New Edition of Woeful Second World War


Terry Deary

Original title

The Woeful Second World War


Martin Brown

Cover artist

Martin Brown


Main Series



Publication date

20th of August 1999


128 (Original), 144 (Book Makeover), 240 (New Edition)

Chapter count



9781407135816 (new edition)

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The Woeful Second World War

First Edition of Woeful Second World War

Woeful Second World War is a book based on the events of World War II and is one of the Horrible Histories books that is written by Terry Deary. The Woeful Second World War book was first written in 1999 and was re-designed in 2007. It will be revised for younger readers in 2013 for the 20th anniversary of Horrible Histories.

Book DescriptionEdit

History with the nasty bits left in!

The Woeful Second World War tells you the foul facts about the worst war ever - from snow-bound cities under siege and fly-infested jungle trenches to Mrs Higginbottom's house two doors down - nowhere was safe.

Want to know:

  • who made a meal out of maggots?
  • which smelly soldiers were sniffed out by their enemies?
  • why white knickers could kill you?

Read on for outrageous rumours that everybody believed and wicked weapons that nobody would believe. Find out about 80-year-olds who lied to join 'Dad's Army' and 12-year-olds who died defending Berlin to the bitter end.

History has never been so horrible!