History of World War II

History of World War II : The campaigns, battles and weapons from 1939 to 1945

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The events of 1939-1945 had such a dramatic impact on the world that it is easy to forget that Allied victory was far from certain, especially in the early part of the war when both the Nazis in Europe and the Japanese in the Pacific were sweeping all before them.
History of World War II chronicles the war as it happened, focusing on key battles and events that act as signposts in the slow change of fortunes of either side. Divided into two sections, one on each major theatre, the book describes such famous events as the attack on Pearl Harbor, the battle of Stalingrad, the Normandy landings, the fall of Berlin, and the struggle for Iwo Jima. Linking each famous event is an in-depth chronology detailing other events happening elsewhere, building into a snapshot of the war at that point.
In each section are spreads comparing and contrasting the strengths of essential weapons in that battle: fighter aircraft in the Battle of Britain, tanks at Kursk, landing aircraft at D- Day and in the Pacific. Each of these spreads is packed with colourful diagrams, graphs and charts to help you grasp the relative strengths of, for example, different aircraft carriers at the Battle of Midway, US versus Japanese small arms at Okinawa and anti- tank guns in the Normandy campaign, among many other engagements. The final part of the book provides a chronology of the war.
Highly illustrated with colour maps and both colour and black-and-white photographs and colour artworks, History of World War II is a both a handy reference volume on the progress of the conflict and the weapons used to fight it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 225 x 285 x 32mm | 1,710g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1500 photos and artworks; 1500 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1782746935
  • 9781782746935
  • 1,739,451

Table of contents

1. Incredible victory: The battle of the River Plate
2. Battle for Finland: The winter war
3. Breakthrough: Sedan
4. The Fall of France: Escape from Dunkirk
5. The Battle of Britain: Victory of the Few
6. Operation judgement: The Taranto raid
7. O'Connor's victory: Operation Compass
8. Hitler Strikes South: Germany invades the Balkans
9. Death from above: The airborne invasion of Crete
10. The hunt for the Bismarck
11. Panzergruppe Guderian: The drive on Smolensk 1941
12. Stalin's winter offensive
13. Death on the Neva: The siege of Leningrad
14. The battle of Sevastopol: Conquest of the Crimea
15. Gazala and Tobruk: The Desert Fox in action
16. Forgotten sacrifice The Arctic convoys
17. Disaster at Dieppe: No second front
18. Operation Torch: America in Europe
19. Drive for the Volga
20. El Alamein: Montgomery's victory
21. Stalingrad - Death of an Army
22. Kasserine: The Desert Fox strikes back
23. Kharkov: Manstein's masterpiece
24. Kursk: Turning point in the east
25. Target for tonight: The night battles over Germany
26. The Schweinfurt raids. Battle over Germany
27. Operation Husky: The invasion of Sicily
28. The Battle of the Atlantic
29. Big Week: Striking at the heart of the Reich
30. Cassino: Battle for the monastery
31. 'A stranded whale': The Anzio landings
32. D-Day: The Normandy landings
33. The destruction of Army Group Centre
34. Normandy breakout
35. Death of a city: The Warsaw rising
36. Operation Market Garden: The battle for Arnhem
37. The last blitzkrieg: The Ardennes offensive
38. Storming into Germany:
39. Battle for Budapest
40. The battle of the Rhine crossings
41. Battle for Berlin: The Fall of the Reich
42. Day of infamy: Pearl Harbor
43. Fall of Empires: Japanese Blitzkrieg
44. Coral Sea: Carriers in action
45. The Battle of Midway: Decision in the Pacific
46. Battle of Guadalcanal: All for an airfield
47. Solomons: The sea battles
48. Kokoda Trail: New Guinea 1942-3
49. Bloody Tarawa: Battle for the Gilberts
50. Imphal and Kohima: Victory of the Forgotten Army 51. The great Marianas turkey shoot
52. Leyte Gulf: Final victory
53. Return to the Philippines
54. Strangling Japan: The submarine war in the Pacific 55. The sands of Iwo Jima
56. The road to Mandalay: Triumph in Burma
57. Okinawa: End of an empire
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About Chris McNab

Chris McNab has written more than 100 titles, primarily focused on historical and military topics. His titles include Weapons, The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War, German Paratroopers, and Hitler's Masterplan. He also works as an educational publishing consultant, advising international agencies on how to develop their textbooks and other educational resources.
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