (Adolf Hitler), how the Tomahawk cruise missile compares to the V-1 (it is much more precise and can fly 10 times the distance), what the fatalities of the Soviet Army were (11 million soldiers), and how the venereal disease infection rate in the U.S. Army during World War II compares to that in other wars (during ...more
Steven Raszewski
Jan 25, 2014 Steven Raszewski rated it it was amazing
Fascinating! Who knew....
Jun 01, 2013 Jay rated it really liked it
I read this in short snippets here and there, over an extended period of time, but as it is made of a series of semi organised facts I quite enjoyed it. it suited that style of 'pick up just for a couple of pages' reading.
The facts backed up a lot of WWII history that I already knew and helped me to understand some of the minor points that lead to great victories or even great blunders.
Apr 19, 2009 Czar is currently reading it
Lots of good information that they say is not available elsewhere.
Roland Bruno
Aug 04, 2010 Roland Bruno rated it it was ok
Shelves: ww2, history, non-fiction
Too many facts and figures and not enough actual secrets.
Greg morgan
this book tells you about world war two
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