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Mapping the Second World War: The Key Battles of the European Theatre from Above

Mapping the Second World War: The Key Battles of the European Theatre from Above (Hardback)

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The Second World War was a watershed in world history: the seizing of power by Hitler and the Nazis, the slowly building crescendo of annexations that led to Blitzkrieg, the conquest of Europe, the U-boat war, the strategic bombing campaign, the invasion of Russia, Stalingrad and D-Day, and the long German retreat to unconditional surrender. Mapping the Second World War does not try to retell every point in the story of the war in Europe, rather it seeks to provide - through contemporary documents - a different view of the war and suggest avenues for further research. Presenting over 100 maps it looks both at the broad sweep of events - such as the invasion of Europe in June 1944 - and at details - the two-man X-craft attack on the battleship Tirpitz - to provide a fascinating sample of how events during the war were mapped out. Charts and maps were vital to the conduct of the war: before each military event there was planning, the reconnaissance, the conjecture as to enemy dispositions: after the event there would be debriefing, analysis of success and failure, and a redrawing of maps to show new troop positions and boundaries.

Many of the maps selected have been used in actual combat and are marked up accordingly. Such battlefield annotations add to this fascinating overview of some of the key events in the Second World War and are referenced in the extended accompanying map captions. The volume is complete with a detailed narrative introduction to the progress of the war.

Michael Swift is the pen name of a publisher who lives in London and writes in his spare time, alongside his interest in industrial archaeology and football. He was educated in the north of England and at Oxford, where he gained an MA in History. He is also the author of Historical Maps of the Napoleonic Wars, Historical Maps of WWI, Historical Maps of Ireland and Historical Maps of WWII. Michael Sharpe was born in 1970 into a forces background and developed a fascination for flying and military history at an early age. He has worked on numerous publications and articles and is widely published in the fields of military and civil aviation, transport and military history. He is the author of Air Disasters and a volume of a ten-part history of warfare in the Second World War.

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