Unexplained Mysteries of World War II

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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. Now, William Breuer's painstaking research has yielded over 100 fascinating historical accounts, including:

The mysterious fire on the Normandie . . . Who really was behind the...

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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. Now, William Breuer's painstaking research has yielded over 100 fascinating historical accounts, including:

The mysterious fire on the Normandie . . . Who really was behind the eerily efficient destruction of the famed ocean liner?

The ominous "Deadly Double" advertisement in The New Yorker . . . Was it a coded leak to Japanese and German spies announcing the upcoming bombing of Pearl Harbor?

The botched Nazi kidnapping of the Duke of Windsor . . . How did a serendipitous series of events save the duke from Hitler's grasp (and the Allied forces from a crippling strategic setback)?

The curious sinking of the Tang

. . . How did this deadliest of U.S. submarines come to meet such an unexpected and mysterious end?

"Anyone interested in twists of fate should find this book fascinating." —Library Journal

"While away a few hours or spend a few minutes at a time enjoying this collection of inexplicable, mysterious, and strange tales." —Nashville Banner

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Library Journal
What do 50 doctors in Hawaii, a lost dog tag, and a $212 unpaid storage fee have in common? They are just a few of the strange occurrences, odd coincidences, and unexplained mysteries of World War II collected here by Breuer (Shadow Warriors, LJ 5/1/96), who offers a less serious look at a very serious subject. Some of the oddities he unearthed include a candy bar that saved a life and a German spy living next to the top British spy-catcher. Anyone interested in twists of fate should find this book fascinating. For public libraries.Terry L. Wirick, Erie Cty. Lib. System, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471291077
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 380,505
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM B. BREUER is one of today's most popular military historians and the author of over 20 books, including The Great Raid on Cabanatuan, MacArthur's Undercover War, Shadow Warriors, and Feuding Allies, all from Wiley. He lives in Cleveland, Tennessee.
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Table of Contents


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.


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 MacArthurs 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.


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.


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?


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.


Churchill's Sudden Impulse.

Manie Eisenhower's Prediction.

General Patton's "Previous Life."

"Captain Eddie" Senses Big Trouble.

"I'll See You Someday!"

"I've Got a Gut Feeling!"

An Old Colonel's Luch Runds Out.

"Friendly Fire" off Anzio.

No Need for a Ligher.

Ernest Hemingway Changes Chairs.

A Bride's Haunting Nightmare.

"Old Blood and Guts" Awakens.

Ernie Pyle's Last Battle.

Patton Tells His Family Good-Bye.


Roosevelt Meets a Nazi Agent.

A Pipeline to the Fu'ajhrer.

Unlikely Reunion on the Rhine.

A Publisher Visits the Front.

A Chance Homecoming in Italy.

Truce in an Irish Pub.

Two Soldiers in a Foxhole.

Getting an Old Friend Hanged.

An Oil Baron Calls in Himmler.

Notes and Sources.

Selected Bibliography.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Great for history buffs

    I bought this for my 15 yr. old son (who loves history) for Christmas. He was really excited to get it. He said it is great and has lots of interesting info. in it. I also bought him a book titled FUBAR to go with it it is soldier slang from W.W.II

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Christmas Gift

    My son, a retired Colonel, is in to all and anything regarding World War II. I thought this would be a great gift for him as a Christmas gift and he loved the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2007

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    Hello, When I read this book, I was astounded in it's stories of lost soliders and coincedences. I highly reccommend this book!

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