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A Short History of the Second World War

By: Basil Collier (580.01/35809)
Publisher: Collins (From the John Laffin Library)

Basil Collins provides in this one volume a concise and highly readable account of the whole extent of the last war. He describes not only Allied but also enemy strategy in each theatre of war, and sets the military struggles firmly in their context of politics and personalities in high command. The txt is illustrated with nearly seventy maps, and all the main campaigns are covered: the invasions of Czechoslovakia and Poland; the German sweep through Europe, Russia and the Middle East; Pearl Harbor and Japanese expansion in the Far East; and then the great Allied counter-attack from Stalingrad and North Africa to Europe and the Pacific.

Basil Collier is a contributor to the United Kingdom Military Series of official histories of the Second World War, and has also published, as an independent writer, a number of other books about the war, which have appeared on both sides of the Atlantic and on the Continent. He has worked, too, as an official accredited historian for the Cabinet Office, and brings this experience and expert knowledge to show not only what happened in the world between 1939 and 1945, but also how and why surely a remarkable feat in 608 pages.

May 2008


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