What got you interested?

Discussion in 'Historiography' started by Gage, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    I was wondering what started your interest in WWII.
    A friend of mine many years ago gave me a book of a Belgium Pilot called Jean Offenburg, who flew during the Battle of Britain. Ever since then my interest has grown into many different directions and aspects of WWII.
     
  2. Panzerfaust

    Panzerfaust Senior Member

    What really got me interested in WW2 was learning about how all my family members were veterans in it. And one of them happened to be a luftwaffe ace as well!
     
  3. morse1001

    morse1001 Very Senior Member

    What got me interested, was a Airfix model of a Spitfire MK21 which i was given as a birthday present. It included a very brief history of the aircraft
     
  4. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    What got me interested, was a Airfix model of a Spitfire MK21 which i was given as a birthday present. It included a very brief history of the aircraft
    I think the first I made was a MkI Spitfire. My old man made a Harrier which was well cool.:)
     
  5. Panzerfaust

    Panzerfaust Senior Member

    What got me interested, was a Airfix model of a Spitfire MK21 which i was given as a birthday present. It included a very brief history of the aircraft

    Very cool, I used to work with plane models too. My grandpa got me an enola Gay model which i have never successfully finished. :confused:
     
  6. Wise1

    Wise1 There We Are Then

    The holocaust, someone once told me the Germans killed 60 million, I thought they must be mistaken. Sure enough they were but that small amount of research before the internet was available was enough to get me stuck ont he subject for the last 20 years.
     
  7. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    The holocaust, someone once told me the Germans killed 60 million, I thought they must be mistaken. Sure enough they were but that small amount of research before the internet was available was enough to get me stuck ont he subject for the last 20 years.

    I find it hard to read about the Holocaust. It gives me nightmares. I have a book by Martin Gilbert, I will steel myself to read it sometime.
     
  8. Panzerfaust

    Panzerfaust Senior Member

    I thought Mangele was an interesting man, with interesting experiments
     
  9. Cancerkitty

    Cancerkitty Member

    I got interested in the war from listening to my Great Uncles' stories. None of which involved combat, but they were still very interesting.
     
  10. trumpetplayer992

    trumpetplayer992 Senior Member

    i was interested because of the D-Day invasion and the bravery of the soldiers. I also have a friend, Run N Gun, who was interested, so that helps. I liked learning about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I liked the action.
     
  11. Gnomey

    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor

    Not really sure how I got interested it was that long ago. Pretty sure it was from reading books on the subject (one of the first was Bader's Biography and a couple of autobiographies) and everything has spread from there.
     
  12. trumpetplayer992

    trumpetplayer992 Senior Member

    yes, I read books also
     
  13. Wise1

    Wise1 There We Are Then

    I thought Mangele was an interesting man, with interesting experiments

    Interesting comment, what makes him and his experiments "interesting"?
     
  14. Herroberst

    Herroberst Senior Member

    I was wondering what started your interest in WWII.
    Ever since then my interest has grown into many different directions and aspects of WWII.

    Mine too. It was the Ballantine's Illustrated History of World War II weapons book: Infantry Weapons by John Weeks, I was 8yrs old. It cost $1.00. My next book was Panzer Division The Mailed Fist by Major Kenneth Macksey, also for a buck. I still have about 40 of them some I wish were in better condition than others and I wish they still cost only a buck.:cool:
     
  15. Panzerfaust

    Panzerfaust Senior Member

    Interesting comment, what makes him and his experiments "interesting"?

    He had an interesting way of thinking.
     
  16. craftman

    craftman Junior Member

    I had a brother in the army but what me really intrested was my grandfathers diary from his time in India and Burma
     
  17. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Indoctrination from a very early age.... No choice.
     
  18. morse1001

    morse1001 Very Senior Member

    Just a supplementary question.

    What was the first WW2 related book you ever bought?

    Mines was the Longest day, bought for a shilling at a jumble sale at my school!
     
  19. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Just a supplementary question.

    What was the first WW2 related book you ever bought?

    Mines was the Longest day, bought for a shilling at a jumble sale at my school!

    I got given the book at the top of the thread. I'm not really sure. It could have been 'A WAAF in Bomber Command' by Pip Beck. or, 'Enemy Coast Ahead' by Guy Gibson. Maybe even, 'A Spitfire into war' by Sandy Johnstone.:huh:
     
  20. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Well when I was 5 or 6 I was given a box of Airfix German Infantry soldiers to play with and the interest took off from there. The first book I bought was the "World at War" which was a book to accompany the TV series. Great read for the beginner.:D
     

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