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Title:
World War II in photographs
Author:
Holmes, Richard, 1946-2011.
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Publication Information:
London : Carlton, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
400 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781847324412

9781842220733
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Book

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Summary

As we approach the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II, interest in the greatest military conflict of all time remains stronger than ever. Richard Holmes, one of Britain's finest military historians--assisted by the research staff of the Imperial War Museum--takes us on a photographic look back at the confrontation. In year-by-year chapters, from 1939-45, this breathtaking volume covers every theater of operations. Dramatic, hard hitting, and intensely moving, this is a unique visual testament to the millions who lost their lives in the war, and a reminder of both the heroism and horror of global combat.  

 


Author Notes

Richard Holmes is Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University and the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, and President of the British Commission for Military History.  He has written over 20 books, including his trilogy on the British Soldier, Redcoat ; Tommy , Sahib , The First World War in Photographs , The D-Day Experience , The Napoleonic Wars Experience , and Marlborough: England's Fragile Genius . He has also presented seven television documentary series, from Rebels and Redcoats , about the American Revolution, to In the Footsteps of Churchill .


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Booklist Review

The Russian Front chronicles the war between the Soviet Union and Germany that began on June 22, 1941, when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, and ended with a Soviet assault on Berlin in April 1945. Among the military campaigns examined is the brutal battle for Stalingrad in 1942, in which the Red Army lost more than 1 million men in defense of the city, and the engagement at Kursk in July 1943 involving 1 million men and 2,700 tanks. The authors are military historians; their book, illustrated with frightening archive photographs, is a remarkable account of a savage conflict. Holmes' poignant book contains 500 photographs, almost all of them black-and-white and most drawn from Britain's Imperial War Museum. A few were taken by prominent photographers, such as Cecil Beaton and Robert Capa, but many of the photographers--some destined to remain unknown, others ordinary officers and men--served with army film and photographic units. There are also captured German and Japanese official photographs. Presentation is by year, from 1939 to 1945. Holmes prefaces each year with an account of its major events and briefly introduces each block of photos within a year. Although most of the pictures are war photos, some reflect the fact that millions of civilians were affected--young children being evacuated from London, a British air raid warden comforting a child rescued from a bombed-out home, German citizens made to view the horrors of the Buchenwald concentration camp, shaven-headed French women accused of sexually consorting with the Germans. World War II enthusiasts will want both books. --George Cohen


Library Journal Review

War, the game the world so loves to play, is showcased here in yet another slick photographic history of World War II. This book certainly does not present a new concept and offers no new scholarship on the history of the war, yet it does provide stark, grim, and vivid reminders of the horror and cost of global warfare. British historian Holmes (Footsteps of a Romantic Biographer) furnishes the standard chronological text, and the British Imperial War Museum provides more than 500 black-and-white and color photographs from its massive archives. The book offers a decidedly British view of the war, although the photos do include American, German, Russian, and Japanese perspectives. Photos include propaganda shots, action photos, and staged pictures (identified where possible). Many photos are not for the squeamish or faint of heart, showing gruesome scenes of death and destruction. No maps are provided to help orient the reader. Still, this is a polished product. Recommended for public libraries.DCol. William D. Bushnell, USMC, Sebascodegan Island, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.