Weird War 2
The Second World War is the bloodiest on record. It was the first total war in history when civilians; men, women and children were in the front line as never before. With so many millions involved, the rumour machine went into overdrive, tall stories built on fear of the unknown. With so much at stake, boffins battled with ...more
Weird War 2 is a collection of totally disparate facts from World War II that range from horrific to humorous, and from recognisable to strange. Most are aimed at being at least slightly weird, and it does reinforce the saying that “truth is stranger than fiction”. The stories cover all regions of conflict in WWII, including the Western front, the Eastern front, North Africa and the Pacific.
It is remarkable how creative and innovative mankind becomes during times of war and how technolog ...more
There are many books about the World War II but Weird War 2 attempts something different. It’s a collection of weird facts, myths ; some known & some unknown, some amusing and disturbing, all from the World War II. It also has some interesting yet forgotten stories. At the very outset, the writer is honest to admit that not all the stories may be real and many don’t have any reference or source to back them. Having said that, it still is a very entertaining read.
This book can be broadly divided ...more
Some twenty years later, Germany reclaimed some of its land lost through the ravages of war. And if that's not enough, the warring country began to build armaments once again; it knew not peace. To the amazement of the world, the battle-prone cou ...more
Weird War 2 is a collection of strange stories about the Nazi party and the war the Nazis brought about. It is no academic study; there is no bibliography or footnotes and undisputed facts appear alongside conjecture and one or two tales that are ...more
Many thanks go to Richard Denham, Thistle, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
This was certainly a unique twist to a fact based WWII account. All major movers have tales to tell-Axis and Ally. Many of them seem way too kooky to really be true; some are awe inspiring. How he dug up these little tidbits I’ll never understand; that would have been nice to know. I think I would have liked it if they would have been organized somehow too. But ...more
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The war, though we dislike it quite a bit, is sometimes laughable, you must admit – A.P.Herbert Badogliovski.
I like to thank Thistle publishing for sending me a copy of Weird War 2 for reading and review. The book is around 166 pages and can be read in one day but reading a chapter a day is best method to remember most of the known and unknown events presented in the book.
The author Richard Denham in the start has provided a concise summary of pre war and World War 2 events which will familiari ...more
A wonderful introduction set it all in context so that the light humorous tales don’t diminish the horrors of this time of conflict and unimaginable deaths.
Some interesting subjects are covered and wider reading prior to this and items seen on TV are familiar. Most are crazy and incredible but demonstrate that sometimes only with the distance of time can they be understood.
I liked the ...more
I like the way humour is worked into the book to take a edge off the darker stories. My favourite story is about a cat called Sam which survived three shipwrecks!
The formatting on kindle is good which is how I read this book. I also like the cover and just that the book is so interesting and entertaining.
This is not an academic study; there is no bibliography or footnotes. The author himself states that there will be no reference to historical sources. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it. World War Two is such a heavy topic, we have a war that took nearly 50 million lives (civilian and military), cause so much heartache, destruction and really showed the worst of humanity.
With so many millions involved, the rumour machine went ...more
There are tales of super weapons which, thankfully, were never made, the use of birds, bats, cats, dogs and other animals as weapons or mascots, strange plans which failed to get beyond the drawing board and spy stories mixed with so ...more
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Weird War Two is a collection of anecdotes about the Second World War. They are sorted in alphabetical order and above each story you can find a representation of the weirdness factor, from one to three exclamation points.
Personally, I would have sorted the stories by this weirdness factor; ending the book with the most bizarre story the writer could find, but this was a pleasant way to read them and it will be easy ...more
A collection of weird facts and stories from the second world, some more definitely concrete, some more myth, this is a very readable book that’ ...more
From the publisher ---
A collection of amusing anecdotes and stories from World War Two, the world's weirdest conflict.
The Second World War was the bloodiest on record. It was the first total war in history when civilians - men, women and children - were on the front line as never before. With so many millions involved, the rumour machine went into overdrive, tall s ...more
I thought I knew a lot about WW2. After reading this book, I now know a lot more. Despite being a serious subject, the author does a fantastic job of highlighting and re-telling of some of the weird, zany, and bizarre stories to come out of this war. With a deft touch, the author switched between reminding the reader of the true horrors of war and the ridiculous rumours, half-truths, and mysteries emanating from this war.
There are too many individual stories to men ...more
I know I will be sharing this book with my mum as I’m sure she will find some of these hard to believe.
It’s great for quick read. Also easy to pick up where you left off if you need to put i ...more
A fascinating and quick read with some astonishing facts and stories (perhaps true, perhaps embellished?) of WWII.
My father was in a German camp for most of the war, and, when rescued, at 6 feet tall, only 98 lbs. He told me many stories, some horrendous, some surprisingly funny. He said he never laughed as much in his life because of the antics he and some of the men got up to. It was either that or total despondency. The other thing that ...more
It's a very short book, and I don't want to spoil the oddities within, so there's not much that I can talk about here. However, I will say t ...more
Some of the stories do meet the “weird” factor but some just seem a bit odd. Perhaps part of my problem is many of the things discussed were things I knew already. So ...more
I received a Kindle ARC from Netgalley in exchan ...more