- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (24 Feb. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1859863191
- ISBN-13: 978-1859863190
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.2 x 25.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 940,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Atlas of World War II Battle Plans: Before and After Hardcover – 24 Feb 2000
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"Comparing the original battle plans with how the battle was actually fought provides a different perspective that World War II enthusiasts will welcome. High school and college collections needing more military focused World War II material should add this to their circulating collections."
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The authors present axioms of war and present battles that confirm the axiom but the descriptions and explanations of each battle are so basic, too brief; it reads at an elemental level. This book doesn't describe battle plans, an order of battle; it gives a layman's account of the piror history of the battle, a few battle basics and a brief summary of the battle results. For anybody looking for a serious rendition of battle planning or analysis of WWII battle campaigns instead of generalities, you should definitely look elsewhere.
If the reader has different expectations or interests, this book may have greater value. The book does include 21 important battles, written by noted authors, on various fronts and the dialog is straight forward and easy to understand. Each battle does include 2 maps which are basic but good and adds to the narrative. Some of the battles include Operation Barbarossa, the attack on Pearl Harbor, Anzio, D-Day, Kursk, Iwo Jima, Stalingrad and Berlin. The campaigns are also grouped by similar condition: Amphibious landings, frontal attacks, city fighting, power of armor and aircraft.
I gave the book a low mark for the misleading title and its generalized coverage but if you're looking for a brief summary of some of the key battles of WWII with some of the accompanying tenets of war then you could give this book three stars. This book would be ideal for the young or new student or an adult with a cursory need.
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