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Great World War II Stories: 50th Anniversary Collection (1989)

by The Octopus Group (Editor)

Other authors: James Aldridge (Contributor), J.G. Ballard (Contributor), Lindsay Baly (Contributor), H.E. Bates (Contributor), Paul Brickhill (Contributor)31 more, Graham Brooks (Contributor), Robert J. Casey (Contributor), R.L. Crimp (Contributor), Martha Gelhorn (Contributor), Guy Gibson (Contributor), David Harding (Illustrator), Joseph Heller (Contributor), John Hersey (Contributor), Richard Hillary (Contributor), James Jones (Contributor), Nella Last (Contributor), Norman Mailer (Contributor), Bruce Marshall (Contributor), James A. Michener (Contributor), R.J. Minney (Contributor), Nicholas Monsarrat (Contributor), Ewen Montague (Contributor), W. Stanley Moss (Contributor), Raymond Paull (Contributor), John Prebble (Contributor), P.R. Reed (Contributor), Charles J. Rolo (Contributor), Cornelius Ryan (Contributor), F.J. Salfeld (Contributor), Ronald Seth (Contributor), Irwin Shaw (Contributor), Nevil Shute (Contributor), John Steinbeck (Contributor), Kurt Vonnegut (Contributor), Nancy Wake (Contributor), Evelyn Waugh (Contributor)

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A collection of stories from World War II, excerpted from novels, histories and memoirs, chiefly British and American, covers events from the French resistance to the slaughter at Stalingrad and the bombing of Hiroshima
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Aldridge, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ballard, J.G.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baly, LindsayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bates, H.E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brickhill, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brooks, GrahamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Casey, Robert J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crimp, R.L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gelhorn, MarthaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gibson, GuyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harding, DavidIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heller, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hersey, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hillary, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Last, NellaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mailer, NormanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marshall, BruceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Michener, James A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Contents:
  • A Perfect Morning (from The Young Lions) / Irwin Shaw
  • Lunghua Camp (from Empire of the Sun) / J.G. Ballard
  • The Journey (from A Town like Alice) / Nevil Shute
  • The Birth of an Idea (from The Man Who Never Was) / Ewen Montague
  • The Big Day (from From Here to Eternity) / James Jones
  • Abducting the General (from Ill Met by Midnight) / W. Stanley Moss
  • The Landing at Kuralei (from Tales of the South Pacific) / James A. Michener
  • Shall I Live for a Ghost (from The Last Enemy) / Richard Hillary
  • Billy Pilgrim (from Slaughterhouse Five) / Kurt Vonnegut
  • Battalion in Defense (from Officers and Gentlemen) / Evelyn Waugh
  • Anopopei (from The Naked and the Dead) / Norman Mailer
  • 'Plane Land Here' (from Wingate's Raiders) / Charles J. Rolo
  • Mission Asymptote (from The White Rabbit) / Bruce Marshall
  • Fraternizing with the Enemy? (from Reach for the Sky) / Paul Brickhill
  • Shooting Party (from Grand Party) Graham Brooks
  • H-Hour (from The Longest Day) / Cornelius Ryan
  • Into Germany (from Carve Her Name with Pride) / R.J. Minney
  • Ironbottom Sound (from Ironbottom Sound) / Lindsay Baly
  • The First Bid for Freedom (from The Colditz Story) / P.R. Reed
  • Some Were Unlucky (from Enemy Coast Ahead) / Guy Gibson, VC
  • May 1941 (from Nella Last's Diary) / Nella Last
  • Major Major Major Major (from Catch-22) / Joseph Heller
  • The Battle of the Bulge (from The Face of War) / Martha Gelhorn
  • The Invasion of Papua (from Retreat from Kokoda) / Raymond Paull
  • No Trouble at All (from The Stories of Flying Officer X) / H.E. Bates
  • Stalingrad: The Story of the Battle (from Stalingrad: Point of Return) / Ronald Seth
  • The Soldier Looks for His Family / John Prebble
  • The White Mouse and the Maquis d'Auvergne (from The White Mouse) / Nancy Wake
  • Fear of Death / F.J. Salfeld
  • The Invaders (from The Moon is Down) / John Steinbeck
  • The Compass Rose (from The Cruel Sea) / Nicholas Monsarrat
  • The Diary of a Desert Rat (from The Diary of a Desert Rat) / R.L. Crimp
  • The Mannerheim Line (from Of Many Men) / James Aldridge
  • Midway (from Torpedo Junction) / Robert J. Casey
  • Hiroshima: The Fire (from Hiroshima) / John Hersey
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