Hitler had hoped for a short war against Poland; instead, Britain and France declared war on Germany. This work explores the reasons why the Second World War broke out in September 1939 and not sooner, and why a European war expanded into world war by 1941.
Published in 2010, Bloodlands argues that accounts of World War II have paid too much attention to the atrocities of Adolf Hitler, and not enough to Joseph Stalin's. Snyder believes a definitive history of the period must depict the suffering of all of the conflict's victims.
There is no reason why you should have heard of Geoffrey Pyke. After his suicide in 1948 he was described as one of the great geniuses of his time, to rank alongside Einstein, yet he remains today, as The Times put it, 'one of the most original if unrecognised figures' of the twentieth century.
Reveals a new aspect of Winston Churchill's life, so far completely neglected by historians. This book focuses on his relations with his nuclear scientists, and his management of Britain's policy on atomic weapons. It reveals a little-known side of Britain's war-leader.
Throughout his six decades in the public eye, Winston Churchill understood and wielded the power of words. In his speeches, books and newspaper and magazine articles, he expressed his feelings and laid out his vision for the future. This book collects 200 extracts from Churchill's entire oeuvre of books, articles and speeches.
This is the story of the journey of the British Expeditionary Force from hope to despair, to triumph in the midst of defeat. Over 300,000 men were taken off the beaches of Dunkirk, and it was they who became the nucleus of the armies which swept Nazism from Europe.
The Second World War was a German war like no other. When war broke out in September 1939, it was deeply unpopular in Germany. Yet without the active participation and commitment of the German people, it could not have continued for almost six years. This book examines how the German people experienced the Second World War.
We have come to see the Holocaust as a factory of death, organised by bureaucrats. Yet by the time the gas chambers became operational more than a million European Jews were already dead. This book offers a radical reframing of the Holocaust that challenges prevailing myths and draws disturbing parallels with the present.
Winston Churchill saved Britain and Europe by his incomparable leadership in the Second World War. This book shows the importance of war in Churchill's career as a whole, from his early days as a hussar in India to his attempts to control the threat of the nuclear bomb. It covers his leadership in the Second World War.
This series combines text based largely on eyewitness accounts lodged in the archives of the Imperial War Museum, with a CD based on actual recordings held in the same archives. This volume relives the Battle of Britain.
This series combines text based largely on eyewitness accounts lodged in the archives of the Imperial War Museum, with a CD based on actual recordings held in the same archives. This volume examines the part that women played in the two major wars of the 20th century.
As seen on Channel 4's WWII Great Escapes: The Freedom Trails, this is the incredible story of four escape routes out of Nazi-occupied Europe, of the Allied servicemen who used them, and of the men and women of the Resistance who risked their lives to create and run them.
It wasn't until many months that ground forces captured Arnhem in conventional fighting. It had literally been "a bridge too far". This book consists of interviews, research of British and Polish airborne forces involved in Arnhem, German forces and Dutch civilians caught up in the battle.
No single human invention has changed war more than the aeroplane. The potential of air power to revolutionize the very nature - perhaps even the meaning - of combat was strikingly evident almost from the moment the Wright brothers first flew.
This work examines the events and outcomes in the many places in which World War II was fought. It shows where the strategic decisions came from and how they were implemented, but also through diary entries and recorded oral history, how ordinary people felt when they witnessed or heard of events.
He fought on both sides in the Spanish Civil War. He was awarded the Iron Cross by Hitler and an MBE by Britain. To MI5 he was known as Garbo. To the Abwehr, he was Alaric. He also went by Rags the Indian Poet, Mrs Gerbers, Stanley the Welsh Nationalist - and 24 other names. He tricked Hitler over D-Day.
A view of Winston Churchill, the workings of his historical imagination, and his successes and failures as a statesman. It treats Churchill's relationships with Stalin, Roosevelt and Eisenhower, as well as his farsighted political vision concerning the coming of World War II and the Cold War.
Part history and part autobiography, this is a portrait of the harrowing effect of war. Personal stories of the survival or destruction of the author's family lend an intimate dimension to this narrative of those millions who have surged back and forth across the lowlands bordering the Baltic Sea during the middle of this century/
Thunder in the East is a penetrating overview of the Nazi-Soviet conflict. Mawdsley analyzes the Wehrmacht and Red Army as well as the command and production systems that were able to sustain them. Benefiting from a post-Communist, post-Cold War perspective, the book takes advantage of a wealth of new studies and source material.
The story of the French Resistance is central to French identity, but it is a story built on myths. The author presents an account of compelling narratives of the Second World War. He brings to the fore the woman resisters, who history neglected.
The author is 92 years old and one of very few men who can recall first-hand the most daring and ingenious air raid of all time. He can also vividly remember his childhood spent working on a farm with his controlling father, the series of events that led him to the RAF and the rigorous training that followed. This book tells his story.
During the Nazi occupation, the inhabitants of the Plateau Vivarais Lignon saved several thousand people from the concentration camps. This book tells the story of courage and determination, of a small number of heroic individuals who risked their lives to save others, and of what can be done when people come together to oppose tyranny.
Presents the history of the Blitz and bombing in the Second World War. This book examines not just the most well-known parts of the campaign, but the significance of bombing on many other fronts - the German use of bombers on the Eastern Front for example, or the Allied campaigns against Italian cities.
Examines the effect of World War II on British society, on employment policy, planning, health care, education, demography and on groups such as women, the Labour Party, businessmen and the working class. The contributors suggest that very little wartime change was lasting.
How well did civilian morale stand up to the pressure of total war and what factors were important to it? Rejecting contentions that morale fell short of the favourable picture presented during World War II and since, this work shows how government policies for maintaining morale were put in place.