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World War II

The Second World War was the first total waróConducted on a huge scale, producing shattering scientific and technical advances, involving whole populations including civilians and resulting in an aftermath of enormous change in the political structure of the world. The very vastness of the phenomenon has inevitably produced a mass of writing and comment, much of it overspecialised or vulgarly simplified as far as the general reader is concerned. None of it encompasses the whole drama in an easily accessible form. World War II written by one of the world's greatest acknowledged experts on the subject, succeeds in encompassing for the first time within a single volume the entire scale of the Second World War, covering principal events and personalities, fluently narrating its course from 1 939 to the immediate postwar period and presenting a lucid account of the all-important political background. In addition, Henri Michel gives a clear picture of the aftermath of the war and indicates the almost cataclysmic influence it had on political boundaries and postwar technology. Maps and photographs further reinforce the clarity of the author's approach. The result is a study of unique brevity and authority which will be an invaluable guide to the reader who is looking for an intelligently condensed version of all the essential aspects of World War II, and will be equally welcomed by those familiar with some of its aspects and requiring a readily accessible balanced general view of the event.

World War II

HENRI MICHEL


  1. Introduction
  2. Fighting Forces at the Start of the War
  3. The Polish Campaign
  4. The Phoney War
  5. The Battle of France
  6. The Battle of Britain
  7. The War in Africa
  8. The Invasion of Russia
  9. The Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbour and the Japanese Victories
  10. The Axis Empires
  11. The Italian Empire
  12. The German Occupation of Europe
  13. Greater Japanese Asia
  14. The Collaborators
  15. The Vichy Government
  16. The Prisoners of War
  17. The Terror of the SS
  18. Concentration Camps
  19. The Underground Resistance
  20. The Allies and the Resistance
  21. The Resistance in Western Europe
  22. The Resistance in Central and Eastern Europe
  23. The Resistance in China
  24. The Strengths and Weaknesses of the Great Alliance
  25. The Turning Point of the War
  26. The Anglo-American Collaboration
  27. The Teheran Conference
  28. The British War Effort
  29. The Arsenal of Democracy
  30. The Mobilization in Soviet Russia
  31. The Allied Strategy in Europe and Asia
  32. The Tunisian Campaign
  33. The Italian Campaign
  34. The Bombing of Germany
  35. The Landings in Normandy and Provence
  36. The Victories of the Red Army
  37. The Defeat and Surrender of Germany
  38. The Defeat and Surrender ofJapan
  39. The Conferences at Yalta and Potsdam
  40. The Fate of Germany
  41. The Polish Question
  42. Central Europe
  43. The Colonial Empires
  44. The Tate ofJapan
  45. The United Nations Organization
  46. Losses and Destruction
  47. Europe
  48. Asia
  49. Soviet Russia
  50. The United States
  51. The Age of Science and Technology
  52. The Russian Front

 


 

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