From Axis Victories to the Turn of the Tide: World War II, 1939-1943

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From Axis Victories to the Turn of the Tide is a history of the critical campaigns of World War II that highlights the “visible” turning point battles of the war in 1942 and 1943. By focusing not only on what happened but also on why, Alan Levine’s in-depth approach to the subject questions whether the Axis ever had any hope of winning the war. As the Nazis conquered Poland in their march toward domination, the war began its inevitable spread across the world. Levine looks at the war from a geographical ...
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From Axis Victories to the Turn of the Tide: World War II, 1939-1943

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From Axis Victories to the Turn of the Tide is a history of the critical campaigns of World War II that highlights the “visible” turning point battles of the war in 1942 and 1943. By focusing not only on what happened but also on why, Alan Levine’s in-depth approach to the subject questions whether the Axis ever had any hope of winning the war. As the Nazis conquered Poland in their march toward domination, the war began its inevitable spread across the world. Levine looks at the war from a geographical perspective, examining critical events on both the eastern and western fronts—such as the battles of Britain, the Atlantic, Stalingrad, and Midway—to determine how operations in these areas affected its overall path. He also scrutinizes key developments that began to turn the war’s outcome in favor of the Allies. These decisive moments include the entry of the United States into the war and the defeat of the German thrust to the vital Soviet oilfields of the Caucasus. From Axis Victories to the Turn of the Tide encompasses several critical years of world history and offers a fresh perspective for both general readers and academics interested in crucial episodes of World War II. Levine’s analysis shows us how these seminal events shaped the world that we live in today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597977111
  • Publisher: Potomac Books
  • Publication date: 6/30/2012
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Levine is a writer and historian currently teaching at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. He is the author of eleven books, including D-Day to Berlin: The Northwest Europe Campaign, 1944–45 (2007); The War Against Rommel’s Supply Lines, 1942–43 (2008); The Strategic Bombing of Germany, 1940–45 (1992); and Captivity, Flight, and Survival in World War II (2000). He lives in Queens, New York.
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Table of Contents

1 The Catastrophe 1

2 The British Carry On 20

Dunkirk through the Battle of Britain

3 The Battle of the Atlantic I 64

1939-1941

4 The Russian Campaign I 84

To Moscow

5 The Mediterranean and the Middle East I 116

From the Fall of France to December 1941

6 The Hinge 143

American Intervention

7 The Battle of the Atlantic II 172

December 1941-May 1943

8 The Russian Campaign II 195

To the Caucasus and Stalingrad

9 The Mediterranean and the Middle East II 221

From Pearl Harbor to the Invasion of Northwest Africa

10 The Pacific 250

Pearl Harbor to Midway

11 Conclusions 287

Notes 301

Index 329

About the Author 341

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