Military history articles and books of the fallen

By Anthony Buccino

Military history books and articles by Anthony Buccino

Veterans are different from you and me

“For those who have fought for it freedom has a taste the protected will never know”

Engraved on a Vietnam War era Zippo lighter.

Remembering the soldier named above the street sign

Because of Gary P. Formica, I set out on a project to find the biographies of all the soldiers who died from my town ... Now, my town is considering adding soldier's names to the street signs near where they lived.

D-Day, Allied Invasion at Normandy, France: 75th Anniversary

On June 6, 1944, the Allies landed on the beaches at Normandy aiming at the ultimate defeat of Hitler's war machine.

Gen. Eisenhower letter to troops headed to Normandy

Nutley Author Publishes Military Dad's Letters From OverseasPacific Theater - Remembering our sons who perished

With all the attention recently being paid the cable TV series, we should now take time to remember the sacrifice of Belleville and Nutley sons who perished in World War II in the Pacific theater. Here, from the news reports of the day


Draftee the WWII Sherman tank at the National WW2 MuseumD-Day Landing Reenactment, Lake Erie, Conneaut, Ohio

The gunfire is loud and the battle action long and inspiring, proving the discipline and endurance of our armed forces then, and these authentically outfitted re-enactors now.

Diving into ‘Draftee’ a WWII Sherman tank

I sit in the commander seat. The five-man crew is a loader, gunner, driver and assistant driver. Tankers are known to carry a sidearm in case of a Zippo event (lights on first strike).

WW2 Letters Home from the South Pacific by Angelo Buccino

WW2 Letters Home From The South Pacific

“Met there’s dam little I can write about from this end. But I’m okay & still kicking that’s the main thing.”

The Longest Day for a Birthday

Dad's cousin who was to be best man at his wedding
had been left for dead by Germans during the Normandy Invasion.

Outside Pursuits 

Harborside Editor Works To Make Sure His Town's War Dead Aren't Forgotten

Falduti Parachutes into Normandy on D-Day

Nelson Rummel Recalls D-Day at Omaha Beach

Andriola Arrives in Normandy on D+3

Brothers Tell of Cherbourg Battle

Francisco POW at Cherbourg, left for dead

Infantryman Describes Fighting In Normandy

Normandy Invasion Casualties of Belleville, N.J.

Normandy Invasion casualties of Nutley, N.J.

WW II B-24 ‘Snoopers’ Low Level Anti-Shipping Radar Night Bombers in the Pacific Theater

Belleville Sons Honor Roll - Remembering the Men Who Paid for Our FreedomBelleville Sons Honor Roll

In the last century, Belleville lost 160 sons while in service to our country. This collection gathers what we know about these young men in an effort that their sacrifice not be forgotten.

ISBN-13: 978-1470036515 - 242 Pages


Nutley Sons Honor Roll

In the past century, 138 Nutley sons died while in service to our country. Three were killed in action in the Civil War, World War I took 17. World War II took 92 sons. The Korean War era took 12 sons. The Vietnam War took 9 sons, and preserving the peace during the Cold War set its toll at 8 Nutley sons. Here, in one source, beyond the names of the fallen, are their stories.

ISBN-13: 978-1479248834 - 350 pages


Belleville and Nutley in the Civil War, A Brief History by Anthony BuccinoBelleville and Nutley in the Civil War

 A compilation of information documenting the participation of the New Jersey towns of Belleville and Nutley in the American Civil War. Includes information on six local soldiers killed in action in the War Between the States, plus information on the battle campaigns in which they gave up their lives.


Book Review

WW II B-24 ‘Snoopers’ Low Level Anti-Shipping Radar Night Bombers in the Pacific Theater

The harrowing life and death of these operations is served well in recounting the 19 days at sea spent following a sea crash. The crew could not rendezvous with a submarine as they had to ditch before they could send out their location. The crew survived on rations – including “a piece of candy and a gulp or two of water each day.”

