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For single volume histories of the war (in a fairly ordinary ‘history book’ style), John Keegans ‘The Second World War’ is OK, an older one but with better maps is Colonel Eddy Bauers ‘The Second World War’, and the one we all read back in the 1970s while playing Third Reich was ‘Total War’ by Calvacoressi and Wint.

As noted above, there are lots and lots of personal memoirs of varying interest and scope. John has already mentioned many of the good ones but I would also chip in with a couple from the other side, particularly Guderians ‘Panzer Leader’, Hans Schmidts ‘With Rommel in the Desert’ and Adolf Gallands ‘The First and the Last’.

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