The Second World War, 1939-45: A Strategical And Tactical History

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Da Capo Press, Mar 22, 1993 - History - 432 pages
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Fuller's biographer, Bryan Holden Reid, has described The Second World War as "an analysis of the breakdown, as Fuller saw it, of the vital relationship between grand strategy and grand tactics--the end and the means...Too often books on the Second world War detail the movements of formations about the battlefield and give space to strategical commentary without assessing the manner in which the war was actually fought. On the tactical level, The Second World War can still be read with profit." Fuller himself characterized the book, however, as "in part a least a psychological study of the folly of man." Expertly combining detailed military history and analysis with Clausewitzian insights based on his own theories of warfare, Fuller produced a modern military masterpiece in The Second World War.
 

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Contents

Chapter Page
10
BACKGROUND OF THE WAR
17
CAMPAIGNS IN BURMA I94344
44
H GERMAN INITIATIVE ITS INITIAL SUCCESSES
47
ARBELA MANOEUVRE 331 B C
48
TRONDHEIM CAMPAIGN 1940
66
CROSSING OF THE RIVER MBUSE I94O
72
CHANGE OF THE GERMAN LINE OF OPERATIONS
90
l The Strategic Bombing of Germany 194019442
240
INVASION OF TUNISIA I943
242
4 The Catastrophe of Stalingrad and the German 1942
250
STALINGRAD CAMPAIGN 194243
253
INITIATIVE OF THE TWO FRONTS
260
INVASION OF SICILY I943
262
RUSSIAN SUMMER AND AUTUMN CAMPAIGNS 1943
274
RUSSIAN WINTER AND SPRING CAMPAIGNS 194344
282

SIDI BARRANI BATTLEFIELD I94O
94
EAST AFRICAN THEATRE OF WAR I94I
100
JAPANESE INITIATIVE ITS INITIAL SUCCESSES
127
JAPANS STRATEGIC DEFENSIVE
130
INVASION OF THE PHILIPPINES I94I4Z
136
FALL OF SINGAPORE 1942
144
LOSS OF GERMAN INITIATIVE
154
BATTLEFEELD OF SIDI RBZEGH I94I
157
BATTLEFIELD OF TOBRUK 1942
169
Chapter Page
188
PAPUA GUADALCANAL AND RABAUL CAMPAIGNS 194243
201
ALEUTIAN ISLANDS CAMPAIGN I94243
208
i The AlliedStrategical Problems 2 The Guadalcanal
216
GERMAN AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION
225
BATTLE OF ALAM EL HALFA I942
233
INVASION OF NORMANDY I944
289
INTERDICTION OF GERMAN COMMUNICATIONS 1944
295
RUSSIAN SUMMER CAMPAIGN NORTHERN FRONT 1944
307
CONSUMMATION OF ALLIED INITIATIVE IN EUROPE
321
RECONQUEST OF FRANCE I944
326
DANUB1AN CAMPAIGN 1944
335
THEATRE OF OPERATIONS IN WESTERN EUROPE 194
341
BATTLE OF THE ARDENNES 194445
347
CONQUEST OF GERMANY I945
356
Chapter Page
365
RECONQUEST OF BURMA I94445
367
RECONQUEST OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS I94445
376
FOREGROUND OF THE WAR
398
APPENDIX
413
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Major General J.F.C. Fuller (1878-1966) was one of the most important and original military thinkers of this century. He served as lieutenant in the Boer War, organized the first British tank corps in World War I, and developed the strategy and tactics of tank warfare which were later put to such effective use by the Nazis for their World War II blitzkriegs. His many books include A Military History of the Western World (3 volumes), The Generalship of Ulysses S. Grant, Julius Caesar: Man, Soldier, and Tyrant, and The Generalship of Alexander the Great, all of which are available from Da Capo Press/Perseus Book Group.

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