Military history

The Second World War: A Complete History

The Second World War: A Complete History

In this history of a global war, the author weaves together all aspects - political, diplomatic, military and civilian. Heroes from all nations - soldiers, sailors and airmen, statesmen and resistance fighters are remembered and their stories put in the context of the wider struggle.

Chapter 1. The German invasion of Poland, September 1939

Chapter 2. Poland defeated, October 1939

Chapter 3. Finland defiant, November 1939

Chapter 4. The Scandinavian cockpit, winter 1939–1940

Chapter 5. The German attack in the West, May 1940

Chapter 6. Dunkirk, May 1940

Chapter 7. The battle for France, June 1940

Chapter 8. France’s agony, Britain’s resolve, June–July 1940

Chapter 9. The battle for Britain, August–September 1940

Chapter 10. ‘The war is won!’ (Hitler), October 1940

Chapter 11. The ‘new order of tyranny’ (Roosevelt), winter 1940–1941

Chapter 12. The widening war, January–March 1941

Chapter 13. The German conquest of Yugoslavia and Greece, April 1941

Chapter 14. The fall of Crete; war in Africa, April–May 1941

Chapter 15. The German invasion of Russia, June 1941

Chapter 16. Terror in the East, July–August 1941

Chapter 17. Towards Leningrad, Moscow and Kiev, September 1941

Chapter 18. Russia at bay, September–October 1941

Chapter 19. ‘Deciding the fate of Europe’ (Hitler), November 1941

Chapter 20. The limits of German conquest, December 1941

Chapter 21. Japan strikes, December 1941

Chapter 22. ‘We are no longer alone’ (Churchill), New Year 1942

Chapter 23. Global war, February–April 1942

Chapter 24. The spread of resistance and terror, summer 1942

Chapter 25. Axis triumphs, July 1942

Chapter 26. Guadalcanal, Dieppe, El Alamein, August–September 1942

Chapter 27. Stalingrad and ‘Torch’, September–October 1942

Chapter 28. The turn of the tide for the Allies, winter 1942

Chapter 29. Casablanca: blueprint for victory, January 1943

Chapter 30. The German armies in danger, February 1943

Chapter 31. ‘Drive the enemy into the sea’ (Montgomery), spring 1943

Chapter 32. ‘The first crack in the Axis’ (Roosevelt), summer 1943

Chapter 33. Germany and Japan in retreat, autumn 1943

Chapter 34. ‘Bleeding to death in the East’ (Goebbels), winter 1943

Chapter 35. Anzio, Cassino, Kwajalein, January–February 1944

Chapter 36. Bombing, deportation, and mass murder, February–March 1944

Chapter 37. Resistance, sabotage and deception, spring 1944

Chapter 38. D-Day, June 1944

Chapter 39. Germany encircled, July 1944

Chapter 40. The battles for Poland and France, summer 1944

Chapter 41. The bitter-sweet path of liberation, autumn 1944

Chapter 42. Into Germany; towards the Philippines, September 1944

Chapter 43. Fighting for every mile, October–November 1944

Chapter 44. Flying bombs, suicide pilots, death marches, January 1945

Chapter 45. Berlin, Manila, Dresden, Tokyo, February–March 1945

Chapter 46. The Axis in disarray; the Allies in conflict, March–April 1945

Chapter 47. The deaths of Roosevelt, Mussolini and Hitler, April 1945

Chapter 48. The end of the war in Europe, May 1945

Chapter 49. Germany in defeat, Japan unbowed, May–July 1945

Chapter 50. Alamogordo, Potsdam, Hiroshima, July–August 1945

Chapter 51. The defeat of Japan, August 1945

Chapter 52. Retribution and Remembrance, 1945–1952

Chapter 53. ‘Unfinished business’, 1953–1989

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