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u/manpace · 1 pointr/HistoryPorn

>So gorgeous was the spectacle on the May morning of 1910 when nine kings rode in the funeral of Edward VII of England that the crowd, waiting in hushed and black-clad awe, could not keep back gasps of admiration. In scarlet and blue and green and purple, three by three the sovereigns rode through the palace gates, with plumed helmets, gold braid, crimson sashes, and jeweled orders flashing in the sun. After them came five heirs apparent, forty more imperial or royal highnesses, seven queens - four dowager and three regnant - and a scattering of special ambassadors from uncrowned countries. Together they represented seventy nations in the greatest assemblage of royalty and rank ever gathered in one place and, of its kind, the last. The muffled tongue of Big Ben tolled nine by the clock as the cortege left the palace, but on history's clock it was sunset, and the sun of the old world was setting in a dying blaze of splendor never to be seen again.

-Barbara Tuchman

u/CorinthWest · 63 pointsr/HistoryPorn

Eugene Sledge, in his book With The Old Breed, mentioned that while they were happy for the troops in Europe, it meant nothing to them.


Oh wow! It's on YouTube

Disk 1

Disk 2

A very tough read at times.


Edit: Those are soldiers of the 77th Division. My Grandfather was a Doughboy with the 77th in France from 1917-1918. My Uncle was in the Navy at Okinawa on an LST that landed troops from the 77th. He was always proud that he served with his Father's unit.

u/drbeavi5 · 1 pointr/HistoryPorn

yes. It was a two part book actually. Hitler: 1889-1936 Hubris

Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis

Not the quickest read, its super in depth. But I promise you'll know more about Hitler and Germany around that time than 99% of people.

u/TheyAreNightZombies · 1 pointr/HistoryPorn

From Devil In The White City, p.252:

"Although such interior exhibits were compelling, the earliest visitors to Jackson Park saw immediately that the fair's greatest power lay in the strange gravity of the buildings themselves."

"Some visitors found themselves so moved by the Court of Honor that immediately upon entering they began to weep."

u/spuri0us · 2 pointsr/HistoryPorn

Hans Von Luck wrote Panzer Commander not Panzer Leader

see here

And his wiki article

Its a great book, from someone who leaded from the ground.

He was at El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, and the Ost Front.

EDIT: He was with the 3rd panzer army during operation barbarossa and at the personal request of Rommel, with the afrika korps in North Africa.

u/EngineerBill · 6 pointsr/HistoryPorn

> Its actually quite an interesting story how he didn't want to ruin any of the french landmarks

You do realize that be ordered his local commanders to destroy Paris rather than surrender it to the Allies in 1944? Please check out the book "Is Paris Burning" for details: -> *there's also a movie of the same name, but let's assume the book is a better citation, since it has loads more detail).

I mean, c'mon - please don't rewrite history, dude...

u/-maati- · 1 pointr/HistoryPorn

For anyone interested about how it all happened: One of my all time favorite books.

u/Lokitty · 8 pointsr/HistoryPorn

My two favorite WWII memoirs that I recommend to everyone interested in WWII history:

Always Faithful: A memoir of the marine dogs of WWII - The story of the US Marine Corps war dogs from training to battle on Guam as told by the commander of the Third Dog Platoon. This book is all about the loyalty, companionship, heroism, and immeasurable value of the war dogs on the battlefield, most of which were ordinary family pets who were "volunteered" by their owners to help with the war effort.

"With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa - If you haven't read this one, it's an essential pick and a no-brainer. The HBO series "The Pacific" was based partly on this book. A view of joining the US Marine Corp in late 1943, training, and deployment to Peleliu and Okinawa as told from the perspective of a young grunt.

u/tzfboy · 4 pointsr/HistoryPorn

I'm reading a book about the Endurance right now! I'm about halfway through and so far it's very exciting. Give it a read if you haven't!

u/Jezynowka · 3 pointsr/HistoryPorn

The book Endurance about their 1914 expedition is an amazing read.

u/KILL_WITH_KINDNESS · 1 pointr/HistoryPorn

Oh whoops I actually meant to reply to the comment above ya. That movie barely touches on public perceptions anyway so it wouldn't be useful. But since I'm here, I looked into it, and a book like this might be helpful.

u/ScrotieWhiskers · 6 pointsr/HistoryPorn

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

This was an excellent read about this voyage

u/golfpinotnut · 16 pointsr/HistoryPorn

There's a book that won the National Book Critics Circle Award about the genocide, written by Philip Gourevitch who covered the story for The New Yorker. It is called We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda.

