Illustrated History of World War II

Overview

On August 23, 1939, Chancellor of Germany, Adolf Hitler announced to a stunned world that he had given orders to his generals to prepare for the conquest of Poland. The uneasy “peace for our time,” as predicted by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain after the Munich Agreement of 1938, ended abruptly, shattering the hopes of millions whose memories of the carnage of World War I were still all too clear. On Sunday September 3, 1939, Britain and France entered into a state of war with Germany. World War ...

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On August 23, 1939, Chancellor of Germany, Adolf Hitler announced to a stunned world that he had given orders to his generals to prepare for the conquest of Poland. The uneasy “peace for our time,” as predicted by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain after the Munich Agreement of 1938, ended abruptly, shattering the hopes of millions whose memories of the carnage of World War I were still all too clear. On Sunday September 3, 1939, Britain and France entered into a state of war with Germany. World War II—the greatest conflict in world history—had begun. It was a struggle that would last six years and in the process inflict appalling suffering and hitherto unimagined cruelties on millions of people.

The military engagements and campaigns of World War II are emblazoned on mankind’s memory: from the Blitzkrieg attacks that smashed the Polish Army in 27 days and conquered Norway in a day, through the savage and sustained fighting of Operation Barbarossa on the Eastern Front, the Battle of Britain, El Alamein, Midway, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa, to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The previously unknown level of destruction made possible by Robert Oppenheimer’s scientific breakthrough brought the war to an end, and in its wake came the full revelation of the horror of the Holocaust—the extermination of the Jews, and others, that had been carried out on a massive scale with industrial ruthlessness in Nazi death camps.

The Illustrated History of World War II tells the full dramatic story of the war and the individuals who have entered the pantheon of heroes and villains: Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Churchill, Rommel, Montgomery, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and De Gaulle, to name but a few. In addition, The Illustrated History of World War II describes how the war impinged on everyday life: child refugees in rural England, food rationing, women at work in factories, and life under enemy occupation and during the terrors of the Blitz. Full-color maps complement the lively and informative text and pictures, leading the reader through many of the principal engagements on land and sea, and in the air.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435146501
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 5/2/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Owen Booth is a writer, researcher, editor, and producer specializing in current affairs, politics, and modern history. His work has included editing and writing for The Times newspaper online, writing and production on The Industrial Revolution and The Cold War for News Multimedia, and writing and researching for CNN, BBC North, and Yorkshire Television.

John Walton is a London-based writer and researcher who specializes in modern history and current affairs. After studying history at both the University of Sussex in England and the University of Massachusetts in the USA, he worked on the Sunday Times Magazine and contributed to the Makers of the Twentieth Century CD-ROMs, and edited two CD-ROMS in the Times Perspective series, The Cold War and World War II.

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