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The Second World War in the West
Messenger, Charles, 1941-
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Publication Information:
London : Cassell, 1999.
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224 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps, portraits (some color) ; 28 cm.
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D756 .M443 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Germany's defeat in 1918 left the nation resentful--and paved the way for Nazism's ascent and the fierce determination to reverse that loss. Follow the spread of war throughout the world, and the technological developments and refinements of weaponry, as the Germans undertake the blitzkrieg of Eastern Europe in 1939-41; enlist other discontented countries in their cause; and wage a bitter offensive against Russia. Also covered is the Anglo-American counter-offensive in Africa and the battles that raged in the Mediterranean and North western Europe. 224 pages, 70 color illus., 80 b/w illus., 7 3/4 x 10 3/8.

Author Notes

Charles Messenger served for twenty years as an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment before retiring to become a full-time military historian and defence analyst. He has also carried out numerous analytical historical studies for the Ministry of Defence. He is a member of the British Commission for Military History, the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 5
Map Listp. 9
Chronologyp. 10
1 The Road to War 1919-39p. 17
2 The Triumph of Blitzkrieg 1939-40p. 39
3 Mussolini's Dream: The Mediterranean Theatre 1940-41p. 71
4 Hitler Turns East: Russia 1941-3p. 91
5 Second Front: Western Europe and the Mediterranean: 1942-3p. 117
6 The Liberation of Russia 1943-4p. 139
7 North-West Europe and Italy 1944p. 167
8 The Final Campaign 1945p. 193
9 In Retrospectp. 209
Some Leading Commandersp. 214
Further Readingp. 219
Indexp. 220
Picture Creditsp. 224