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The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War
The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War
by Andrew Roberts
Edition: Hardcover

59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent new history, 15 Aug 2009
As we reach the 70th anniversary of World War Two's beginning, this is a first-class new general history of the conflict. Roberts writes with clarity and enthusiasm: his survey is wide-ranging and thoughtful and full of fascinating insights. The focus is on Axis war strategy, and using fresh archive material, Hitler's blunders are put under the spotlight - particularly his invasion of the Soviet Union, and - once the tide of war had turned - his dogmatic orders to hold every scrap of occupied territory, denying the German Wehrmacht all tactical flexibility. At the heart of the book is the simple yet powerful truth that the hateful race prejudices of the Nazis ultimately undermined their military efforts - but Roberts also pays proper and moving tribute to the courage of those who stood fast against them.
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Blitzkrieg Unleashed: The German Invasion of Poland 1939
Blitzkrieg Unleashed: The German Invasion of Poland 1939
by Richard Hargreaves
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £23.23

13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb study of a much neglected campaign, 29 Oct 2008
This is an excellent appraisal of the Wehrmacht's six week campaign in Poland that provoked the outbreak of World War Two. An impressive range of new source material is used, particularly from the German side, to bring alive the human dimension of the fighting. We see the tactical strengths and weaknesses of rapid, highly mobile Blitzkrieg warfare as the Panzers raced towards Warsaw, the exhilaration felt by German commanders and soldiers alike that a new sense of national destiny was being invoked, and the dark side of the war in the east - race ideology and atrocities against Jews and the native population. An important study of a much neglected campaign.


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