The Second World War: A Military History
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A landmark reassessment of World War II that reconsiders the immense six-year conflict under the lens of the many separate campaigns fought in Europe, Asia, and the Mediterranean
A definitive single-volume military history of World War II, The Second World War reveals the vastly diverse ways in which each campaign was waged against very different enemies who rarely, if ever, coordinated their efforts. Corrigan, who has developed a scholarly reputation of challenging long-held historical assumptions, examines the agendas of the warring nations and offers fresh and vivid interpretations of how the war was fought and how it was won. In particular, the author dispels myths regarding the effectiveness of the American and British war efforts and brings the contributions of the Russian armies to the forefront. Vast in vision and epic in scope, The Second World War will change forever the way we think about the titanic conflicts that decided the shape of the modern world.
supporters. All this is, of course, nonsense – in reality there was very little resistance, organized or otherwise, to either Hitler or the NSDAP regime. The attempt to remove Hitler only arose because he had stopped giving Germany victories. Those very few officers who were involved in the bomb plot were far from being liberal democrats – rather they were firm believers in aristocratic rule and in German hegemony – but, now that Hitler no longer seemed able to guarantee that hegemony, they hoped
force Britain to make peace, but British shipbuilders were unable to keep pace with the losses and the country became even more dependent upon the output of American yards (something which was to have a marked impact on Britain’s economic woes after the war). The prospects for 1943 looked bleak. Like the Royal Navy, the United States Navy suffered from a lack of resources and a reluctance to spend between the wars. America had only two oceans to worry about, whereas the British had three, and
million Allied casualties to subdue Japan by invasion are almost certainly a gross overestimate, the death toll could easily have been in the region of 100,000. An alternative would have been an air and sea blockade accompanied by air raids, as MacArthur recommended. This would save Allied lives and would slowly strangle what was left of Japan’s economy and starve her population, but this too might take a long time. Already the Japanese government had instructed its people to gather acorns to be
Military History, Freiberg, Germany (ed.), Germany and the Second World War, Vol. II. 24 Alanbrooke, War Diaries 1939–1945 (Danchev and Todman (eds.)). 25 For a detailed account of the move through the Ardennes, see Rothbrust, Guderian’s XIX Panzer Corps. 26 Figures from Thomson, Dunkirk 27 Colville, The Fringes of Power. 28 For a detailed account of German designs on Gibraltar and attempts to bring Spain into the war on the Axis side, see Burdick, Germany’s Military Strategy and Spain.
albeit one not capable of much more than coastal defence and commerce raiding. The NSDAP government’s first ordered increase in the size of the army was from the Reichsheer’s seven divisions to twenty-one with a wartime reinforcement of a further fifteen divisions. This was a huge step, to be completed within two years, and was carried out, in the main, by dividing existing single units to form two and then splitting them again. There were enough officers and senior NCOs who could be promoted