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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."
-"American Reference Reviews Annual
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3.0 out of 5 stars A superficial review of key battles in WWII 8 Jun. 2008
By Dave Schranck - Published on
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If you were hoping to read detailed plans on how General Bradley designed Operation Cobra or how General Dempsey planned Operation Goodwood or how F.M. Manstein developed Operation Winter Storm then you will be disappointed.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but 12 Oct. 2009
By Xavier Buaillon - Published on
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There is some good intel in this book but the big problem is about the maps which are all in black and White, so it gets a little difficult to understand it. To give an example: one's army is in light grey and the opponents'one is in a little lighter grey... So it takes some time to figure out who is who. A color edition will be welcome.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it 6 May 2007
By Lane - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Few maps for an atlas. Gives only basic, common knowledge of what happened.
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