The many older books can be located in second-hand book stores,
reference libraries via ILL (Inter-Library Loan), or by book finders.
Of course, you know to read magazines and newspapers of the time
to pick up the period flavour and concerns.
For costume, avoid most books: they often lump "the Forties"
together, though there were two fashion periods, the shoulder
pads, high hem, late-Thirties-like fashions of the first half,
and the purposely revolutionary, corsetted, narrow-shouldered,
long, full-skirted New Look from Dior after the War. Best to read
back issues of the fashion magazines of the period.
Be sure and catch the Atlas of Civilisation series, in this case
the WWII chapters of The Cultural Atlas of France,
The Cultural Atlas of Russia, etc.
American Red Cross
Angelucci, Enzo, & Paolo Maricardi
Braun, Werner von, and Frederick I. Ordway III
Chapman, Charles Frederic
Churchill, Sir Winston
Cormack, Alexander J.R., editor, with Mjr. F. W. A.
Hobart and Lt. Col. John Weeks
Donhoff, Marion, countess
Duffy, James P., and Vincent L. Ricci
Dupuy, Trevor Nevitt, Col. US Army, ret.
Hadjipateras, C. N.
Hatcher, Julian S., Maj. Gen., US Army, ret.
Hogg, Ian V.
Keegan, John, ed.
Lee, Eric C. B. & Kenneth
Lincoln, John Ware
Macksey, Kenneth & John H. Batchelor
Melton, H. Keith
The Military Service Publishing Company
Nock, O .S., editor
Rawicz, Slavomir, as told to Ronald Downing
Rowland, K. T.
Salmonson, Jessica Amanda
de Seversky, Maj. Alexander P.
Shiber, Etta, with Anne and Paul Dupre
Simonds, Frank H., Litt.D., & Brooks Emeny, PhD
Smith, J. R., and Antony L. Kay
Sparks, Nancy J., editor
Time Life Books, the editors of
Valant, Gary M.
Vanderveen, Bart H., editor; compiled by the Olyslager
Ventry, Arthur F. D. E., baron, and Eugene M. Koesnik
Willmott, H. P.
Wood, Tony, and Bill Gunston
editors of the New York *World*
There's some astonishing stuff out there, from aircraft training
films to deathcamp footage "For Adults Only." This a
sample of items to get you grounded.
Fight for the Sky - P47/P-47 Operations ****
Flying the B-17 ****
Great Battles of World War II: North Africa/Western
Victory At Sea ****
The "Why We Fight Series" *****!
A thorough-going linksite maintained by the University of California
at Riverside, H-GIG sorts by area, by era (ancient, Medieval,
early Modern, Modern, and 20th C<yours>), or by topic (military,
women, etc.). It's a good place to start a hunt for books and