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Unexplained mysteries of World War II
Breuer, William B., 1922-2010.
Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley, [1997]

Physical Description:
xiv, 238 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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As combat veterans and high commanders know, logic is often a stranger in wartime. --William B. Breuer, in The annals of World War II are mined with captivating cases of strange coincidences, ominous premonitions, and baffling mysteries.

Author Notes

WILLIAM B. BREUER is one of today's most popular military historians and the author of twenty-three books, including Shadow Warriors, Feuding Allies, The Great Raid on Cabanatuan, and MacArthur's Undercover War, all from Wiley.

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Library Journal Review

More bargain goodies from Castle Books. Every war has its stories of the often inexplicable oddities and million-to-one coincidences that occur. Breuer offers a broad catalog of those weird occurrences emanating from World War II. Almost as strange, and more than a little creepy, Hale chronicles SS honcho Heinrich Himmler's 1938 mission to Tibet to find the Aryan race's roots and possibly to lure the populace to its cause. He also covers Himmler and Hitler's obsession with the occult, horrible concentration camp genetic experiments, and other almost B-movie trappings that are all too real. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Puzzling Events
Dress Rehearsal for Pearl Harbor
Shadowy German Scientist
Spy in the War Cabinet
Phantom of Scapa Flow
Bewildered Allied Generals
Hitler Scuttles Operation Felix
Japanese Spies in Washington
Stalin: An Outwitted Bungler
Switzerland: Hitler's Next Conquest
Suspicious Advertisment
Operation North Pole
Who Set Fire to the Normandie
Convoy SL125: A Sacrificial Ploy
Ultimatum: Slipup or Plot
Political Tangle in the Balkans
Ambush in the Sky
Was the Normandy D-Day Necessary
Evidence of a High-Level Cover-up
Odd Coincidences
Reunited in an Operating Room
Blue-Blood Nazi Spy
Suspicious Arrow of Wheat
A Couple of Mixed-up Britons
A Postcard with a Qunique View
Fifty Surgeons at the Right Place
A Timely Japanese Air-Raid Drill
New York Uranium Merchant
The Spy Who Chose the Wrong House
Look Out Below!
Two GIs on Salerno Beachhead
Long Shot in the Dark
The Second Bill Purdy Wins Out
Pigeon Scores a News Scoop
Parachute in a Million
A Map Found in Normandy
The Mac Arthurs Have a Houseguest
Sad Discovery in a Cemetery
Rommel and Montgomery
Lost Dog Tag
A "Dead" Soldier Reappears
Kamikaze Hits the Calloway
A Sister's Startling Discovery
Inseparable Twins
A Nazi Bigwig Slept Here
A German General's Homecoming
Nabbing a Nazi Nabob
Curious Happenings
United States Tunes In to Hitler
An Anti-Nazi Paces Hitler's War
Dame Fate Foils a Kidnapping
Dead Spy Put to Work
A Cooperative German Commandant
A Pilot's On-th-Job Training
Ghost Pilot of Kienow
Make-Do Bombadier Scores Big
A Journalist Beats the Odds
Nazis Aif U.S. A-Bomb Creation
Piggyback Ride on a U-Boat
A Spy for Both Sides
A Lifesaving Candy Bar
A Bolt Out of the Blue
Lady Luck Saves a Sailor
A German Pilot Joins His Victims
Bombing Patriots Out of Prison
Sleeping His Way into Battle
Freakish Farewell to Arms
Belated Surrender on Guam
Fluke Wound in an Aid Station
A German Courier Gets Lost
An Old German in a Garden
Snoozing on Iwo Jima
A Sub Sinks Itself
An Urgent Signal Saves a Ship
Was There a Plot to Kidnap Hitler's Corpse
Living Unknown Serviceman
Uncanny Riddles
Did Britain Try to Bribe Hitler
Did the Allies Aid the Pearl Harbor Plan
Was Frau Goebbels Defecting
Could $212 Have Prevented a U.S. Disaster
Reinhard Heydrich's Secret
A Crucial Page Disappear
A Nazi Report Vanishes
The Luftwaffe Spares Doolittle
The Weasel Goes on the Lam
Who Tried to Murder de Gaulle
The Strange Death of Joe Kennedy
A Shining Beacon in Normandy
Ghost Voice in the Ardennes
Who Concealed Soviet Butchery
People Who Vanished
The Polish Genius
The Mysterious Countess
A Propagandist's Blunder
The Lady Be Good
A General's Final Mission
Churchill's Kin Freddy
Into the "Devil's Triangle."?
Search for a German General
Bormann: The Fuhrer's Watchdog
A Bell Tools for a Sailor
Doomsday for Flight 19