Unexplained Mysteries WWII

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Loss of life, destruction, unending pain and misery - the results of war never seem to make sense. War defies logic. Having searched through stacks of periodicals, military reports, interviews, and other publications, author William Breuer has come up with over one hundred such illogical events, and presents them in Unexplained Mysteries of World War II. From popular mysteries to barely believable happenings, Breuer sheds light on the absurdity of war from a different angle.


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Loss of life, destruction, unending pain and misery - the results of war never seem to make sense. War defies logic. Having searched through stacks of periodicals, military reports, interviews, and other publications, author William Breuer has come up with over one hundred such illogical events, and presents them in Unexplained Mysteries of World War II. From popular mysteries to barely believable happenings, Breuer sheds light on the absurdity of war from a different angle.

The book is broken down into multiple sections, and delves into mysteries like:

  • Who torched the Normandie in New York Harbor?
  • Did a New Yorker ad warn of Pearl Harbor?
  • Did Churchill have a “feeling” that saved his life?
  • Ernest Hemingway lives to tell about switching seats.
  • The night when an American and Japanese soldier accidentally shares a foxhole overnight.
  • A U-boat gives a battleship a piggyback ride in the Atlantic.
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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. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785822530
  • Publisher: Book Sales
  • Publication date: 1/15/2007
  • Pages: 238
  • Sales rank: 266,096
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xiii
Puzzling Events
Dress Rehearsal for Pearl Harbor?     3
Shadowy German Scientist     7
Spy in the War Cabinet?     9
Phantom of Scapa Flow     12
Bewildered Allied Generals     14
Hitler Scuttles Operation Felix     18
Japanese Spies in Washington     20
Stalin: An Outwitted Bungler     21
Switzerland: Hitler's Next Conquest?     26
Suspicious Advertisement     28
Operation North Pole     31
Who Set Fire to the Normandie?     34
Convoy SL125: A Sacrificial Ploy?     37
Ultimatum: Slipup or Plot?     38
Political Tangle in the Balkans     41
Ambush in the Sky     42
Was the Normandy D-Day Necessary?     46
Evidence of a High-Level Cover-Up     48
Odd Coincidences
Reunited in an Operating Room     55
Blue-Blood Nazi Spy     57
Suspicious Arrow of Wheat     58
A Couple of Mixed-up Britons     58
A Postcard with a Unique View     59
Fifty Surgeons at the Right Place     59
A Timely Japanese Air-Raid Drill     60
New York Uranium Merchant     62
The Spy Who Chose the Wrong House     63
Two Deadly Foes Meet Again     64
Look Out Below!     65
Two GIs on Salerno Beachhead     67
Long Shot in the Dark     68
The Second Bill Purdy Wins Out     70
Pigeon Scores a News Scoop     70
Parachute in a Million     72
A Map Found in Normandy     73
The MacArthurs Have a Houseguest     74
Sad Discovery in a Cemetery     75
Rommel and Montgomery     76
Lost Dog Tag     77
A "Dead" Soldier Reappears     78
Kamikaze Hits the Calloway     80
A Sister's Startling Discovery     81
Inseparable Twins     81
A Nazi Bigwig Slept Here     83
A German General's Homecoming     83
Nabbing a Nazi Nabob     85
Curious Happenings
United States Tunes In to Hider     89
An Anti-Nazi Paces Hitler's War     90
Dame Fate Foils a Kidnapping     91
Dead Spy Put to Work     92
A Cooperative German Commandant     93
A Pilot's On-the-Job Training     95
Ghost Pilot of Kienow     96
Make-Do Bombardier Scores Big     98
A Journalist Beats the Odds     99
Nazis Aid U.S. A-Bomb Creation     101
Piggyback Ride on a U-Boat     104
A Spy for Both Sides     106
A Lifesaving Candy Bar     108
A Bolt Out of the Blue     109
Lady Luck Saves a Sailor     110
A German Pilot Joins His Victims     111
Bombing Patriots Out of Prison     112
Sleeping His Way into Battle     113
Freakish Farewell to Arms     114
Belated Surrender on Guam     115
Fluke Wound in an Aid Station     116
A German Courier Gets Lost     117
An Old German in a Garden     118
Snoozing on Iwo Jima     119
A Sub Sinks Itself     120
An Urgent Signal Saves a Ship     122
Was There a Plot to Kidnap Hitler's Corpse?     123
Living Unknown Serviceman     126
Uncanny Riddles
Did Britain Try to Bribe Hitler?     131
Did the Allies Aid the Pearl Harbor Plan?     132
Was Frau Goebbels Defecting?     134
Could {dollar}212 Have Prevented a U.S. Disaster?     135
Reinhard Heydrich's Secret     137
A Crucial Page Disappears      138
A Nazi Report Vanishes     139
The Luftwaffe Spares Doolittle     140
The Weasel Goes on the Lam     141
Who Tried to Murder de Gaulle?     143
The Strange Death of Joe Kennedy     145
A Shining Beacon in Normandy     147
Ghost Voice in the Ardennes     148
Who Concealed Soviet Butchery?     150
People Who Vanished
The Polish Genius     155
The Mysterious Countess     158
A Propagandist's Blunder     159
The Lady Be Good     160
A General's Final Mission     162
Churchill's Kin Freddy     164
Into the "Devil's Triangle"     166
Search for a German General     168
Bormann: The Fuhrer's Watchdog     170
A Bell Tolls for a Sailor     174
Doomsday for Flight 19     174
Peculiar Premonitions
Churchill's Sudden Impulse     177
Mamie Eisenhower's Prediction     178
General Patton's "Previous Life"     179
"Captain Eddie" Senses Big Trouble     180
"I'll See You Someday!"     183
"I've Got a Gut Feeling!"     184
An Old Colonel's Luck Runs Out     185
"Friendly Fire" off Anzio     186
No Need for a Lighter     188
Ernest Hemingway Changes Chairs     189
A Bride's Haunting Nightmare     191
"Old Blood and Guts" Awakens     193
Ernie Pyle's Last Battle     193
Patton Tells His Family Good-bye     196
Strange Encounters
Roosevelt Meets a Nazi Agent     203
A Pipeline to the Fuhrer     205
Unlikely Reunion on the Rhine     208
A Publisher Visits the Front     209
A Chance Homecoming in Italy     210
Truce in an Irish Pub     210
Two Soldiers in a Foxhole     212
Getting an Old Friend Hanged     213
An Oil Baron Calls on Himmler     215
Notes and Sources     219
Selected Bibliography     227
Index     231
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