The Second World War (Essential Histories Series): A World in Flames

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The period from 1939 to 1945 saw some of the most devastating events in living memory. Existing in the shadows of fear, sacrifice, deprivation and uncertainty, soldiers and civilians of all nationalities were driven to extremes of selfless loyalty, dogged determination or bitter cruelty by the demands of a world at war. Bringing the experience of war to life through a wealth of contemporary documentation, private writings and historical research, this book tells the stories of the men and women who lived and died...
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Overview

The period from 1939 to 1945 saw some of the most devastating events in living memory. Existing in the shadows of fear, sacrifice, deprivation and uncertainty, soldiers and civilians of all nationalities were driven to extremes of selfless loyalty, dogged determination or bitter cruelty by the demands of a world at war. Bringing the experience of war to life through a wealth of contemporary documentation, private writings and historical research, this book tells the stories of the men and women who lived and died during the Second World War. Also assessing the political, military and historical significance of the war this truly comprehensive volume covers every fighting front of this horrific war.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781841768304
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Series: Essential Histories Series
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.73 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Foreword by Sir Max Hastings, text written by nine emminent historians: Paul Collier, Dr Alastair Finlan, Mark J Grove, Philip D Grove, Dr Russell A. Hart, Dr Stephen A. Hart, Dr Robin Havers, David Horner and Geoffrey Jukes.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Introduction 10
Chronology 18
Part I Europe 1939-1943
Background to war--The gathering storm 29
Warring sides--The road to war 38
Outbreak--'I have determined on a solution by force' 47
The fighting--Hitler strikes 56
Portrait of a soldier--Donald Edgar 87
Portrait of a civilian--Colin Perry 92
How the period ended--The end of the beginning 95
Part II The war at sea
Background to war--Naval power 99
Warring sides--Reluctant adversaries 102
Outbreak--Opening moves 107
The fighting--Across the world's seas 114
Portrait of a sailor--Peter Herbert Owen, Royal Navy midshipman 151
Portrait of a civilian--John Delaney-Nash, merchant mariner 158
How the period ended--The German fleet is scuttled 161
Part III The Mediterranean 1940-1945
Background to war--Italian imperialism 164
Warring sides--Italian propaganda, German professionalism and Allied industrialization 169
Outbreak--A parallel war 176
The fighting--In all directions at once 181
Portrait of a soldier--A modest hero 213
Portrait of a civilian--A child in the siege of annihilation: Malta 1940-43 219
How the period--Not necessarily in peace 223
Part IV The Pacific
Background to war--The expansion of Imperial Japan 228
Warring sides--Powerful Japan faced certain defeat 236
Outbreak--The slide toward inevitable war 241
The fighting--The course of the Pacific War 246
Portrait of a soldier--Thomas Currie Derrick, an Australian soldier 282
Portrait of a civilian--Gwen Harold Terasaki, an American in Japan 286
How the period ended--Not necessarily to Japan's advantage 289
Part V The Eastern Front 1941-1945
Background to war--A dictators' deal and a double-cross 295
Warring sides--Germany gambles on a quick win 301
Outbreak--Germany achieves surprise 304
The fighting--Red Army battered but not beaten 305
Portrait of a soldier--The German and the Russian view 360
Portrait of a civilian--'We were as mobilised as the soldiers' 364
How the period ended--Germany surrenders, Stalin joins the war on Japan 366
Part VI Northwest Europe 1944-1945
Background to war--The road to D-Day 369
Warring sides--A military audit 373
Outbreak--The Allies invade France 379
The fighting--From D-Day to victory 385
Portrait of a soldier--Donald Burgett 417
Portrait of a civilian--Brenda McBryde 422
How the period ended--The road to VE Day 425
The world around war 429
Conclusion and consequences 440
Further reading 464
Index 469
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