Book Review

Italian Americans in World War II

Paratrooper Tony Pilutti, who dropped into combat near Chef-du-Pont, behind Utah Beach in Normandy on D-Day, was granted U.S. citizenship in England on July 16, 1944. He later earned a Bronze Star for combat action in Holland. If that’s not enough, Belmonte notes that Pilutti ‘had been briefly detained as an enemy alien before shipping overseas.’

Book Review

Forgotten Heroes of World War II - Personal Accounts of Ordinary Soldiers

These soldiers’ tales, and all the services are covered, easily absorb the reader into the action. You sense a closeness with the teller of the tale, as if perhaps he’s telling things he hasn’t told in a long time or ever.

Read more:

Americans At War by Stephen E. Ambrose

Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose

Citizen Soldiers by Stephen E. Ambrose

D-DAY June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II  by Stephen E. Ambrose

Pegasus Bridge by Stephen E. Ambrose

The Wild Blue by Stephen E. Ambrose

The D-Day Experience: From The Invasion to the Liberation of Paris - by Richard Holmes

The Bedford Boys - One American Town's Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice - Alex Kershaw

The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach by John C. McManus

The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day by Cornelius Ryan

The Longest Day – by Cornelius Ryan – 70th Anniversary Edition

D-Day Illustrated Edition: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose

D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Battle for the Normandy Beaches by Stephen E. Ambrose

A Bridge Too Far: The Classic History of the Greatest Battle of World War II by Cornelius Ryan

The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion by Martin K. A. Morgan

The D-Day Assault: A 70th Anniversary Guide to the Normandy Landings by Stephen T. Powers and Kevin Dennehy

Last Stop Before Destiny: The 101st Airborne Division in England 1943/44 by Mattew Pellett

D-Day Remembered: From the Invasion to the Liberation of Paris

LIFE D-Day: Remembering the Battle that Won the War - 70 Years Later

The Normandy Battlefields: D-Day and the Bridgehead by Leo Marriott and Simon Forty

A Long Way from Home: The Memoir of John Cipolla, 101st Airborne Division, 1942-1945 by Matt Fox

Fighting Fox Company: The Battling Flank of the Band of Brothers by Bill Brown and Terry Poyser

The Big Red One: America's Legendary 1st Infantry Division from World War I to Desert Storm

Ernie Pyle's War - America's Eyewitness to World War II - by James Tobin

Brave Men by Ernie Pyle

Here is Your War by Ernie Pyle

Bill Mauldin's Army - Bill Mauldin's Greatest World War II Cartoons

Saving Private Ryan - by Max Allan Collins

Windtalkers - Max Allan Collins

The Thin Red Line by James Jones

Nightmare on IWO - Patrick F. Caruso

Marine Combat Correspondent World War II in the Pacific by Samuel E. Stavinsky

Before Their Time by Robert Kotlowitz

Another River, Another Town by John P. Irwin

The Souvenir by Louise Steinman

There'll Come A Day - Jane Hagedorn

Letters Home 1944-1945, Women Airforce Service Pilots - Bernice 'Bee' Falk Haydu

WW2 Letters Home From The South Pacific - Angelo Buccino

What They Didn't Teach You About World War II by Mike Wright

Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides

Duty - by Bob Greene

Reporting World War II - American Journalism 1938 - 1946

World War II on the Air - Mark Bernstein & Alex Lubertozzi

Forgotten Heroes of World War II - Personal Accounts of Ordinary Soldiers - by Thomas E. Simmons

Lost in the Victory - Reflections of American War Orphans of World War II - Calvin L. Christman

Women in Aviation

The Boys From New Jersey - Tom Kindre

'The Good War' An Oral History of WWII - Studs Terkel

Shep's Army: Bummers, Blisters and Boondoggles By Jean Shepherd, Eugene B. Bergmann (Editor)


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