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

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

by Williamson Murray, Allan R. Millett
     
 

ISBN-10: 067400163X

ISBN-13: 9780674001633

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

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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 which 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 military leaders on both sides of the conflict, demonstrating the ambiguities they faced, the opportunities they seized, 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 Americas 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674001633
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
Belknap Press Ser.
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
6.64(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.72(d)

Table of Contents

1Origins of a Catastrophe1
2The Revolution in Military Operations, 1919-193918
3German Designs, 1939-194044
4Germany Triumphant, 194063
5Diversions in the Mediterranean and Balkans, 1940-194191
6Barbarossa, 1941110
7The Origins of the Asia-Pacific War, 1919-1941143
8The Japanese War of Conquest, 1941-1942169
9The Asia-Pacific War, 1942-1944196
10The Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1943234
11Year of Decision for Germany, 1942262
12The Combined Bomber Offensive, 1941-1945304
13The Destruction of Japanese Naval Power, 1943-1944336
14The Killing Time, 1943-1944374
15The Invasion of France, 1944411
16The End in Europe, 1944-1945446
17The Destruction of the Japanese Empire, 1944-1945484
18The End of the Asia-Pacific War, 1945509
19Peoples at War, 1937-1945527
20The Aftermath of War554
Epilogue: In Retrospect575
App. 1Military Organization579
App. 2The Conduct of War583
App. 3Weapons592
App. 4Exploring World War II606
Notes613
Suggested Reading622
Acknowledgments638
Illustration Credits641
Index642

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