- Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 64 pages
- Dimensions: 278mm x 310mm x 38mm | 1,842g
- Publication date: 1 September 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1844420140
- ISBN 13: 9781844420148
- Illustrations note: approx. 200 colour/b&w photographs, colour maps & artworks
- Sales rank: 310,074
"The Second World War Experience: Blitzkrieg", published in association with the Imperial War Museum, describes the slow spiraling to war: from the forging of peace after the First World War to the wars of Italy, China and Japan in the 1930s. It then goes on to document the dramatic events of 1938-41: from the Munich Crisis in 1938 to the defeat of France, from the retreat at Dunkirk to the sinking of the Bismarck. Rare items of memorabilia sourced from around the world bring the era and events to life as never before. Each volume also includes an audio CD of veterans' first-hand accounts. Memorabilia includes: Order No 1 - the German order to invade Poland which led to the British declaration of war against Germany; The fake passport used by Sub-Lieutenant Heinz Kummer of the Graf Spee to flee back to Germany following the Battle of the River Plate; and, Montgomery's personal diary charting the events of the evacuation from Dunkirk.
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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 and the Hitler and Stalin dictatorships. He has won five prizes for his published work, including in 2005 the Wolfson prize for History. He is a regular contributor to the Independent, Sunday Telegraph and Guardian.
Table of contents
Forging the Peace; Japan's War in China; Italy's Wars; Germany Destroys Versailles; Arming for War in the 1930s; The Munich Crisis; 1939: The Occupation and Break-up of Czechoslovakia; The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact; Germany Invades Poland; Britain and France Declare War; The Soviet-Finnish War; The Battle of the River Plate; 1940: The Invasion of Norway; Churchill Takes Over; Germany Invades in the West; Dunkirk; The Fall of France; Germany's "New Order"; The Battle of Britain; The East African Campaigns; Operation "Sea-Lion"; The German "Blitz" on Britain; The Tri-Partite Pact; Naval War in the Mediterranean: Taranto and Matapan; Operation "Compass:" Defeat of Italy in North Africa; 1941: The German Invasion of Yugoslavia and Greece; The German Conquest of Crete; Sinking the Bismarck.