Assault Gun World War II Operational Level Rules

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.

Battle For Moscow Free WWII Board Game

Years ago, GDW used to hand out copies of a simple Frank Chadwick game called Battle for Moscow. I’ve got a copy, and have used it to introduce players to board style hex wargaming. If you dont’ have a copy of this classic, you can download it here.

WWII Air War Campaigns

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.

Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose

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.

Band of Brothers : E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest

The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer

The Forgotten Soldier is Guy Sajer’s memoir of his life as a young soldier on the eastern front in World War II. A member of the famed Gross deutschland division, Sajer fought in most of the major battles of the war against the Soviet Union: Minsk, Kiev, Kharkov, Donetz … Kursk. The book is an amazing work — exciting … and chilliing. His descriptions are as vivid as any movie I have seen. Even though I read it nearly ten years ago, I can still recall the final battles in east Prussia — as horrifying an experience as I can think of. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

The Forgotten Soldier