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Welcome to the wonderfully weird World War Two ...
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
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Paperback, 166 pages
Published 2016 by T Squared Books
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Peter
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Peculiar
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
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Sumit RK
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it

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
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Paromjit
This is a short book with a wide range of diverse facts/stories from WW2 and the many participants in the conflict, and whilst so much is tragic, the main thrust here is to try and concentrate on the strange, weird, and often comic aspects that occurred. Denham admits that not all facts in the war are certain, whilst some facts are not what actually happened but what was reported to be so. Any war, and WW2 is no different, is a scenario where rumours proliferate, and as such were often used as a ...more
Lisa
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I'm not sure why, but WW two has always held a certain odd fascination for me. I never had any grandpa's talk about it, nor any family members. Dan, "my other half" has always watched or read everything about this damn war. Truth is that Paul Harvey had a segment or two of strange stories and that may have been what done it. I have always loved me some Paul Harvey. War is abominable. The war to end all wars, is a phrase that always rings in my mind. Soon after, it was the 2nd. So, quite honestly ...more
Paul Falk
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The signing of the Treaty of Versailles signaled the end of World War 1. In part, it stipulated that Germany pay reparations of 3.5 billion dollars which would in today's economy be somewhere in the neighborhood of 46 billion dollars. It was never paid.

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
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Kelly
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun and informative read. I enjoy the author's ability to switch between admiring, disgusted and funny depending on the subject. Some of the facts and stories are so crazy they are almost unbelievable but they did happen. Things such as the mystery board game, the leningrad orchestra, cryptic cross word and the saint of auschwitz are even slightly spooky. A good punchy book. ...more
Whispering Stories
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I review books for the Historical Novel Society and I’ve noticed lately that there are an awful lot of novels coming out about World War II. It is doubtful, though, if most of them have plots nearly as fantastical as many of the true stories of the war.

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
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Bandit
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
World War II has long held a morbid sort of fascination for me. And why I attempt to explain this fascination I come up with something like…it is the perfect microcosm of good and evil from the recent past. It’s a time that’s produced some of the most compelling dramatic works of historical fiction, but also giving credence to the maxim, when it comes to WWII the truth has always been stranger than fiction. This is a collection of such truths (strange, bizarre and credulity stretching as they ar ...more
BAM Endlessly Booked
Netgalley #75

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
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Literary Redhead
The publisher invited me to review this book and I relented six months ago despite a towering review pile. Now that I’m reviewing again after a hiatus, so glad I agreed because this book lives up to its title and more. I learned so many bizarre facts about this conflict that has always drawn my attention, as it seemed the epitome of good vs. evil. If you love history as I do, or just want to “snack” on off-the-wall WWII tidbits, WIERD WAR 2 is definitely for you! 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to the author
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Roopkumar Balachandran
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-warii

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
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Richard
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
One of those books filled with zany facts and weird stories around the build up to and duration of World War II.
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
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George (BuriedInBooks)
Weird war two is full of interesting and intriguing facts that even the most the most well researched historian may not know.
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.
Susan
Arc provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


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
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Gram
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating collection of World War II historical facts & fictions laced with examples of propaganda and outright lies. Students of the Second World War will recognise some of these brief stories but nonetheless there will be scores of others which are new to many.

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
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Rianna
2/52 books read in 2019.
Provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
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James
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems that there is no end to the publishing cottage industry that is books on World War Two. There are tomes and tomes brought out every year and one wonders whether one day we’ll reach saturation point - that there’ll be nothing left to say or the reading public will just get bored. I doubt we’re there yet as this title, Weird War Two is testament.

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’
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Janet
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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
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Bimal Patel
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you Thistle publishing for offering me this advanced copy of Weird War Two for review. Many books have been written about World War II and this book is not another book regurgitating the same material from different author's perspective. Needless to say WWII was gruesome with uncountable lives lost and psychological trauma suffered for years by those who survived. The echoes of this war was felt in all aspects be it economical, social, cultural, personal, political, psychological, and on a ...more
Stephen Bentley
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Weird War 2 by Richard Denham
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
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HW
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of history book that gets people interested in history. I found a lot of the information fascinating (i.e. the hydrogen balloons the Japanese used to bomb the West coast of the US, killing several - I’d never heard of that before!). I do wish that the information had been organized a bit better - for example, there were a decent amount of animal related facts that could have been put one after the other instead of interspersed throughout the book. There were a couple of typos (“ ...more
Rachel Bustin
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know where to start! It’s full of strange anecdotes and facts that keep you reading onto the next one. A fantastic informative brilliantly written book. I’m struggling to find words to describe it. Weird War 2 will have you absorbed and wanting to shout out to those around you what you have just read.

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
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Hannelore Cheney
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Thistle Publishing for the eARC.
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
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Abi Robins
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
When I saw this title I just knew I had to pick it up, I already knew of some weird facts about WWII (a couple of which were in this book), but I was perfectly happy to add to my mental collection of odd facts. There were so many odd, and frankly unbelievable, rumours that spread around during this time, along with some very weird tactics used by both sides!

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
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Marie
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book of strange facts and stories of WW 11. I have read other books about this, but I think think this is one of the best because there are facts included with the weird. I loved it. My husband who is a huge history buff had not heard about of most of these stories. So basically I read some of this book out loud so he could hear it. He plans to buy it so he can read the rest of it. There are many stories about Hitler and the Nazi's. They were sad and terrible. Balloon bombs and blow up dol ...more
Susan Johnston
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Princess Fuzzypants here: This is the type of book that would be excellent when you want to read a couple of short snippets and then put it aside, It is filled with stories from all sides. As a student of the era, there were a few times when I may have disagreed with some of the facts but it is an easy read with lots of information.
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
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Cat
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having been raised with more first hand accounts from many sides of WW2, I have always found it interesting to hear a new side's account of the war. This one is the British view and as sad, entertaining, and strange as the rest. Any one interested in WW2 will enjoy this book. Loads of tales, none are verified as factual, but all are insightful and fascinating. Might make great gift for a WW2 vet. Wonderful collection! Gives another view of the war.

I received a Kindle ARC from Netgalley in exchan
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Lindsay
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
We all know the stories and the horrors of World War 2 but this book brings you lesser known stories of the weird and wonderful and sometimes funny things that also happened during this horrible period of history. There are stories of bravery, cruelty and downright stupidity all mixed with some humorous stories. This is a totally different read to the normal books on the subject.
Sharley
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinatingly fun and informative. I felt like I learnt more from this than I have ever learnt. From the beginning saying how we have rose tinted glasses to those days and then the introduction I was hooked. It’s a subject that is relevant, recent and should be a reminder. This book gives a whole new view to the World War Two
Lynne Ernst
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick and easy read about World War 2. Includes the myths, rumors and truth during that crazy time. This is an overview of the war. It does not get into the details of events. A great place to start looking at World War 2.
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Richard is the co-author of the popular 'Britannia' series with M. J. Trow. These books follow a group of soldiers and their descendants through the madness of a chain of events which will eventually lead to the fall of Roman Britain and the descent into the Dark Ages. His other works include 'Arthur: Shadow of a God', exploring the obscure Celtic origins of King Arthur. ...more

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