If you want to read his pieces from The New Yorker, here's the author's page on their website with links to his stories.

u/Wsallgood · 7 pointsr/HistoryPorn

That really was a pretty rough read. Not a bedtime story. Link

u/ReallyHender · 2 pointsr/HistoryPorn

If you want to read an incredibly powerful and gut-wrenching book on the Rwandan genocide, I highly recommend Philip Gourevitch's We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda.

u/Fanntastic · 11 pointsr/HistoryPorn

I'd recommend Ordinary Men. It follows a reserve police battalion responsible for many round-ups and mass shootings. The author pours through dozens of interviews to get individual perspectives and motivations from the men themselves to see how a bunch of middle-aged reservists, most of whom weren't even members of the Nazi party, could kill like this.

u/Halfmorrow · 1 pointr/HistoryPorn

[The Battle for Spain]

It's a great book! Very detailed and extensive though.

u/philge · 31 pointsr/HistoryPorn

Thanks for elaborating, I was trying to give a very brief outline.

For anyone interested in the history of Rwanda and the Rwandan genocide, I'd recommend Philip Gourevitch's We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families. It's absolutely nuts to me that over a 3 month period people picked up their machetes and slaughtered 20% of the population.

u/-Cryptomaniac- · 5 pointsr/HistoryPorn

I cannot recommend reading this book enough


You should not be shocked that humans are capable of this. Chances are if it were you or me in that position, we would have done the same thing.

u/AstrangerR · 1 pointr/HistoryPorn

Ian Kershaw is a historian who wrote a two part biography that was very good. The first part is "Hubris" about 1888-1936 and the second part Nemesis about the years 1936-1945.

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is also good but it was written by a journalist who lived in Germany at the time - so there definitely is some bias in what he wrote. That's not to say that it's not worth reading or that it isn't informative though.

u/baristahipster · 5 pointsr/HistoryPorn

There's a great book that details the lives of these POWs and what they went through before being rescued.

In particular, it's about the Bataan Death March, how those soldiers were placed in prison camps, and their eventual rescue. I don't normally consider myself a history buff, nor do I usually read non-fiction, but this book is the exception to that. Absolutely must check it out.

u/ggill1970 · 4 pointsr/HistoryPorn

you want to read one of THE best books on the pacific campaign, check E.B. Sledge: With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa. Sledge ran 60mm mortars & man, the combat detail is nuts.

u/Whitey_Bulger · 4 pointsr/HistoryPorn

This story is told really well in Erik Larson's excellent The Devil in the White City.

u/unknownmosquito · 15 pointsr/HistoryPorn

You don't have to be young. This book is a historical account of a police unit made of middle-aged men from pre-War Germany through their radicalization from normal men to the kind of people that bayonet pregnant women.

The power of groupthink and ideology is terrifying. The fact of the matter is that it can be confidently said that for any given person, if they were present in Germany during its Nazi transformation, they would almost certainly have become Nazis.

u/Audiman64 · 4 pointsr/HistoryPorn

If you haven't read it, this is worth a read to get some understanding of the horror which was Okinawa -- With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

u/beebMeUp · 3 pointsr/HistoryPorn

Timeless question indeed. Dehumanization is a necessary condition but it's deeper than that alone. Inside each of us lurks this beast.

I recommend Ordinary Men by Christopher Browning. There's also a recent lecture on the topic.

u/Blacksheep01 · 5 pointsr/HistoryPorn

What you wrote is only partially accurate. Check out Ordinary Men I recommend this book to everyone interested in the topic of how and why regular Germans participated in the Holocaust.

The reason I mention it here is that the batallion was asked to murder thousands of Jews, many agreed, yet multiple individuals refused and do you know what happened to them? Nothing, nothing at all, the Germans not only didn't punish those who refused, they weren't even looked down on. So it begs the question, how forced were German police units/soldiers? How much of the violence was driven by individuals? What if entire units refused? Some of those questions are unanswerable but the one answer provided in this work is compelling. That German soldiers could say "no" and they would not be punished.

u/Yosomono · 76 pointsr/HistoryPorn

This is the cover of My War Gone By, I Miss It So by Anthony Loyd (great book)

Who is the grandson of the Legendary warrior Adrian Carton de Wiart who supposedly amputated his own hand so that he could stay in the battle.

u/Praetor80 · 1 pointr/HistoryPorn

Had they known about the holocaust those same generals would have ended the war very quickly.

I'd suggest you give this a read:

u/Democritus23 · 2 pointsr/HistoryPorn

The historian Antony Beevor recounts this event in his book The Second World War.

Beevor writes,

> The gleaming carriages of the Amerika carried on towards the Spanish frontier at Hendaye, where [Hitler] met Franco the next day. The Caudillo’s train had been delayed due to the dilapidated state of the Spanish railways, and the long wait had not put Hitler in a good mood. The two dictators inspected a guard of honour from his personal escort, the Führer-Begleit-Kommando, drawn up on the platform. The black-uniformed troopers towered over the pot-bellied Spanish dictator, whose smile, both complacent and ingratiating, seldom left his face (Beevor 2012, 144).

>When Hitler and Franco began their discussions, the Caudillo’s torrent of words prevented his visitor from speaking, a state of affairs to which the Führer was not accustomed. Franco spoke of their comradeship in arms during the Spanish Civil War and his gratitude for all that Hitler had done, and evoked the ‘alianza espiritual’ which existed between their countries. He then expressed his deep regret for not being able to enter the war immediately on Germany’s side as a result of Spain’s impoverished condition. For much of the three hours, Franco rambled on about his life and experiences, prompting Hitler to say later that he would prefer to have three or four teeth pulled than go through another conversation with the Spanish dictator (Beevor 2012, 145).

