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The Great World War 1914-1945: Lightning Strikes Twice Vol 1 Hardcover – 4 Dec 2000


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Explorations of individual experiences over two World Wars
For the first time over a hugely diverse range of war experience in teh Twentieth Century, a comparative study has been undertaken of First as against Second World War experience. Drawing on original letters and diaries and related material and illustrated by a phenomenal array of virtually unknown photographic images of the war; historians from all over the world have been drawn together by three British colleagues - myself, John Bourne and Ian Whitehead - to examine kindered areas of experience of war in the two conflicts. In Volume One (of a two-volume work), representative individual experience is examined: the fighter pilot, the crew of bombers, the Merchant Marine sailor, the submariner, soldiers winning or losing, those storming a defended beach, and the work of Partisans and SOE agents. The experience of leaders exercising comparable responsibilities, and of others charged with coordinating command of allies, is dissected. Th comprehensive nature of this book ensures it will command a general readership and also be a recommended text for students.

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'The Great War 1914-45' is a landmark in military history. This collaborative venture by historians from 20 different countries addresses every aspect of the world wars. Above all, were they really two separate conflicts or should not he whole period be recognized as one 'Great War' that was not resolved until the extinction of German military ambition in 1945?

Frontline combat is compared and contrasted from the Somme to Stalingrad, aerial warfare from 'Bloody April' to the 'Great Marianas Turkey Shoot'. Naval campaigns, jungle and desert warfare and amphibious operations are examined as well as the success or failure of national strategies. One common strand is the contrast between the excellence of German battlefield tactics and the questionable strategy pursued by both the Kaiser's senior commanders and the Nazi high command.

Away from the battelfields, 'The Great War 1914-45' also investigates different civilian experiences of war, grand strategy, economic policy, and the 'barbarization of warfare' that so marred the first half of the 20th Century.

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