A comprehensive history of World War II analyzes the factors that affected the war's outcome and presents stories of many little-known individuals whose experiences displayed the epitome of courage and self-sacrifice.
Onslaught. Four invasions : September 1939-April 1940 ; Führer imperator : May-June 1940 ; Last Hope Island : June 1940-June 1941 ; Contesting the Littoral : September 1939-June 1942 ; Kicking in the door : June-December 1941 ; Tokyo typhoon : December 1941-May 1942 Climacteric. The everlasting shame of mankind : 1939-1945 ; Five minutes at Midway : June 1942-October 1944 ; Midnight in the devil's gardens : July 1942-May 1943 ; The motherland overwhelms the fatherland : January 1942-February 1943 ; The waves of air and sea : 1939-1945 ; Up the wasp-waist peninsula : July 1943-May 1945 Retribution. A salient reversal : March-August 1943 ; The cruel reality : 1939-1945 ; Norman conquest : June-August 1944 ; Western approaches : August 1944-March 1945 ; Eastern approaches : August 1943-May 1945 ; The land of the setting sun : October 1944-September 1945.
Originally published: London : Allen Lane, 2009. Includes bibliographical references and index.