Second World War: Northwest Europe 1944-1945

Overview

This book examines the seminal Northwest Europe campaign of the Second World War. This hard-fought campaign conducted by the Western Allies against the Germans during 1944-45 represented, for the former, the decisive theater of the entire Second World War. From the desperate and risk-laden D-Day landings on 6 June 1944 to the rapid charge through western and central Germany in the last weeks of the war, American, British, Canadian, and French military forces took on and defeated the German military. This victory ...
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Overview

This book examines the seminal Northwest Europe campaign of the Second World War. This hard-fought campaign conducted by the Western Allies against the Germans during 1944-45 represented, for the former, the decisive theater of the entire Second World War. From the desperate and risk-laden D-Day landings on 6 June 1944 to the rapid charge through western and central Germany in the last weeks of the war, American, British, Canadian, and French military forces took on and defeated the German military. This victory ensured that the scourge of Nazism was finally expunged from the face of Europe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641727429
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Essential Histories Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Russell A. Hart gained his PhD in1997 from Ohio State University. He is currently Assistant Professor of History at Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu and was formerly Senior Lecturer at Ohio State University. He is the co-author of ‘German Tanks of WWII; Weapons and Tactics of the Waffen-SS’; ‘Panzer: The Illustrated History of Germany's Armored Forces in WWII’ and ‘The German Soldier in WWII’. He is the author of the forthcoming ‘Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy’ (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner, 2001). He currently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Chronology 9
Background to war: The road to D-Day 11
Warring sides: A military audit 17
Outbreak: The Allies invade France 23
The fighting: From D-Day to victory 29
Portrait of a soldier: Donald Burgett 61
The world around war: Rationing and retaliation 66
Portrait of a civilian: Brenda McBryde 80
How the war ended: The road to VE Day 83
Conclusion and consequences: 'The most devastating and costly war' 87
Bibliography 92
Index 94
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