World War II


Pen and Sword Books have an impressive and comprehensive range of World War Two books. Far from waning, interest in the global land, sea and air conflict grows with every successive generation. Our list has something for everyone, whether it be from memoirs, biographies, pictorial histories, studies of campaigns and a superb selection of guidebooks, covering many of the Battlefields of the Second World War.

Arnhem Battle of Britain Battle of the Bulge Battlefield Guides WW2 Berlin 1945 D-Day & Normandy Eastern Front Espionage & the SOE German Forces Japan & the Pacific Front Prisoners Of War Stalingrad The Atlantic The Third Reich


Former shipmaster Bernard Edwards has a fine pedigree in producing insightful accounts of the Merchant Navy at war, and his latest title is an excellent examination of the most testing conflict that British merchant ships have faced. Bernard Edwards writes fluently, with well-drawn descriptions of the key events, and the book uses contemporary accounts - including Donitz's - to convey the stark reality of the war at sea in a powerful and dramatic way which emphasises the initially one-sided nature of the remorseless attacks on the convoys.

Nautilus International Telegraph

Following on from 2012's Volume One, this new book provides comprehensive coverage of the Kriegsmarine's warships in the second half of the war. For a modeller building one of these vessels, this book must be the most useful and authoritative source. Highly recommended.

Marine Modelling International

If you are looking for a fighting chance of understanding any battle or campaign it is essential to view the battlefield from both sides. In this case, the battlefield is the airspace over Germany. This book is a well researched, well illustrated and therefore, comprehensive account of the air war over the Third Reich. A recommended read for those interested in the Bomber offensive in particular.

The Eagle (Journal of the Glider Pilot Regiment)

This is a long overdue account of Belgiu's role in World War Two. Jean-Michel Veranneman has really gone beyond the usual account of the storm Blitzkrieg ravaging neutral Belgium. He gives a detailed account of the 18-day resistance offered by the outnumbered and outgunned Belgian military. Equally interesting are the chapters on the realities of the occupation, the overseas contingents that fought on after capitulation and the Belgians that fought for the Nazi regime later in the war. Fascinating stuff.

Despatches (The Guild of Battlefield Guides)

An important addition to our understanding of how people behave in combat and which provides vignettes that will illustrate further analyses of the air and sea campaign during the Second World War.

Australian Naval Institute