Military History Books

World War Two Books

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 Espionage & the SOE Japan & the Pacific Front Prisoner Of War Stalingrad The Atlantic The Third Reich

As seen in the Blackpool Gazette.

Blackpool Gazette

A well-presented account that is balanced and comprehensive.


This is an excellent account from a fresh perspective that will be memorable for the reader. It is impressive that new views and insights are still emerging from a war that is now almost seventy years from its ending.


The name of Major John Howard is synonymous with the assault on Pegasus Bridge during the first minutes of the D-Day landings, and while many books have attempted to describe this most famous of actions, there can surely be no substitute for the words of the man who trained, planned and led the attack. The Pegasus Diaries is an extremely detailed and personal memoir of a man who was commissioned from the ranks into the 2nd Battalion The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, and it follows his career from taking command of "D" Company in 1942 to the end of the war, including the intense training leading up to D-Day and his account of all that took place on the 6th June 1944. It continues to describe his part in the remainder of the Normandy campaign, and also the tragic end to his career when he was badly injured in a road accident and, despite his best efforts to recover and return to the Airborne, ultimately invalided out of the Army.

Pegasus Archive

A part of the Images of War series, this book displays a marvellous collection of photographs, mostly drawn from the archives of the Imperial War Museum. The majority have rarely been printed before, and each are presented in a large and clear format with detailed explanatory notes. Despite the seemingly limited title, the book encompasses the wider Normandy campaign, with chapters detailing the build-up to the invasion, the consolidation of the beachhead and the advance into France. The photographs portray events from the Allied perspective with a balanced coverage of nationalities and the contributing arms; of infantry, tanks, shipping, and a number of quite dramatic images of bombing and low-level air attacks. Also included are a number of the much less lauded but essential factors, including supply, maintenance, the preparation of landing strips in the invasion area, and the evacuation of wounded by air.

Pegasus Archive