Monday, May 10, 2010

70th Anniversary of German Invasion of France and the Low Countries

Today is the 70th anniversary of the German invasion of The Netherlands, Belgium, and France. In recognition of that anniversary, I have created a list of some of my favorite WWII novels. Most of these are pretty old, but they hold up well. For a comprehensive list, Serena of Savvy Verse and Wit and Anna of Diary of an Eccentric have done an excellent job of compiling book lists categorized by all major conflicts.

Eye of the Needle – Ken Follett (best WWII thriller IMHO)
The Eagle Has Landed – Jack Higgins
The Young Lions – Irwin Shaw
From Here to Eternity – James Jones
The Secret of Santo Vittorio – Robert Crichton
A Bell for Adano – John Hershey
Battle Cry – Leon Uris
Enigma – Robert Harris
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison – Charles Shaw
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute (I actually liked the TV mini-series better.)
Von Ryan’s Express – Mark Robson
Number the Stars (YA) - Lois Lowry
POWs at Chigger Lake (2010) - Jack Shakely

If you have any to add, please let me know. On a happier note, May 8th was the 65th anniversary of the Victory in Europe, and Tony of London Calling has terrific pictures. You really should check it out. I've seen thousands of WWII pictures, and several were new to me.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the shout-out. I'll make sure all of these are on our list as well.

    Diary of an Eccentric