War to Be Won: Fighting the Second World War, 1937-1945 / Edition 1

War to Be Won: Fighting the Second World War, 1937-1945 / Edition 1

by Williamson Murray
     
 

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ISBN-10: 067400163X

ISBN-13: 2900674001632

Pub. Date: 05/28/2000

Publisher: Harvard University Press

In the course of the twentieth century, no war looms as profoundly transformative or as destructive as World War II. Its global scope and human toll reveal the true face of modern, industrialized warfare. Now, for the first time, we have a comprehensive, single-volume account of how and why this global conflict evolved as it did. A War To Be Won is a unique and

Overview

In the course of the twentieth century, no war looms as profoundly transformative or as destructive as World War II. Its global scope and human toll reveal the true face of modern, industrialized warfare. Now, for the first time, we have a comprehensive, single-volume account of how and why this global conflict evolved as it did. A War To Be Won is a unique and powerful operational history of the Second World War that tells the full story of battle on land, on sea, and in the air. Williamson Murray and Allan R. Millett analyze the operations and tactics that defined the conduct of the war in both the European and Pacific Theaters. Moving between the war room and the battlefield, we see how strategies were crafted and revised, and how the multitudes of combat troops struggled to discharge their orders. The authors present incisive portraits of the military leaders, on both sides of the struggle, demonstrating the ambiguities they faced, the opportunities they took, and those they missed. Throughout, we see the relationship between the actual operations of the war and their political and moral implications. A War To Be Won is the culmination of decades of research by two of America's premier military historians. It avoids a celebratory view of the war but preserves a profound respect for the problems the Allies faced and overcame as well as a realistic assessment of the Axis accomplishments and failures. It is the essential military history of World War II-from the Sino-Japanese War in 1937 to the surrender of Japan in 1945-for students, scholars, and general readers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900674001632
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
Belknap Press Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
672

Table of Contents

1. Origins of a Catastrophe

2. The Revolution in Military Operations, 1919–1939

3. German Designs, 1939–1940

4. Germany Triumphant, 1940

5. Diversions in the Mediterranean and Balkans, 1940–1941

6. Barbarossa, 1941

7. The Origins of the Asia-Pacific War, 1919–1941

8. The Japanese War of Conquest, 1941–1942

9. The Asia-Pacific War, 1942–1944

10. The Battle of the Atlantic, 1939–1943

11. Year of Decision for Germany, 1942

12. The Combined Bomber Offensive, 1941—1945

13. The Destruction of Japanese Naval Power, 1943–1944

14. The Killing Time, 1943–1944

15. The Invasion of France, 1944

16. The End in Europe, 1944–1945

17. The Destruction of the Japanese Empire, 1944–1945

18. The End of the Asia-Pacific War, 1945

19. Peoples at War, 1937–1945

20. The Aftermath of War

Epilogue: In Retrospect

Appendixes

1. Military Organization

2. The Conduct of War

3. Weapons

4. Exploring World War II

Notes

Suggested Reading

Acknowledgments

Illustration Credits

Index

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