The Oxford companion to World War II

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Ian Dear, Michael Richard Daniell Foot
Oxford University Press, 2001 - History - 1039 pages
'The Oxford Companion to the Second World War, by virtue of its scale, its range and its scholarship, is an outstanding guide, as sensible and cogent on the big questions as it is instructive and informed on the lesser ones.'HEW STRACHAN, TLS'indispensable...unlikely to be superseded this century'JOHN KEEGAN, Daily Telegraph'easy to use, solid of fact, perceptive and judicious'JOHN ERICKSON, Times Higher'It will immediately take its place as the indispensable reference book for students of the second world war.'GORDON LEE, The Economist'a magnificent volume and an invaluable resource'J. A. CRANG, The Historical AssociationThese are just a few of the review quotes generated by the Companion when it was published in hardback in 1995. World War II was a war that affected the whole world and reached into every aspect of existence. It was a war which touched all nations, penetrated all aspects of people's lives, and which helped shape the world today. Over 140 distinguished and internationally renowned contributors have writtenover 1750 entries covering the very wide-ranging topics that make up the single subject of World War II. Entries include:surveys of major countries: France, Germany, Australia, India, USA, Japan, including sections in each about domestic life, culture, economics, government, resistance, and defencecolonial possessions and less major players: British Central Africa, British Cameroons, Dutch East Indies, Latvia, Libya, Slovakiacampaigns: East Africa campaign, Burma campaign, Normandy campaign, Fezzan campaigns, Western desert campaignsbattles: battle of the River Plate, battle of East China Sea, battle of Kasserine Passmilitary operations: FALL GELB, BARBAROSSA, OVERLORDtypes of warfare: electronic, chemical, economic, signals intelligencewartime leaders: Stalin, Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, Mussolini, Hirohitopolitics and strategy: Grand Alliance, the Final Solution, the atomic bombdesign, development and use of machines and weapons: tanks, submarines, rockets, battleships, anti-tank weapons, human torpedoes, Baka bombsorganisations associated with the war: Arab League, Force K, Hitler Youth, Cossacksplaces made famous in the war: Dachau, Bletchley Park, Nagasakislogans and phrases: wavy navy, Bevin Boys, Big Red One, jerry cans, Blackshirts

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Ian Dear is the author of numerous books on sailing, including America's Cup, Fastnet, The Royal Yacht Squadron, and is co-author of Bunkside Companion. Peter Kemp is the editor of The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea and has written widely on sailing.

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