Tag Archives: World War II

Mark Collins – A Great Book From a Romanian Jew, Mihail Sebastian: “Journal 1935–1944: The Fascist Years”

21 Nov

Further to this post, What’s an Intellectual Romanian Jew to do Before WW II? I am finishing his journal: It is an accumulation of events, thoughts and emotions that is one of the most powerful boo…

Source: Mark Collins – A Great Book From a Romanian Jew, Mihail Sebastian: “Journal 1935–1944: The Fascist Years”

Mark Collins – The Wehrmacht, the Eastern Front, Hitler and the General Staff

31 Aug

Two books by WW II German officers that are well worth the read: 1) A German General on the Eastern Front: The Letters and Diaries of Gotthard Heinrici 1941-1942 Gritty, gruesome and the best thing…

Source: Mark Collins – The Wehrmacht, the Eastern Front, Hitler and the General Staff

Mark Collins – “Sowing the Wind: The First Soviet-German Military Pact and the Origins of World War II”

7 Jun

A piece at War on the Rocks reminds us of a little-remembered but important aspect of post-World War I history (with a recent twist at the end of the post): …. While Soviet-German military co…

Source: Mark Collins – “Sowing the Wind: The First Soviet-German Military Pact and the Origins of World War II”

Mark Collins – India: The Raj at War 1939-45 and After

6 May

Further to this post, India’s Forgotten Good War a review article at The Economist: India and the second world war For king, then country In India, as elsewhere, the second world war changed everyt…

Source: Mark Collins – India: The Raj at War 1939-45 and After

Mark Collins – Movie “Twelve O’Clock High” and USAF’s Tough Combat Future

3 May

Further to this post (“12 O’Clock High” is noted near the end), Movie “Command Decision” and US Strategic Bombing vs Germany, 1943 a piece at War on the Rocks suggests the USAF mi…

Source: Mark Collins – Movie “Twelve O’Clock High” and USAF’s Tough Combat Future

Mark Collins – Movie “Command Decision” and US Strategic Bombing vs Germany, 1943

26 Apr

The movie is excellent. It focuses not on combat as such but on the United States Army Air Forces’ determination in 1943 to preserve its policy of strategic daylight precision bombing (the RA…

Source: Mark Collins – Movie “Command Decision” and US Strategic Bombing vs Germany, 1943

Mark Collins – Audio with Translation: Hitler Talks to Finnish Leader Mannerheim, June 1942

19 Apr

Baron Carl Gustaf Mannerheim was head of Finland’s military during World War II; from 1941 until 1944 Finland fought alongside Germany against the Soviet Union though not as a formal ally (th…

Source: Mark Collins – Audio with Translation: Hitler Talks to Finnish Leader Mannerheim, June 1942

Mark Collins – Hollywood and Canada in World War II

13 Apr

Further to this post, The RCAF and WW II: “Captains of the Clouds” here’s a fun topic thread at Milnet.ca. “Captains” poster: The top aircraft is a Lockheed Hudson, rather appropr…

Source: Mark Collins – Hollywood and Canada in World War II

Mark Collins – Stalin the Pole-Slayer…Murderer Actually

4 Apr

The mass killings began on this day, April 4, 1940–excerpts from an excellent CIA historical piece (note the use of captured Luftwaffe aerial reconnaissance photos): The Katyn Controversy: St…

Source: Mark Collins – Stalin the Pole-Slayer…Murderer Actually

Mark Collins – Stalin, Hitler and Mass Murder; China and WW III?

8 Mar

Excerpts from Dominic Lieven’s brilliant book, The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution (one of Prof. Lieven’s forbears became the Imperial Russian Navy’…

Source: Mark Collins – Stalin, Hitler and Mass Murder; China and WW III?