Organizing Victory: The War Conferences 1941-1945

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How decisions during World War II were made at the highest level, and how these decision affected every facet of the war

To understand the end result of World War II is to understand the leaders organizing the action from behind the scenes; from the main figureheads to the silent chiefs of staff, this history shows how the Allies planned World War II, covering everything from the troop deployments and offensives to the locating of post-war...

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Overview

How decisions during World War II were made at the highest level, and how these decision affected every facet of the war

To understand the end result of World War II is to understand the leaders organizing the action from behind the scenes; from the main figureheads to the silent chiefs of staff, this history shows how the Allies planned World War II, covering everything from the troop deployments and offensives to the locating of post-war boundaries and surrender terms. Between December 1941 and August 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, and sometimes Joseph Stalin met several times to discuss strategy with their Chiefs of Staff. In particular, Churchill described U.S. Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall in 1945 as the "organizer of victory." For the first time these important war conferences are available edited under one cover, complete with background information and analysis, with meticulous annotation making them easily understood by the lay historian.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/30/2013
Across 10 major WWII conferences Allied leaders met to coordinate military operations and plan for the peace. At first these consisted of the U.S. president, British prime minister, and their respective staffs; later conferences included Soviet premier Joseph Stalin and, once, leaders of China and Turkey. Editor and historian Rawson (Eyes Only: The Top Secret Correspondence Between Marshall and Eisenhower) has pored over minutes of these meetings, trimmed obscurities and repetitions, added footnotes to identify characters and events, and presented them with short introductions and an occasional comment. Rawson begins with the Arcadia Conference in Washington, D.C., held two weeks after Pearl Harbor, to which a vastly relieved Churchill invited himself in order to welcome the U.S. into the war and launch consultations, and carries through to Potsdam in July 1945, when leaders discussed punishing Germany, defeating Japan, and the development of postwar order. Readers looking for vivid accounts of these larger-than-life figures and the world-shaking events they attempted to control must look elsewhere; this is a reference aimed at scholars, but those with a penchant for WWII trivia may consider it a useful addition to their bookshelves. (Dec.)
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“. . . those with a penchant for WWII trivia may consider it a useful addition to their bookshelves.” —Publishers Weekly

“World War II buffs will find invaluable insights; scholars will consider it an essential addition to the literature.” —Library Journal

Library Journal
★ 10/15/2013
What would it have been like sitting next to Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, George Marshall, or Joseph Stalin, making decisions on the progress of World War II and the fate of the postwar world? Rawson (Showcasing the Third Reich: The Nuremberg Rallies) successfully provides a window into history as it happened, using meeting minutes from each of 11 Allied wartime conferences, from just after Pearl Harbor through the Terminal Conference of July 1945 at Potsdam. Make no mistake: these are not boring meeting logs. Political machinations, arguments and prejudice, and even shocking suggestions about postwar populations are all here, edited and analyzed to give the reader important context while retaining the feeling of the original records. VERDICT Although the conferences have been written about extensively, having this material from and about each of the participants all in one place and so well annotated by Rawson is a boon. Coming through clearly are the personalities involved and how the Big Three felt about their allies, enemies, and even one another as readers witness their fascinating repartee. World War II buffs will find invaluable insights; scholars will consider it an essential addition to the literature.—Maria Bagshaw, Elgin Community Coll. Lib., IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752489254
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Rawson has written numerous military history books, including Battle Story: Battle of the Bulge 1944-45, Battleground Europe: Walcheren, Bridge at Remagan, and The Vietnam War Handbook.

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