World War II Battles in Fiction

Fighting on the seas, in the air, on the beaches and fields...

World War II may be one of the most well-documented wars in history. Not only do we have countless photographs, newsreels, non-fiction books and films to transport us to the bloody battlefields, there is also an enormous catalogue of novels that depict the ferocity, heroism, and frustrations of war, some of them even written by those who were actually there.

The Steel Wave cover

1. The Steel Wave

Jeff Shaara
Last Citadel cover

2. Last Citadel

David L. Robbins
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

3. Slaughterhouse 5

Kurt Vonnegut
Das Boot cover

4. Das Boot

Lothar-Gunther Buchheim
Run Silent Run Deep cover

6. Run Silent, Run Deep

Edward L. Beach
Mavis's Shoe cover

7. Mavis's Shoe

Sue Reid Sexton
Tamar cover

9. Tamar

Mal Peet
The Far Reaches cover

11. The Far Reaches

Homer Hickam
Blackout cover

12. Blackout

Connie Willis
The Cruel Sea cover

14. The Cruel Sea

Nicholas Monsarrat
HMS Ulysses cover

17. HMS Ulysses

Alistair MacLean
The Few cover

18. The Few

Cathy McSporran

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust

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