The Oxford Companion to World War II

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - History - 1039 pages
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From blitzkrieg and blackout to ghettos and Guadalcanal, World War II was a conflict that touched all nations and penetrated all aspects of people's lives. Sixty years after it ended, it still shapes the world we live in today.
When Oxford first published this comprehensive guide to the Second World War, The Economist wrote "it will immediately take its place as the indispensable reference book for students of the Second World War." Now in its third printing, the Companion proves as essential as ever.
With over 1,750 A to Z entries written by more than 140 specialists from both Axis and Allied nations, the Companion provides uniquely worldwide coverage of the war. Every aspect is covered: in-depth surveys of the countries involved in the conflict; politics and strategy; domestic and economic issues; resistance and intelligence; campaigns and battles; warfare and weapons; wartime leaders and influential people; slogans and slang. Hundreds of easy-to-read maps, charts, and diagrams, plus a full chronology, support the Companion's comprehensive coverage. This is an essential reference for students, scholars, history buffs, or anyone seeking to learn more about the most tragic, momentous, and influential event in recent history.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A compilation of quick references dealing with WWII. The texts are well written but the maps are not very useful overall. If one has a good Atlas of the War , be prepared to consult that as well. Not perfect as a one-volume reference, but pretty good, as it was a very large war. Read full review

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User Review  - marcares - LibraryThing

It is essentially a thick book filled with facts and figures but not comprehensive per item wise, about the WW 2. It comes in useful when one wants to do a quick reference on the war period or a leisurely reading cum information digestion. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

I. C. B. Dear served in the Royal Marines from 1953 to 1957 and saw active service in Cyprus. He subsequently worked in the film industry and in book publishing before becoming a full-time writer in 1979. His books on maritime and military subjects include Ten Commando, 1942-1945 (1987),Sabotage and Subversion (1996), and Escape and Evasion (1997), and he is the compiler of Oxford English: A Guide to the Language (1986). He is also co-editor of the second edition of The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2005). M. R. D. Foot, CBE, is a historian and former wartime intelligence officer. He was Professor of Modern History at the University of Manchester (1967-73), and editor of the first four volumes of the Gladstone Diaries. His other works include Resistance (1976), SOE: An Outline History (4th edn,1999), and Holland at War against Hitler (1990).

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