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War to Be Won Fighting the Second World War

ISBN-10: 0674006801
ISBN-13: 9780674006805
Edition: 2000
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Description: In the course of the twentieth century, no war looms as profoundly transformative or as destructive as World War II. Its global scope and human toll reveal the true face of modern, industrialized warfare. Now, for the first time, we have a  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/22/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.530
Language: English

In the course of the twentieth century, no war looms as profoundly transformative or as destructive as World War II. Its global scope and human toll reveal the true face of modern, industrialized warfare. Now, for the first time, we have a comprehensive, single-volume account of how and why this global conflict evolved as it did. A War To Be Won is a unique and powerful operational history of the Second World War that tells the full story of battle on land, on sea, and in the air. Williamson Murray and Allan R. Millett analyze the operations and tactics that defined the conduct of the war in both the European and Pacific Theaters. Moving between the war room and the battlefield, we see how strategies were crafted and revised, and how the multitudes of combat troops struggled to discharge their orders. The authors present incisive portraits of the military leaders, on both sides of the struggle, demonstrating the ambiguities they faced, the opportunities they took, and those they missed. Throughout, we see the relationship between the actual operations of the war and their political and moral implications. A War To Be Won is the culmination of decades of research by two of America's premier military historians. It avoids a celebratory view of the war but preserves a profound respect for the problems the Allies faced and overcame as well as a realistic assessment of the Axis accomplishments and failures. It is the essential military history of World War II--from the Sino-Japanese War in 1937 to the surrender of Japan in 1945--for students, scholars, and general readers alike.

Williamson Murray is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analysis, Washington, D.C.

Origins of a Catastrophe
The Revolution in Military Operations, 1919?1939
German Designs, 1939?1940
Germany Triumphant, 1940
Diversions in the Mediterranean and Balkans, 1940?1941
Barbarossa, 1941
The Origins of the Asia-Pacific War, 1919?1941
The Japanese War of Conquest, 1941?1942
The Asia-Pacific War, 1942?1944
The Battle of the Atlantic, 1939?1943
Year of Decision for Germany, 1942
The Combined Bomber Offensive, 1941?1945
The Destruction of Japanese Naval Power, 1943?1944
The Killing Time, 1943?1944
The Invasion of France, 1944
The End in Europe, 1944?1945
The Destruction of the Japanese Empire, 1944?1945
The End of the Asia-Pacific War, 1945
Peoples at War, 1937?1945
The Aftermath of War
Epilogue: In Retrospect
Appendixes
Military Organization
The Conduct of War
Weapons
Exploring World War II Notes
Suggested Reading
Acknowledgments
Illustration
Credits Index

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