Intro and question.

Discussion in 'User Introductions' started by Ajcymru, Jun 2, 2018.

  1. Ajcymru

    Ajcymru New Member

    Hello all.
    I'm Andrew from merthyr Tydfil in South wales.44 years old and since my father first took me to the library when i was a kid I have been fascinated in world war 2 but I dont consider myself to know that much,I have read many books about the subject as a whole but I was told recently to pick a subject such as dunkirk or d day and study it.but how do you start to study a subject in depth?
  2. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    Welcome to the forum. Your best bet would be to post some queries on the relevant sub forum for the BEF in 1940 and the Normandy Campaign through to VE Day 1945 -


    NW Europe

    Good Luck.

  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Welcome to the forum.
    Who told you to pick a subject ?
    Just do what you want to do.
  4. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    Hi AJ. You start with the basics I guess. If Dunkirk is your thing then having a read of one of the excellent books on the subject is a good place to start. This will give you a bit of background and a good overall understanding of the subject. Walter Lord’s “The Miracle If Dunkirk” is a good place to start - it covers the whole affair and is a good read to boot. From there you might decide to take a deeper interest and read some of the more detailed history books or one devoted to various aspects of the campaign - the rearguard, massacres carried out by the Germans, the little ships, role of Royal Navy and RAF, the German perspective and so on. Another good primer is the BBC’s three part Dunkirk drama documentary - it was officially released last year but can also be found in YouTube.

    As Steve suggests above, as you’ve made the excellent decision to come to this forum you would be well advised to hav a look through the 1940 forum where you will find many interesting and informative threads. Have a good root about and make use fo the search function before posting any of your own questions as you may find someone has already asked it and found an answer.

    All of the above can also be applied to D-Day if that is your preference.

    Good luck and enjoy your research.
  5. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    A glib answer is to read everything listed in the bibliography of what you've just read. That's essentially what deep study is and it will ultimately lead you back to archival sources and, perhaps, new ones. Then you start forming your own opinions...
  6. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

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