World War II Commanders (Commanders series): From the Attack on Poland to the Surrender of Japan

World War II Commanders (Commanders series): From the Attack on Poland to the Surrender of Japan

by Ian Westwell




This heavily illustrated volume examines in detail, with insightful comment, the important commanders of all arms of service and incorporates all the major belligerent nations during World War II.

A comprehensive introduction provides an overview of the ranks of the period, the structure of the armed forces, how commanders were trained and selected for leadership, and how promotions (even demotions) were carried out, in the field and by other means. It also looks at who controlled the armed forces and how political leaders interfaced with the military during the war.

The main focus of the book, however, is the concise career descriptions of approximately 180 individual commanders—of countries and alliances, of military units and militias—that determined the progress and the outcome of the war: they generally made the decisions, led the troops, and instilled discipline, morale and fighting spirit of the soldiers, sailors, and airmen who fought the war in Europe and the Pacific. World War II Commanders is a fascinating work of reference for military enthusiasts and historians alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435103979
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 09/08/2008
Series: Commanders Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.26(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Ian Westwell is a military historian and author who has written and contributed to several military books and periodicals. Among his most recent works have been World War One Day By Day, The Encyclopedia of World War I, In the Path of the Third Reich, and 1st Infantry Division.

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