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The Great World War, 1914-45
Liddle, Peter.
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volumes <1 > : illustrations ; 24 cm
v. 1. Lightning strikes once -- v. 2. The peoples' experience.
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Lightning strikes once.

Peoples' experience.

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D521 .G75 2000 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
D521 .G75 2000 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This should be a landmark in military history: a collaborative venture between historians from 20 different countries addressing aspects of The World Wars.

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Library Journal Review

Operating under the premise that the World Wars I and II were actually parts of the same huge conflict, 38 historians have written 33 chapters comparing the two wars. There are chapters on occupation and genocide, war in the air and undersea, POWs, casualties, and the experience of killing. The chapters on the national and military leadership (e.g., Churchill and Lloyd George, Hitler and the Kaiser) offer the most direct comparisons. The biggest difference, of course, was the relatively stable (but incredibly deadly) trench warfare of 1914-18, unlike the 1939-45 period, which was notable for its immense geographic scope, the number of troops involved, and mobile operations (land, air, and sea). The aim of this book is "to demonstrate the diversity of personal experience in the two world wars," primarily in the uniformed services. The next volume will cover the national experiences of countries and the role of civilians. There is no bibliography, but notes are found at the end of the chapters. There is a glaring lack of maps, which would have been helpful. Suitable for the military history collections of both public and academic libraries. Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

These chapters by over 30 authors attempt to dispel many commonly held myths concerning the World Wars. Using the latest historiography, the contributors compare and contrast a wide array of personal experiences--combat and noncombat, soldiers and civilians--during these two conflicts. The first of three parts covers the frontline experience of principally American and European soldiers, the second highlights key civil and military leaders, and the third considers civilians during the occupation of Europe and the Middle East by enemy armies. Many of the chapters are well written, original, and highly analytical, contributing new research and new interpretations. Christiana Goulter's chapter "War in the Air: The Bomber Crew" and Bosanquet and Whitehead's chapter on casualties and the British medical services are particularly enlightening. But, typical of edited volumes, not all chapters are well written, and some do not support the book's premise. Eric Bergerud's "War in the Pacific," for example, discusses only WW II, while Julian Thompson's chapter on the British Special Forces reads like a tourist's survey of these elite units. Also, there is an overemphasis on the British experience. Despite these flaws, the many gems of fact and interpretation found in its 600-plus pages deserve serious attention by students and scholars. W. T. Dean III Air Command and Staff College