Great Crusade A New Complete History of the Second World War

ISBN-10: 159797191X
ISBN-13: 9781597971911
Edition: 2008 (Revised)
Authors: H. P. Willmott
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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Potomac Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 520
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

"The best balanced one-volume history of the Second World War in its coverage of all the major themes and all the fronts. Willmott's fresh insights into the war on the Eastern Front are an outstanding feature." -Russell F. Weigley, author of Eisenhower's Lieutenants: The Campaign of France and Germany, 1944-45 "The Great Crusade is a single-volume tour de force combining narrative, interpretation, and insight. Willmott has written both an outstanding operational history and a perceptive analysis of systems and societies in mortal conflict." -Dennis E. Showalter, author of Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the Twentieth Century "One of the best one-volume histories of World War II. . . . Thorough in its coverage, entertaining in its treatment, and perceptive in its analyses. . . . Exceptionally readable." -Sea Power Originally published in 1989 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the war's outbreak in Europe, the highly acclaimed The Great Crusade: A New Complete History of the Second World War, Revised Edition, provides a balanced account of both theaters of conflict in World War II and asserts that modern war is waged between systems and societies rather than among individuals. In this new revised edition, author H. P. Willmott provides a general overview of military events and relates them to political and economic factors, establishing a balance among the warring nations in terms of the conflict's causes and its course of victory and defeat. The Great Crusade includes detailed analyses of the Soviet side of the conflict and offers comparisons between the American Civil War and the Pacific theater to explain Japan's defeat. Willmott debunks the myth of German military proficiency, asserting that the German military was better at winning individual battles than waging war, thus resulting in its defeat. With its clear discussion of events, controversial interpretive frameworks, and new introduction, The Great Crusade is a well-written and engaging narrative history that will appeal to military buffs and scholars alike.

H. P. Willmott has written extensively on warfare in general and the Second World War in particular. Among his books are Empires in the Balance; The Barrier and the Javelin; The Great Crusade (a military reinterpretation of the Second World War); Grave of a Dozen Schemes: British Naval Planning and the War against Japan, 1943--1945; and When Men Lost Faith in Reason: Reflections on Warfare in the Twentieth Century. He is a native of Engelfield Green, Egham, Surrey.

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Preface and Acknowledgments
A New World and a New War
Versailles Settlement Locarno
Japanese Imperialism Civil war in China
Manchurian Campaign Rise of Hitler
Abyssinian Crisis Occupation of the Rhineland Spanish
Civil War Campaign in China Anschluss
Munich Crisis British guarantee to Poland Nazi-Soviet Pact Anglo-Polish Alliance Outbreak of War
Conquest by Installments Hitler's leadership
Polish campaign War at sea Scandinavia
The Winter War Norwegian campaign Campaign in Western Europe
Fall of France Balkans diplomacy East Africa
Battle of Britain Italy and the invasion of Greece
North Africa Campaigns in Yugoslavia and Greece
Battle for Crete Battle of the Atlantic Operation
Barbarossa Soviet moves and counter-attacks Start of the Pacific War
Global Conflict Aspects of the Pacific War
Pearl Harbor Siam and Malaya Invasion of the Philippines Hong Kong
Borneo, campaign in the Indies Fall of Singapore Burma Coral Sea
Midway Germany declares war on the United States Battle of the Atlantic
North Africa and El Alamein New Guinea
Guadalcanal German position, mid-1942 Defeats in the Crimea
Kharkov Advances towards Stalingrad and the Caucasus Soviet counter-attack
Torch landings Axis retreat from Egypt and Libya Operations
Uranus, Little Saturn, Gallop, Star Kharkov
1943 and the Eleventh Principle of War Review of 1943
Casablanca conference Allied conferences U.S. policy in the Pacific
China, Burma Battle of the Atlantic Convoy losses
Impact of Allied sea power Strategic air offensive
Area bombing policy Pointblank directive
War economies Eastern Front Kursk Wavering of Germany's allies
Time, Space and Doctrine Problems of Germany and Japan compared
The Pacific, 1943 Campaigns in the Solomons, eastern New Guinea, the Gilberts Burma
Arakan and Chindit operations
China Truk Clearing of the Marshalls Hollandia operation U.S. landings in western
New Guinea Saipan Battle of the Philippine
Sea Mediterranean policy Landings in Sicily
Italian campaign Operation Overlord Operation
Market Garden Eastern Front Soviet 1944 operations
Defection of Germany's allies Retreat from Greece and southern Yugoslavia Defense of Hungary
Kalo'smi Situation in China Ichi-Go offensive
Imphal and Kohima Japanese defeats in the Pacific Battle of Leyte Gulf
Campaign on Luzon Strategic bombing campaigns against
Germany and Japan German recovery, late 1944
Allied operations in France and the Low Countries
Ardennes campaign Eastern Front Vistula-Oder offensive
Liberation of the death camps
Clearing the west bank of the Rhine Yalta conference
Soviet drive on Berlin Suicide of Hitler
German surrender Liberation of Prague Last months of Japanese war
Manhattan project Potsdam declaration Iwo Jima Okinawa campaign Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Manchurian campaign Japanese surrender
The Accounting
Appendixes and Postscript
Bibliography
Campaign index
General index

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