WWII

Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Filled with paratroopers, a U.S. warplane lumbered down an English runway in 1944 to spearhead the World War II D-Day invasion with a message for Adolf Hitler painted in bright yellow across its nose: "That's All, Brother."

Seventy-five years later, in a confluence of history and luck, that plane is again bound for the French coast for what could be the last great commemoration of the Allied battle to include D-Day veterans, many of whom are now in their 90s.

“Undefeated: From Basketball to Battle: West Point’s Perfect Season 1944”

Author: Jim Noles  

Publisher: Casemate Books

Pages: 272

Price: $29.95 (Hardcover)

Birmingham attorney Jim Noles is also the author of a string of books.

His “Pocketful of History,” which explains the images on the new set of United States quarters, state by state, was such a needed and useful project it causes consternation: Why didn’t I think of that!

His other books, however, have military subjects.

“The Allies: Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II”

Author: Winston Groom 

Publisher: National Geographic

Pages: 463

Price: $30.00 (Hardcover)

“The Allies” is Winston Groom’s twentieth book, his twelfth book of nonfiction. Not surprisingly, he has become a smooth storyteller, usually writing about America’s wars—Civil, 1812, or the Western Front in WWI, reading and synthesizing huge quantities of material and presenting it in narrative form for the common reader.

“In the Shadow of Hitler: Alabama’s Jews, the Second World War, and the Holocaust”

Author: Dan J. Puckett

Publisher: The University of Alabama Press

Pages: 326                                                                                          

Price: $44.95 (Hardback) ; $34.95 (Paperback)

Dan Puckett, who teaches history at Troy University, has published a scholarly history of Jews in Alabama, not covering all aspects from 1795 till now, but focusing on the run-up to WWII, escapees, Naziism and the war itself, displaced persons, and Zionism.