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Milt Gross Book review: "World War II in 500 Photographs by Time Home Entertainment, Inc."
By Milton M. Gross
Jun 15, 2014 - 6:05:05 AM

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"BE AN INSTANT EXPERT," the top of this Time Life photo-book of World War II picture states. I don't know why I'd want to be an expert on World War II, but the book is filled with 500 photos that are intriguing. Milt Gross photo.
I'm young enough that I don't actually recall World War II, except for my family's walking to our town center to celebrate the victory of the Allies over Germany. I recall holding on to my mother's hand during all the exultant shouting and other sounds of celebration that night.

I did know a couple of veterans of that war, one who would never talk about it, which seems to be common of many veterans of that war, I understand, and one who told me he sat on a river bank and shot Germans as they attempted to cross the river.

"These were just other men I was shooting," I recall him telling me.

World War II in 500 Photographs brings it all to too-realistic life. The book takes the reader from a 1936 shot of German soldiers massed to hear a speech by Adolf Hitler to a photo of modern Tokyo, rebuilt after the War.

The book is not a straight essay type but a series of articles under titles, such as "Vanquished No More" near the book's end. This is about how Germany and Japan fared after the War, including that Marshall Plan loans of about $15 billion in today's currency helped West Germany get back on her feet. That heading also includes the 1989 collapse of communism and the demolition of the Berlin Wall that had divided Germany since 1961.

The back cover states, "...this essential guide brings you to the front lines of the war that changed our world."

The fear of communism became real to me in the late 1960s, when I met an escapee from one of the Eastern European countries. My wife and I took him to visit Grafton Notch State Park, where he said he was amazed that he could talk openly without worrying about someone hiding behind a tree, listening.

This very complete 2014 paperback publication is priced on the back at $17.95 and for $11.35 at

If you're intrigued or at all interested in World War II, I'd recommend you buy a copy, read through it, and then keep it on a shelf for future reference.

An informative publication.

Milt Gross can be reached for corrections, harassment, or other purposes at

Milton M. Gross Copyright 2014

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