Read The War in the West: A New History Volume 2, . the Allies Fight Back 1941-43 Online Free - In the second volume of his acclaimed new history of the Second World War, James Holland examines the momentous turning points of 1941–1943: Hitler’s invasion of Russia; America’s entry into the conflict; the devastating Thousand Bomber Raids over Germany; the long struggle in the deserts of North Africa; and the defeat of the U-boats in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic.
As in his first volume, Germany Ascendant, he interweaves his account of the well-known events of the period with the personal stories of individuals caught up in them - on all sides. Through interviews, letters, diaries and reports, he allows us to see the war not just from the perspective of politicians, military commanders and strategists, but also through the eyes of civilians bombed out of their homes, resistance members stranded in the frozen Norwegian winter, sailors risking their lives in the Atlantic convoys, German aces striving for supremacy in the air, and ordinary soldiers battling for survival in the scorching sands of Libya.
He also looks behind the scenes at the all-important ‘machinery’ of war: the manufacturing, farming and vital supply lines that underpinned the entire conflict and ultimately determined its course. From the battle fronts on land, sea and air, to the streets, fields and factories of Britain, America and Germany, he paints a dramatic and compelling portrait of these pivotal years when the tide began to turn.
Combining his own research with only recently accessible archive material, Holland looks afresh at this cataclysmic conflict, reassessing long-held views and challenging conventional assumptions. The result is ground-breaking history that redefines the war in the West and makes us think again about the events that shaped our modern world.
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April 07, 2017
James Holland's second revisionist volume of the War in the West 1939-45.
James Holland again has avoided repetition of previous accounts of this period and delivered a fascinating and thought provoking book that covers not just the political, but also the economic and social aspects.
I did find th...
October 09, 2017
The second volume of James Holland's three-volume history of the "the war in the West" begins where the first one, The Rise of Germany leaves off, with Germany launching Operation Barbarossa, their massive invasion of the Soviet Union. It's a fitting starting point, as it means an adjustment to H...
January 08, 2018
This is an excellent book. I seem to be a World War II history buff, as I have read a lot of books about World War II. One of my favorites was the first volume in this series by the author, The Rise of Germany, and so, when this. took became available int he States, I just had to have it. I order...
June 24, 2017
The first volume of this history was extraordinarily good and made me look at WWII in ways I had never considered.
While only a keen amateur, I would certainly consider it one of the leading revisionist works in the field.
The second was also good, but failed to reach the heights of the first, if o...
November 21, 2017
Another great volume, convincingly arguing that Germany was more or less on the downward slope by 1941/2, and giving much attention to the Atlantic U-Boat raids and the theatre in North Africa, both of which tend to be neglected against the more pivotal campaign in the USSR. It doesn't change or...
June 11, 2017
FOUR AND-A-HALF STARS. As in the first part, James Holland has written a fascinating account of the The War in The West, not only facts and figures but personal recollections and the importance of manufacture and supply of weapons and armaments.
A recommended read, can't wait for the third and fin...
November 20, 2017
Excellent as good as volume 1 and that s saying a lot
Interweaving personal accounts with lucid analyses of he action he creates a vibrant living experience for the reader unlike any other account i have read.
Also focuses on the operational aspects to an unusual and enlightening degree
July 28, 2017
Fascinating read told from the perspectives that matter the most.
June 13, 2017
An excellent second volume, this time covering the Anglo-American war against the European Axis from Barbarossa to the fall of Tunisia.
June 12, 2017
Book received from Edelweiss.
I liked reading this history book, it's not an era that I know much about due to it being too "new" for me. I learned quite a bit about this time in the Second World War, many things that weren't taught in public school history classes. I want to read the other books...