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The Oxford Companion to World War II

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'The Oxford Companion to the Second World War, by virtue of its scale, its range and its scholarship, is an outstanding guide, as sensible and cogent on the big questions as it is instructive and informed on the lesser ones.'
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'indispensable...unlikely to be superseded this century'
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'The Oxford Companion to the Second World War, by virtue of its scale, its range and its scholarship, is an outstanding guide, as sensible and cogent on the big questions as it is instructive and informed on the lesser ones.'
HEW STRACHAN, TLS

'indispensable...unlikely to be superseded this century'
JOHN KEEGAN, Daily Telegraph

'easy to use, solid of fact, perceptive and judicious'
JOHN ERICKSON, Times Higher

'It will immediately take its place as the indispensable reference book for students of the second world war.'
GORDON LEE, The Economist

'a magnificent volume and an invaluable resource'
J. A. CRANG, The History Association

These are just a few of the review quotes generated by the Companion when it was published in hardback in 1995.

World War II was a war that affected the entire world and reached into every aspect of existence. It was a war which touched all nations, penetrated all aspects of people's lives, and which helped shape the world today. Over 140 distinguished and internationally renowned contributors have written over 1750 entries covering the very wide-ranging topics that make up the single subject of World War II.

Entries include:
surveys of major countries: France, Germany, Australia, India, USA, Japan, including sections in each about domestic life, culture, economics, government, resistance, and defence

colonial possessions and less major players: British Central Africa, British Cameroons, Dutch East Indies, Latvia, Libya, Slovakia

campaigns: East Africa campaign, Burma campaign, Normandy campaign, Fezzan campaigns, Western desert campaigns

battles: battle of the River Plate, battle of East China Sea, battle of Kasserine Pass

military operations: FALL GELB, BARBAROSSA, OVERLORD

types of warfare: electronic, chemical, economic, signals intelligence

wartime leaders: Stalin, Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, Mussolini, Hirohito

politics and strategy: Grand Alliance, the Final Solution, the atomic bomb

design, development and use of machines and weapons: tanks, submarines, rockets, battleships, anti-tank weapons, human torpedoes, Baka bombs

organisations associated with the war: Arab League, Force K, Hitler Youth, Cossacks

places made famous in the war: Dachau, Bletchley Park, Nagasaki

slogans and phrases: wavy navy, Bevin Boys, Big Red One, jerry cans, Blackshirts

This excellent reference brings together an international team of 140 experts to cover every aspect of the conduct and experience of World War II. More than 1,700 entries--ranging from brief indentifications to in-depth articles on complex subjects--bring the far-flung elements and events of the war into focus. 140 photos; 63 line drawings. Tables, charts & diagrams. 111 maps.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198604464
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/24/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 1072
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

I. C. B. Dear has written several books on maritime and military subjects. He is the compiler of Oxford English: A Guide to the Language (1986) and co-editor of the second edition of The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2005). M. R. D. Foot, CBE, is an author and historian. He was formerly a wartime intelligence officer and a Professor of Modern History at the University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps vi
List of Plates ix
Editors x
Contributors xi
Note to the Reader xiv
Introduction xv
Text 1
Chronology 1019
Appendix of Place-Name Changes 1036
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