Tag: wwii

40 Recommended WWII Films (Non-English)

  Last week we brought you the 40 Recommended WWII Films in English as picked by the authors of the Facebook Second World War Club. This week, as promised, we're sharing with you our picks for non-English WWII films. (I really don't want to call these "foreign films" because I have no idea who is reading this blog post, as far as the readers go, these movies might not be foreign at all. By the way, I can't believe I forgot to mention Band of Brothers last week. Granted, Band of Brothers is not a movie but a TV series. But it is hands-down the best TV series I've ever watched. If you're are WWII history buff, you really should not miss it. Go ahead and and rent it or buy it now. You won't regret it. Anyway, here goes with our list of non-English WWII films. As last week, the films are listed in reverse chronological order and are recommendations by authors of our Club. The commentary, however, are purely my opinions. Past Life (2016 Israeli) We’re recommending this film because it is in theater now. It’s not epic in scale like Dunkirk, but it might interest you if you wish to see something more intimate. Synopsis: Two sisters, the daughters of Holocaust survivors, investigate the mystery of their difficult father’s experiences in Poland during World War II. Land of Mine (2015 Danish) Battle for Sevastopol (2015 Russian) While American Sniper Chris Kyle got the full-on Hollywood treatment (and…

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Stories of WWII: December 1941 On December 7th 1941, a pivotal event took place that changed the face of World War II. Hundreds of Japanese fighter planes carried out a devastating surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. By December 11th, the United States was at war with the Axis Powers in the Pacific and European theaters. World War II raged for almost another four years, but the entry of the world’s greatest economy into the conflict profoundly influenced its course. (more…)

Rose of Anzio WW2 Tour!

Last month (Sept 2016), I took a WW2 tour of Italy to visit the sites I had written about in Rose of Anzio. I'm happy to now share with you the photos I had taken, which I had posted on my facebook page. It was truly a remarkable trip, and I hope you enjoy these. To see the albums, just click on the album title.   Album 1: From Licata to Naples Album 2: Cassino City Album 3: Monte Cassino Album 4: Anzio Album 5: Cisterna

Bombing on the 33rd Field Hospital

  If you have been reading Rose of Anzio, you know that Tessa Graham, the heroine of the story, served as an army nurse for the U.S. 33rd Field Hospital during this fictional account of the Battle of Anzio. One of the true historical event which I had incorporated into the story was the February 10th bombing of the 33rd. The second piece of artwork that graphic artist Jeff Brown did for Book 3-Desire  was an allegorical depiction of this bombing event. In the illustration, Tessa and Jesse Garland were (more…)

Rose of Anzio FanArts – Artists’ views of Anthony and Tessa

It's been so long since I updated this blog. My long hiatus was partly because I've been very busy working on Rose of Anzio Book 2, then Book 3 for release. Another reason was I kept trying to find time to write Part 3 of the Interventionists vs. Isolationists Blog series. I still haven't had time to write Part 3 because I needed time to pull all my research information together, and it's stopping me from sharing more blog posts. So today, I decided to not let Part 3 be my barrier anymore. I'll get to it when I get to it. Meanwhile, I want to share with you some wonderful fan arts created by several very talented artists who are reading Rose of Anzio. I am so fortunate that these artists love the characters and were inspired to create illustrations of them. I am touched by what they have done. It is also very interesting for me to see what Anthony and Tessa look like in their imaginations.   This first picture was made by manga artist Loreley. Loreley has an amazing eye for colors and I absolutely love the colors she used to create this picture. Here, we have a very cute Tessa as she appeared in Moonlight at age 15, in her favorite red dress. You can see more of Loreley's artwork here: http://loreley25.deviantart.com/gallery/   The second illustration was made by Nuria Marquez. This Anthony is so handsome, I can't stop looking at him. Tessa's eyes are full of her…