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Unexplained Mysteries of World War II

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  254 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
War defies logic. Loss of life, destruction, unending pain and misery - the results never seem to make sense. But on the brighter side, war is also a breeding ground for other types of illogical occurrences, namely strange coincidences premonitions, mysteries, twists of fate, and the seemingly supernatural. Having searched through stacks of periodicals, military reports, i ...more
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published May 15th 2008 by Castle Books (first published April 15th 1997)
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Douglas Berry
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
A fun overview of some of the weird happenings during WWII. But it was riddled with factual errors and in a couple of places facts were omitted to make the event an "unexplained mystery."

Take the entry on the Lady Be Good. A B-24D Liberator that vanished on its first combat mission in 1943 after radioing its airfield in Libya for directions due to thick clouds. A British Petroleum survey plane spotted the wreckage in 1958. An expedition found the plane in amazing shape. The machineguns were stil
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Rebekah
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow. This was a fantastic book! I really enjoyed reading it! It talks about puzzling events, odd coincidences, people who vanished, strange encounters, and much more! I would recommend it, but only for those above the age of thirteen. It mentions some things in it, along with a couple swear words, that I would not recommend. However, these things are very few and far between so altogether I think it was an extremely captivating book and shows how our Almighty God was very much involved with Worl ...more
Glenn Walborn
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book Unexplained Mysteries of World War II has many strange stories and instances that happened in the war on both sides of the conflict. One of the stories was about the most successful submarine in the US Navy's Pacific Fleet. At the end of the mission, the last torpedo fired malfunctioned and sunk the submarine instead of the target. Another story was about Colonel Jimmy Doolittle's raid on Tokyo that coincidently happened at the end of a Japanese air raid drill. The raid made Colonel Doo ...more
Miloș Dumbraci
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Captivating, fast-paced, diverse and interesting, it is a good entry-level attraction to ww2 for the young/less read public.
For the ww2 maniacs (like myself), it can be often annoying by some basic mistakes (like Wehrmacht paratroopers... really?! they were Luftwaffe personnel, a totally different arm; or ”Zeke, as the kamikaze were known” - no, Zeke was the plane type; or Bulgaria declaring war on Germany in... 1943, and so on) and general half-documentation, most likely willingly done so by th
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Rena Sherwood
Some of these are common knowledge items and not "mysteries." For example -- Jewish scientists kicked out of Germany helped with the Manhattan Project. NOT a mystery. Not written well. Most chapters are only 2 - 3 pages long and still I had trouble following the pertinent points. Paul Harvey he's not.
Doug
Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it
A collection of interestion stories from WWII. Some know (missing flight 19 from the bermuda triangle) and other less well know but interesting to me. For me the great point was that it all came in very 'bite size' pieces. I could read 1 or more items and easily put it down and then come back whenever I liked.
Lauren
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had been wanting to read this for a few years now & had found it at my local library. I was so looking forward to the read! It had the possibility of being interesting. It was easy to get through, & not in a bad way. BUT everything is just so textbook! It doesn’t catch attention. No feeling. And for a book that’s looking at “unexplained mysteries,” it does very little to actually dig into the mystery. Doesn’t even really discuss the mystery. There are separate sections with an overarch ...more
Erik Graff
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: WWII fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
This book consists of brief accounts, some only anecdotes, of a variety of mysteries and coincidences during the second world war, most from an Anglo-American perspective. A bit of a war buff, I found it a quick bedtime read.

The only glaring error I detected was in referring to the Republican government of Spain during their civil war as the 'rebels'. The author, a military historian with many titles to his credit, may prefer Franco, but it was he who led a revolt against an elected government.
Lizabeth Tucker
I'm making my way through my physical book collection, one that has been ignored for years.

First completed was this little collection I remember buying from the Barnes & Noble discount area. Breuer has collected verifiable stories that fall in one of several section categories:


1. Puzzling Events
2. Odd Coincidences
3. Curious Happenings
4. Uncanny Riddles
5. People Who Vanished
6. Peculiar Premonitions
7. Strange Encounters

The stories are all footnoted as to whether the original story came from, w
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Kelsey
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I say this all the time, but I really wish Goodreads had half stars, because I would (and do) give this 3.5 stars.

While the stories were interesting, I wouldn't really say they were "unsolved mysteries". There were a few in there, like the story of the Deadly Double Dice Game, that are actual mysteries, even to this day, but the majority of the stories in the book were weird coincidences or happenings, like a spy living next to a German spy catcher, or "by chance" occurrences, like accidentally
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William B. Breuer landed with the first assault waves in Normandy on D-Day (June 6, 1944), 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 had been writing books full time since 1982
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