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A Belvedere-Tiburon Library Subject Guide


All the Way to Berlin: A Paratrooper at War in Europe
A chronicle of the experiences of an Army lieutenant in Italy, Holland, and Germany.
Bio Megellas

Another River, Another Town: A Teenage Tank Gunner Comes of Age in Combat - 1945
By John P. Irwin
The story of a teenage tank gunner whose idealized sense of heroic battle is overwhelmed by the harsh realities of modern combat.
940.548173 Irwin 2002

Before Their Time: A Memoir
By Robert Kotlowitz
In this memoir of his experiences as a teenage infantryman in the U.S. Third Army, Kotlowitz brings to life the terrible story of the massacre of his platoon in northeastern France.
940.5481 Kotlowitz 1997

Beyond Band of Brothers
By Richard Winters
The story of Easy Company, immortalized by HBO's Band of Brothers..
940.5421 Winters 2005

The Medic: Life and Death in the Last Days of WWII
By Leo Litwak
Expecting to become a soldier, Litwak was made an Army medic and sent to the European theater.
940.548173 Litwak 2001

The Simple Sounds of Freedom
By Thomas Taylor
The story of Joseph Beyrle, the only soldier to fight for both America and the Soviet Union during WWII.
Bio Beyrle

Unknown Soldiers: Reliving World War II in Europe
By Joseph E. Garland
Harvard-graduate Garland was a scout for the Forty-Fifth infantry division in Germany and Italy from 1943 to 1945.
940.541 Garland 2009


Flights of Passage: Reflections of a World War II Aviator
By Samuel Lynn Hynes
Hynes was a Marine bomber pilot who flew more than a hundred missions against the Japanese at Okinawa and Ulithi.
940.5426 Hynes 1988

Goodbye Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War
By William Manchester
Acclaimed historian Manchester gives us a personal account of his experiences as a Marine in the Pacific theater.
940.54 Manchester 1980

A Marine Named Mitch: an autobiography of Mitchell Paige, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps retired
By Mitchell Paige
Medal-of-Honor winner Mitchell Paige tells of his experiences before and during the Second World War in the Philippines, Guadalcanal, and New Guinea.
Bio Paige

Now the Hell Will Start: One Soldier's Flight from the Greatest Manhunt of World War II
By Brendan Koerner
The story of an African American soldier in Burma.
940.548 Koerner 2008

Surviving Bataan and Beyond: Colonel Irvin Alexander's Odyssey as a Japanese Prisoner of War
By Irvin Alexander
A personal account of the Bataan Death March and the Philippine invasion from an officer and P.O.W.
Bio Alexander

llast update 8/6/2010