One Day in a Very Long War: Wednesday 25th October 1944 (Hardback)
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Short Description for One Day in a Very Long War This text gives an overview of a single day in World War II - 25th October 1944, as it was seen on all fronts. Through a succession of vignettes, showing the immediacy of the day's events, it describes a world-wide conflict as it is acted out by Allied and Axis forces.
- Published: 08 October 1998
- Format: Hardback 608 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780224042444 ISBN 10: 0224042440
Full description for One Day in a Very Long War
In this new and exciting approach to history, John Ellis focuses on a single day when the Allied war machine was in top gear but victory was far from a foreseeable reality. Through a succession of illuminating vignettes, where concise background information is never allowed to swamp the vivid immediacy of the day's events, he describes a world-wide conflict as it is acted out by Allied and Axis forces; field-marshal or private; president, prime-minister; prisoner of war or munitions worker. Among the set-piece actions of the day are the titanic naval battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines, Hitler planning an Ardennes offensive which is to lead to the Battle of the Bulge, the eruption of the Red Army into Eastern Europe, a frustrated wolf-pack in the Atlantic, the saturation bombing of Essen and Hamburg, V2 rocket attacks on London and the highly secret Manhattan Project. The war in the rear, where civilian families find themselves in the battle zone, the code-breakers are busy at Bletchley Park, or the 'final solution' is taking place at Auschwitz, brings the whole human race into the most bloody war the world has ever known. By setting just one day under the historical microscope, a pitiless tragedy is laid bare with heart-rending clarity.