A War To Be Won: fighting the Second World War

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - History - 736 pages
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In the course of the twentieth century, no war looms as profoundly transformative or as destructive as World War II. Its global scope and human toll reveal the true face of modern, industrialized warfare. Now, for the first time, we have a comprehensive, single-volume account of how and why this global conflict evolved as it did. "A War To Be Won" is a unique and powerful operational history of the Second World War that tells the full story of battle on land, on sea, and in the air.

Williamson Murray and Allan R. Millett analyze the operations and tactics that defined the conduct of the war in both the European and Pacific Theaters. Moving between the war room and the battlefield, we see how strategies were crafted and revised, and how the multitudes of combat troops struggled to discharge their orders. The authors present incisive portraits of the military leaders, on both sides of the struggle, demonstrating the ambiguities they faced, the opportunities they took, and those they missed. Throughout, we see the relationship between the actual operations of the war and their political and moral implications.

"A War To Be Won" is the culmination of decades of research by two of America's premier military historians. It avoids a celebratory view of the war but preserves a profound respect for the problems the Allies faced and overcame as well as a realistic assessment of the Axis accomplishments and failures. It is the essential military history of World War II--from the Sino-Japanese War in 1937 to the surrender of Japan in 1945--for students, scholars, and general readers alike.

 

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Contents

1 Origins of a Catastrophe
1
2 The Revolution in Military Operations 19191939
18
3 German Designs 19391940
44
4 Germany Triumphant 1940
63
5 Diversions in the Mediterranean and Balkans 19401941
91
6 Barbarossa 1941
110
7 The Origins of the AsiaPacific War 19191941
143
8 The Japanese War of Conquest 19411942
169
14 The Killing Time 19431944
374
15 The Invasion of France 1944
411
16 The End in Europe 19441945
446
17 The Destruction of the Japanese Empire 19441945
484
19 Peoples at War 19371945
527
In Retrospect
575
Notes
613
Suggested Reading
622

9 The AsiaPacific War 19421944
196
10 The Battle of the Atlantic 19391943
234
11 Year of Decision for Germany 1942
262
12 The Combined Bomber Offensive 19411945
304
13 The Destruction of Japanese Naval Power 19431944
336
Acknowledgments
638
Illustration Credits
641
Index
642
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About the author (2009)

Dr. Williamson Murray is professor emeritus at Ohio State University and at the Institute for Defense Analysis. He is the author of numerous books, including Military Innovation in the Interwar Period, Air War in the Persian Gulf, and Calculations, Net Assessment and the Coming of WWII.

Col. Allan R. Millett, USMCR (Ret.), is the director of the University of New Orleans Eisenhower Center for American Studies and the Ambrose professor of American history. His books include "Their War for Korea: American, Asian, and European Combatants and Civilians, 1945-1953" (Brassey's, Inc., 2002). The recipient of the 2008 Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement, Colonel Millett lives in New Orleans.

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