The Second World War Experience: Axis Ascendant 1941-42Hardback The Second World War Experience
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- Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 64 pages
- Dimensions: 280mm x 310mm x 38mm | 1,642g
- Publication date: 1 September 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1844420086
- ISBN 13: 9781844420087
- Illustrations note: approx. 200 colour/ b&w photographs, colour maps & artworks
- Sales rank: 340,452
"The Second World War Experience" is a four-volume series, published in association with the Imperial War Museum, covering the whole six-year global conflagration. Volume two, "The Second World War Experience: Axis Ascendant", charts the period when the Axis powers reigned supreme. It begins with the German drive eastwards and the invasion of Russia and moves to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and the entry of America into the war. The action continues in Africa and sees the start of the bloody battles in the Far East where British, Commonwealth and American forces faced combat and hardship like never before. Rare items of memorabilia sourced from around the world combined with an audio CD of veterans' first-hand accounts bring the era and the events to life as never before.The memorabilia includes: Roosevelt's handwritten notes for his "day of infamy" speech which saw America's entry into the war; the order to McArthur to abandon the Philippines; Stalin's handwritten notes on his "scorched earth" policy; and the letters home of a British officer in Africa telling of his harrowing involvement in the battles of Gazala and Tobruk.
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Richard Overy, Professor of History, University of Exeter, is a world-renowned historian and an expert on the history of the Second World War, air warfare and the Hitler and Stalin dictatorships. He has won five prizes for his published work, including the 2005 Wolfson prize for History. He is a regular contributor to the Independent, Sunday Telegraph and Guardian.
Table of contents
1941 Continued: Hitler Turns East; Operation "Barbarossa" The Siege of Leningrad; Operation "Typhoon": the Battle for Moscow; Defeat in North Africa; The Allied Invasion of Syria; The Atlantic Charter; Operation "Crusader"; Pearl Harbor; Blitzkrieg in Asia; Lend-Lease; 1942: The Wannsee Conference and the "Final Solution"; The Fall of Singapore; Commando Raids; The Siege of Malta; Corregidor: The Fall of the Philippines; Japan Conquers Burma; Battle of the Coral Sea; Operation "Ironclad"; The Thousand-Bomber Raid: Cologne; Operation "Blue": The German advance to Stalingrad; Oil; The Battle of Midway; Crisis in Egypt: Gazala and Tobruk; The Battle of the Atlantic; Into the Caucasus; Battle for the Solomons; The Dieppe Raid.