World War II: The Encyclopedia of the War Years, 1941-1945

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"A unique and valuable look at the war."—General James Doolittle, USAF 
An authoritative and comprehensive survey of the World War II era, this reference features over 2,400 entries. Subjects range from battles, soldiers, and military activities to politics, culture, and the Holocaust. Its panoramic perspective on the war's influence on the American way of life encompasses transitory aspects—rationing, movies, songs, and sports—as well as long-term effects, such as women's...
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Overview


"A unique and valuable look at the war."—General James Doolittle, USAF 
An authoritative and comprehensive survey of the World War II era, this reference features over 2,400 entries. Subjects range from battles, soldiers, and military activities to politics, culture, and the Holocaust. Its panoramic perspective on the war's influence on the American way of life encompasses transitory aspects—rationing, movies, songs, and sports—as well as long-term effects, such as women's changing social roles and the integration of the armed forces. 
"Highly recommended" by Library Journal, this volume's two-part approach begins with an extensive day-by-day chronology of key events, highlighted with quotations from prominent individuals. The "War  Chronology" is cross-referenced with the second part, an encyclopedic "War Guide," consisting of information on people, places, weapons, and events. More than 85 illustrations enliven this complete military and social survey of the war years, in addition to two indexes, three appendixes, and suggestions for further reading.
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Library Journal
Compiling an encyclopedia is one thing, but doing the job well is quite another. The authors have succeeded in producing an attractive and very nearly comprehensive compendium of World War II's major subjects that is not only accurate but enjoyable. Including more than 2400 entries of battles, weapons, people, places, and events, this oversized volume is replete with photographs and numerous sketch maps and drawings. It even contains a day-by-day chronology of the period. The detail on weaponry alone compares favorably with the many encyclopedias devoted strictly to World War II hardware. Although oriented to the U.S. wartime experience, the book amply covers Allied and Axis subjects. The space allotted each subject is always satisfying, ranging from a brief paragraph to several pages complete with tables and graphs. Best of all, the entries are written in a conversational tone and feature numerous highlighted cross-references that encourage compulsive browsing. Highly recommended for reference collections.-- Raymond L. Puffer, U.S. Air Force History Prog., Los Angeles
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Meet the Author

Norman Polmar is a defense consultant as well as author, columnist, and editor, and has written or co-authored more than 30 books on military subjects.  Since 1980 he has served as consultant to several senior officials in the Navy and the Department of Defense and has directed or participated in major studies for the Army and Navy, including their intelligence commands; various other defense agencies; U.S. defense firms; and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Thomas B. Allen is the author of The Blue and the Gray, a book on the Civil War (National Geographic Society, 1992); and War Games (McGraw-Hill, 1987), a serious work on military strategy.  
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Table of Contents


Abbreviations
About This Book
Acknowledgments
Prologue to War 1919-1941
War Chronology 1941-1945
War Guide A-Z
Epilogue to War 1946-1990
Appendix A.  Military Rank Comparison
Appendix B.  U.S. Army and Army Air Forces Battle Streamers
Appendix C.  U.S. Navy Battle Stars
Recommended Reading
Personality Index
Code and Project Names Index
 
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