World War II in Numbers: An Infographic Guide to the Conflict, Its Conduct, and Its Casualities

World War II in Numbers: An Infographic Guide to the Conflict, Its Conduct, and Its Casualities

by Peter Doyle
     
 

A different way to understand the magnitude of World War II.

Countless books exist about the Second World War and in those can be found all of the statistics to be had: numbers killed, bombs dropped, battles won and lost, ad infinitum. But to see these numbers as infographics gives the reader a fresh perspective on the war.

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A different way to understand the magnitude of World War II.

Countless books exist about the Second World War and in those can be found all of the statistics to be had: numbers killed, bombs dropped, battles won and lost, ad infinitum. But to see these numbers as infographics gives the reader a fresh perspective on the war.

World War II in Numbers uses color graphics and succinct text to tell the key stories of the battles that engulfed the globe and affected virtually everyone alive during the 1940s.

To see the war set out in numbers tells the story with a new certainty:

  • how the Polish Home Army carried out more than 700,000 acts of sabotage
  • the large number of Japanese lost in the Pacific War
  • how Allied tanks stood up to the armor-piercing power of the Panzerfaust
  • the damage the Kamikaze inflicted on Allied ships during the Okinawa Campaign
  • the number of unexploded bombs reported on the island of Malta
  • that in 1944 alone 914,637 tons of bombs were dropped on German cities
  • by how much the Allied forces outnumbered the Germans in Normandy
  • how the ten costliest land battles in WWII compare with those of WWI.

The book sets out six chapters with topics discussed in two- and four-page infographics spreads, including certainty:

  • Preparation for War — Territorial skirmishes, shifting borders, militarism and alliances.
  • Land Campaigns — Key battles and the military might that fought them.
  • Weapons and Innovations - From the Polish Calvary to the
    A-Bomb.
  • In the Air — Aces and blitzes.
  • At Sea — The war expands to the world's oceans.
  • Costs — The price of war and its legacy.

Compelling, a superb teaching tool, ideal for casual reading and a must-have for military hobbyists, World War II in Numbers is an exciting and powerful perspective on the global conflict.

Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual 2014 - Scott Dimarco
The numbers of sources that simply quantify historical facts are few and far between. Peter Doyle provides in this unique book a resource that is not only useful, but attractive to the reader. Designed as a perfect companion for serious enthusiasts ... a fact-filled visual exploration for general readers, it tells the story of World War II in an original way; using infographics to convey the mass of data that can derived from all aspects of the conflict. In this effort the author is successful. Divided into six chapters, many aspects of the conflict are covered from the origins to the post-conflict.... The range of entries is broad... Narration, graphs, and pictures are almost always included in each. This work is highly recommended.
Library Journal
03/15/2014
Have you ever wondered if German tanks were larger than Allied tanks in World War II, or pondered how many submarines the United States had in the war? Doyle (geosciences, Univ. Coll. London; cosecretary, All Party Parliamentary War Heritage Group; The Home Front 1939–1945; The Blitz) provides the answers to these and many other questions in this well-done, predominantly visual work. He uses graphs, charts, maps, and other high-impact graphics to tell compellingly the story of the war's devastation and its long-term impact on Asia, Europe, and beyond. The work is divided into six chapters: "Preparation for War," "Land Campaigns," "Weapons and Innovations," "In the Air," "At Sea," and "Costs." Approximately 70 topics are addressed within the chapters, in roughly three pages per topic. Many of the graphics include a key and an explanatory caption where necessary. They also tie in closely to the text on the page. The book concludes with a selection of sources for further reading, a list of web resources, and a short but helpful index. Doyle presents the data in a clear and visually stimulating way. His concise text convincingly illustrates the brutality and effects of World War II. This would be a fine source for middle and high school students in need of statistical information for reports. It's also an excellent tool for the nonspecialist who values a generalized overview of key World War II statistics. VERDICT Although neither the first nor the last word in World War II scholarship, this is a good source for anyone who wants "just the facts" in a visually stimulating presentation.—Rob Tench, Old Dominion Univ. Lib., Norfolk, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770851955
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
08/11/2013
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Doyle is a scientist and military historian specializing in the role of terrain in warfare. He is visiting Professor at University College London, and is co-secretary of the All Party Parliamentary War Heritage Group. In addition to numerous scientific papers and books, he has written The Home Front 1939-1945, The British Soldier in Europe 1939-1945 (both with Paul Evans), Prisoner of War in Germany 1939-1945 and The Blitz.

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