Source: Beevor, Antony. The Second World War. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2012.

Also, I recommend reading Antony Beevor's book The Battle for Spain.

u/aldotheapache2 · 20 pointsr/HistoryPorn

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

They knew. It is one of the biggest misconceptions about the Holocaust, that the German people had little to no idea what was going on, and that it was just the government. It depresses me to see it plastered all over this thread. I think it just makes people feel better to think that it was only a few evil people who perpetrated this horrendous crime, instead of many "normal" people. I highly recommend that everyone read the books and articles I linked to. They explain it much better than I can. I do doubt, however, that I will be able to change many peoples minds. Most of the time I don't even bother.

I'm not saying the Germans of today are bad, they have done many things trying to set right the crimes of their past generations. But the Germans of the time knew what was going on and many participated in it.

They knew.

u/Smoke_Me_When_i_Die · 3 pointsr/HistoryPorn

Sure! I recommend:

I Saw Tokyo Burning by Robert Guillain, a Frenchman who lived in Japan throughout the war.

War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War, another one by John Dower.

Retribution by Max Hastings

Japan at War: an Oral History by Haruko and Theodore Cook

u/slavik262 · 33 pointsr/HistoryPorn

In his memoir, Maj. Dick Winters talked about men being blown into the air by German 88s during the assault on Noville. He thought back to this whenever he saw people being sent flying by explosions in action movies.

u/USCAV19D · 10 pointsr/HistoryPorn

Gruesome comes in different levels. If you haven't, I'd suggest reading into the treatment of prisoners of war at Japanese camps. Ghost Soldiers or really anything about the veterans of Bataan should give you an idea.

u/SirLaxer · 1 pointr/HistoryPorn

This is a very late response, but before.

The ship was originally named the Polaris when t was completed. Shackleton renamed it the Endurance to be in line with his family's motto: "Fortitudine vincimus," or "By endurance we conquer."

Here's a photograph taken by Frank Hurley, their official photographer. This was taken between the crush that forced them to abandon ship and the eventual sinking, a span of a little less than a month. You can see Endurance on the back of the ship.

And an obligatory "you have to read Lansing's Endurance." It was re-released in a 100th anniversary edition last year.

u/BurtGummer938 · 957 pointsr/HistoryPorn

I was reading a book about the Russian that defected to Japan with a MiG-25 Foxbat. The first time he saw a supermarket in the US he thought it was a CIA deception. He refused to believe it was real until going to several stores on his own accord. He was shocked that they left meat in the open where anyone could steal it. The quantity, variety, quality, and prices did more to validate his disillusionment with communism than any of the other culture shocks he experienced. At one point he accidentally ate cat food and remarked how much better it was than what he could get in the USSR.

u/SonOfSlam · 1 pointr/HistoryPorn

A very, very good book on that subject is War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War . It looks at what happens when two racist cultures who view their enemy as subhuman get involved in a brutal war.

u/Postgrifter · 0 pointsr/HistoryPorn

Here is the other post that I thought I responded to you, and I did not:

is plenty of evidence that it could have been prevented: Here is a whole book: ""
The common white-Western narrative that it was preventable is false. Here is a key piece for you:
"The scarcity, Mukherjee writes, was caused by large-scale exports of food from India for use in the war theatres and consumption in Britain - India exported more than 70,000 tonnes of rice between January and July 1943, even as the famine set in. This would have kept nearly 400,000 people alive for a full year. Mr Churchill turned down fervent pleas to export food to India citing a shortage of ships - this when shiploads of Australian wheat, for example, would pass by India to be stored for future consumption in Europe. As imports dropped, prices shot up and hoarders made a killing. Mr Churchill also pushed a scorched earth policy - which went by the sinister name of Denial Policy - in coastal Bengal where the colonisers feared the Japanese would land. So authorities removed boats (the lifeline of the region) and the police destroyed and seized rice stocks."
Read on the topic before using insults.
" I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion. The famine was their own fault for breeding like rabbits.” -Winston Churchill

u/ladyvonkulp · 5 pointsr/HistoryPorn

Any particular theatre/focus? I've got at least 30 on the shelf next to me, though a lot are Ballantine's Histories, so that's kind of cheating. The classic intro narrative has to be Tuchman's Guns of August

Some of the other ones I refer to a lot are

Liddell Hart: The Real War 1914-1918

Richard Holmes: First World War in Photographs

Malcolm Brown: The Imperial War Museum Book of the Western Front

Martin Gilbert: Atlas of World War One

Philip Haythornthwaite: Photohistory of World War One

Rod Paschall: The Defeat of Imperial Germany

I particularly like books that collect diary excerpts/memoirs from all theatres/nationalities.