Cardboard Wars

War is the continuation of politics by other means


First World War, General History

  • Max Hastings: Catastrophe 1914, Europe Goes to War [2013]
  • Barbara W. Tuchman: The Guns of August [1962]
  • John Toland: No Man’s Land; 1918: The Last Year of the Great War [1980]
  • Peter Simkins, Geoffry Jukes & Michale Hickey: The First World War; The War to End All Wars [2003]
  • Thomas Herbert: The World’s Greatest War [1915] [Great Allied Propaganda Book!]
  • Ian Westwell: World War I Day by Day [2000]

First World War, Battles

  • Arthur Banks: Military Atlas of the First World War [1975]
  • Alistair Horne: The Price of Glory; Verdun 1916 [1962]

Second World War, General History

  • William Shirer: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich [1960]
  • John Toland: Adolf Hitler [1976]
  • John Toland: The Rising Sun – The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936-1945 [1970]
  • John Toland: But Not in Shame – The Six Months After Pearl Harbor [1962]
  • Cesare Salmaggi: 2194 Days of War (A very high level account of the major events of the war) [1977]
  • Various: The Second World War; A World in Flames [2004]

Second World War, Misc. History

  • Stewart Richardson [Editor]: The Secret History of World War II; The Ultra Secret Wartime Letters and cables of Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill [1986]
  • Hermann Mau & Helmut Krausnik: German History 1933-45; An Assessment by German Historians [1963]
  • William Ebenstein: The German Record; A Political Portrait [1945]
  • Brian Leigh Davis & Pierre Turner: German Uniforms of the Third Reich, 1933-1945 [1980]


  • Heinz Guderian: Panzer Leader [1952]
  • Erich von Manstein: Lost Victories [1958]
  • Winston S. Churchill: Memoirs of the Second World War (abridged) [1959]
  • Colonel Gregory “Pappy” Boyington: Baa Baa Black Sheep [1958]
  • Adolf Hitler: Mein Kampf [1925]

World War II: The Holocaust

  • Eugen Kogon: The Theory and Practice of Hell; The German Concentration Camps and the System Behind Them [1950]
  • Roger Manvell: SS and Gestapo; Rule by Terror [1969]

German Military

Machines of War

  • Various: Combat Aircraft of World War II [1977]
  • Peter Chamberlain & Hilary Doyle: Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two [1978]

Polish Campaign, September 1939

  • Robert M. Kennedy: The German Campaign in Poland [1939] [Online]
    • While this is still a good general source, it retains many of the myths of the campaign, such as the famous “charging of the tanks” by the Pomorsk Cavalry Brigade
  • Steven Zalonga and Victor Madej: The Polish Campaign 1939 [1991]
    • Revisionist work drawing from Polish sources
  • Department of Military Art & Engineering: The Campaign in Poland 1939 [1941] [Online]

Russo-Finnish War 1939-40

  • Eloise Engle & Lauri Paananen: The Winter War (The Soviet Attack on Finland 1939-1940) [1972]


  • Francois Kersaudy: Norway 1940 [1987]
  • Henrik O. Lunde: Hitler’s Pre-Emptive War; The Battle for Norway 1940 [2008]
  • Geirr H. Haarr: The Battle for Norway April – June 1940 [2010] (reading list)
  • Geirr H. Haarr: German Invasion of Norway: April 1940 [2012] (reading list)

Western Campaign (France & the Low Countries)

  • Alistair Horne: To Lose a Battle; France 1940 [1969]

Operation Sea Lion

  • Peter Fleming: Operation Sea Lion [1957]
  • Egbert Kieser: Hitler on the Doorstep; Operation ‘Sea Lion’: The German Plan to Invade Britain, 1940 [1997]

The Balkans

The Philippines 1941-42

Eastern Front

Western Front (1943-1945)

  • Cornelius Ryan: The Longest Day [1959]

North African Campaign

  • William B. Breuer: Operation Torch [1985]
  • Charles Whiting: Kasserine [1984]

Military History, General

  • Bruce Jacobs: Heroes of the Army: The Medal of Honor and it’s Winners [1956]
  • Air Vice Marshal J.E. Johnson: The Story of Air Fighting [1985]


Military Theory

  • Sun Tzu: The Art of War [1963]
  • B.H. Liddell Hart: Strategy [1954]

Unit Histories

  • 142nd Field Artillery: 1889 – 1976

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