From Jim Wallman comes Blitz, one of the more imaginative miniatures rules sets I have encountered. In it, you command squads of firefighters coping with the dangers of the London Blitz of 1940 – 1941.
Micro Armor Devastation is a set of fast play miniatures rules for land and air combat from World War II onward. They’re very nicely done in a pdf format.
Assault Gun is a set of free wargames rules by David Kershaw. David writes:
This rule set is designed to allow players to simulate large actions of the Second World War using miniature models. Each division is represented by less than 10 bases (regiments and battalions), so players can command several divisions each, and play a recognisable action of the Second World War.
JD Burgess’ site has a list of major WWII air war campaigns. For each, he has lists of the planes that participated, with links to photos and information.
In this classic oral history, Stephen Ambrose follows Easy Company of the 506th Airborne from their training to the end of World War II. It’s an easy-to-read, compelling account of men at war. I came away from this book greatly admiring the men of Easy Company. This book was the basis of the hit HBO Television series “Band of Brothers.” In many ways, this book reminded me of the classic Cornelius Ryan works like A Bridge Too Far and The Longest Day. Ambrose has taken criticism for some factual errors in his work, but the reader must remember that this is an ORAL history, and the memories of the men involved may have dimmed with time.