A war novel is a novel in which the primary action takes place in a field of armed combat, or in a domestic setting (or home front) where the characters are preoccupied with the preparations for, or recovery from, war.

See history for specific wars.

The Girl Who Survived Auschwitz: A remarkable and compelling memoir of love, loss and hope during World War II
Night Watch
Under the Java Moon
Two Roads Home: Hitler, Stalin, and the Miraculous Survival of My Family
The Caretaker
The Enemy at Home
Canary Girls
Star Crossed: A True Romeo and Juliet Story in Hitler's Paris
The Last Masterpiece
Valiant Women: The Extraordinary American Servicewomen Who Helped Win World War II
A Harvest of Ash and Blood
Time's Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Music of Remembrance
Flirting with Danger: The Mysterious Life of Marguerite Harrison, Socialite Spy
Impossible Escape: A True Story of Survival and Heroism in Nazi Europe
Gustaf Mannerheim - Aristokraatti sarkatakissa
Divine Rivals (Letters of Enchantment, #1)
The Paris Assignment
The Witch’s Lens (The Order of the Seven Stars #1)
The Paris Daughter
The Wind Knows My Name
The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #1)
All the Broken Places
Beyond That, the Sea
Dead Fall (Scot Harvath #22)
The Secret Book of Flora Lea
The Tiger Came to the Mountains
Light Bringer (Red Rising Saga, #6)
The Secret Midwife
The Keeper of Happy Endings
A Girl Called Samson
1984 by George OrwellThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret AtwoodFahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyThe Road by Cormac McCarthyBrave New World by Aldous Huxley
Smart Apocalyptic and Dystopian Fiction
510 books — 818 voters
Lone Survivor by Marcus LuttrellBand of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseGeneration Kill by Evan WrightThe Things They Carried by Tim O'BrienWe Were Soldiers Once... and Young by Harold G. Moore
Best Modern Day Military Accounts
433 books — 616 voters

Things Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverHeart of Darkness by Joseph ConradCry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Africa (fiction and nonfiction)
1,733 books — 1,841 voters
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankNight by Elie WieselThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferCatch-22 by Joseph Heller
Best WWII Fiction and Biography
677 books — 591 voters

All Quiet on the Western Front
The Book Thief
All the Light We Cannot See
The Diary of a Young Girl
The Things They Carried
The Art of War
Night  (The Night Trilogy, #1)
The Nightingale
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
A Farewell to Arms
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
War and Peace
Ender’s Game (Ender's Saga, #1)

There are perhaps many causes worth dying for, but to me, certainly, there are none worth killing for.
Albert Dietrich, Army GI, Pacifist CO: The World War II Letters of Frank Dietrich and Albert Dietrich

J.R.R. Tolkien
War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

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