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Unexplained Mysteries of World War II (original 1997; edition 1998)

by William B. Breuer

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Title:Unexplained Mysteries of World War II
Authors:William B. Breuer
Info:Wiley (1998), Edition: 1, Paperback, 256 pages
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This is a collection of anecdotes from WW II organized under chapter headings such as Peculiar Premonitions, Odd Coincidences, Puzzling Evens and Uncanny Riddles. I found in order meet his criteria, he had to stretch to make the story fit. There were also some details he seemed to be shaky about considering he has written so many books about the War. One that jumped off the page was a four engine Wellington bomber. ( )
  lamour | Nov 28, 2012 |
Interesting little stories of World War II. The fact that they are unexplained leaves the reader with an unsettled, incomplete feeling. Each little story ends in a little general speculation, but no conclusive or even very strong ideas as to an answer. Meh. ( )
  MerryMary | Nov 1, 2010 |
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It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. --Winston S. Churchill
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Dedicated to Richard J. Seitz, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Ret.), a young paratroop battalion leader in World War II who earned the respect and admiration of his fighting men and later rose to the top in his profession.
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Lieutenant Mastake Okuyama was leading a squadron of Japanese Imperial Navy bombers on a sweep up China's broad Yangtze River, known to the Chinese as Ch'ang Chiang (Long River), for it flows for thirty-one hundred miles from deep within the country and empties into the Yellow Sea.
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War deifies logic, loss of life, destruction, unending pain and misery - the results never seem to make sense. But on the brighter side, war is also a breeding ground for other types of illogical occurrences, namely strange coincidences, premonitions, mysteries, twists of fate, and the seemingly supernatural Having searched through stacks of periodicals, military reports, interviews and other publications, author William B Breuer has come up with over one hundred such illogical events, and presents them in Unexplained Mysteries of World War II.
From popular mysteries to barely believable happenings, breuer sheds light on the absurdity of war from a different angle. For instance...
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Loss of life, destruction, unending pain and misery - the results of war never seem to make sense. War defies logic. Having searched through stacks of periodicals, military reports, interviews, and other publications, author William Breuer has come up with over one hundred such illogical events, and presents them in Unexplained Mysteries of World War II. From popular mysteries to barely believable happenings, Breuer sheds light on the absurdity of war from a different angle.

The book is broken down into multiple sections, and delves into mysteries like: Who torched the Normandie in New York Harbor? Did a New Yorker ad warn of Pearl Harbor? Did Churchill have a “feeling” that saved his life? Ernest Hemingway lives to tell about switching seats. The night when an American and Japanese soldier accidentally shares a foxhole overnight. A U-boat gives a battleship a piggyback ride in the Atlantic.

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Praise for The Great Raid on Cabanatuan "An exciting narrative presented by a first-rate storyteller."-- Publishers Weekly Acclaim for Feuding Allies "An absorbing look at the impact of Alliance politics on the outcome of WW II." --Kirkus Reviews. "As combat veterans and high commanders know, logic is often a stranger in wartime." --William Breuer, in Unexplained Mysteries of World War II. From Germany's invasion of Poland to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, from D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge to Iwo Jima and Bataan, the legendary battles and encounters of the Second World War have been the subjects of innumerable books. Yet, within the history of World War II, a wide range of mysterious, baffling, oddly coincidental, and inexplicable events remain. Now, critically acclaimed military historian William Breuer presents the first comprehensive book to focus on this vast, intriguing, and unexplored area. Over a period of years, Breuer collected materials from newspapers, magazines, military reports, correspondence, and interviews with the participants. His painstaking research uncovered a wealth of fascinating, at times startling, true tales: captivating cases of strange coincidences, curious happenings, and peculiar premonitions--all as vital a part of the war's history as its great campaigns, strategic designs, and high-level decisions. With a blend of dynamic storytelling and meticulous detail, Breuer deftly highlights more than one hundred of World War II's most puzzling events, including: The burning of the Normandie Destroyed by fire just two months after Hitler declared war on the United States, this French ocean liner was ruined in a matter of hours. Had Nazi saboteurs caused its destruction? Or were Hitler sympathizers behind the disastrous arson job? The attempted kidnapping of the Duke of Windsor As part of Hitler's scheme to dispatch Churchill and King George VI --both of whom the fh?rer regarded as "obstacles to peace" --plans were set in motion to abduct the duke. Only a timely twist of fate saved him from the Nazis' grasp. The sinking of the Tang. A U.S. submarine charged with tracking and destroying Japanese ships in the Formosa Strait, the Tang had sunk more enemy ships than any other U.S. submarine or surface vessel in the Pacific. Her last torpedo, however, would destroy a most unexpected victim. The appearance of "The Deadly Double" advertisement. Appearing in The New Yorker sixteen days before Pearl Harbor, this seemingly innocuous ad for a new dice game, "The Deadly Double," aroused the FBI's suspicion --and raised troubling questions. Had it been placed by German or Japanese spies as a means of notifying their agents in the United States that war was about to erupt? Was it a way for enemy espionage operatives in the United States to warn their colleagues that a sneak attack would be launched somewhere in the Pacific? Written by a man the Wall Street Journal has called a "first-class historian," this colorful treasury of the unexpected and the unexplained is a unique and riveting addition to World War II literature.… (more)

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