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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
Format :
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

British military historian Holmes (military & security studies, Cranfield Univ.; The First World War in Photographs) chronologically relates the entire story of World War II as captured by the camera, beginning with prewar Nazi Germany (e.g., photos of the 1935 Nuremberg rallies) and ending with the surrender of Japan. Holmes provides an introductory narrative for each chapter, recounting events worldwide and then proceeding with the relevant photographs, which are themselves nicely captioned. Some of the photos (50 of the 500 are in color) have been reproduced before, but most are previously unseen and from the extensive collections of the U.K.'s Imperial War Museum. While most are by military photographers, noted photographers Cecil Beaton and Bill Brandt are also featured. There are a great many eloquent images, with the emphasis largely on the military history of the war rather than on the struggles of civilians. Recommended for all collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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