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The Second World War Illustrated (ePub)

The Third Year - Archive and Colour Photographs of WW2

Colour eBooks Military Photographic eBooks WWII

By Jack Holroyd
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: The Second World War Illustrated
File Size: 127.1 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 1000 colour & black and white images
ISBN: 9781526762375
Published: 28th February 2022


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This third volume sees Hitler experiencing problems reminiscent of a previous invader of Russia, Napoleon Bonaparte: extreme winter conditions that first drenched then froze the vast Nazi war machine, immobilizing tanks, guns, support vehicles and grounding the Luftwaffe. Unlike Napoleon, Hitler failed to capture Moscow.

In North Africa, the British were sent reeling back towards Egypt when Rommel launched an attack at the end of January. Much to the amazement of all and the disappointment of Churchill – the Axis troops took Tobruk in a single day. Churchill dismissed the commander and appointed Montgomery, who made a stand at El Alamein.

Great Britain’s stand-alone postion ended abruptly on when Tojo launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Both Hitler and Mussolini declared war on the United States and the war became global. With the attack on Pearl Harbor the Japanese flooded through the South Pacific, the Philippines, Dutch East Indies, Malaya, Burma all fell to the Japanese. Once more Great Britain was humiliated when Singapore surrendered and thousands of Allied troops went into captivity.

An attempt by the Japanese to deliver a knock-out blow to the Americans by an attack on Midway failed catastrophically and the Americans scored a momentous victory in the Pacific.

Air Marshal Sir Arthur Harris became leader of the RAF and the thousand bomber raids and carpet bombing of German cities began.

The third year of the war ended with the disastrous Dieppe Raid, carried out by Canadians, in August 1942.

"The photos are generally good quality and a step up from the typical reproduced photos."

Historical Miniatures Gaming Society, September 2022

"Very highly recommended."

AMPS Indianapolis Review 2022

This release brings together an interesting collection of photographs, which due to covering the full range of war should provide something of interest to everyone. The photographs chosen are all of a good quality and some pictures that stick in my mind are a horse on the Eastern Front that has sunk in mud halfway up it’s torso, a dead British Marine on a raid, and something that if of particular interest to me the Dieppe Raid - which while a failure, provided a lot of information that was put to good use on D-Day. So in short, you are provided with a pictorial history of events that occurred in the third year of World War II.

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This Illustrated book as the title says focuses on the third year of World War Two. The book is 280 pages long and the book is literally packed with photographs of machines, battles, weapons and soldiers. The middle chapter focuses on colour photographs, what you might call the best photos of each chapter, so it contains many pictures in colour of the leading subjects covered in the book. The book is nicely split into separate chapters with each concentrating on a specific event or operation that was being carried out during 1942, so you have the fight for North Africa, the war in the East, Pearl Harbour, Burma, the Bomber Raids over Germany, War in the Pacific and the Commando Raid on St Nazaire etc. There is a good number of quality photographs for each chapter and along with a bit of text for each photo is a bit of text leaving the photographs to really tell the tale in each chapter. Whilst the majority of the phots you probably have seen before especially if you enjoy your military history, but there were a number I hadn’t seen before. The ‘colour’ was good but maybe it’s me but it seems strange to see photos of events you’ve usually seen in B/W, but know you see them in colour. I really enjoy these types of books as they are an easy read, and having read the previous book of the previous year I would say it was an equal and would happily recommend it to others, especially if your a younger learner or new to the subject.

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UK Historian

About Jack Holroyd

The author has been employed in printing and publishing for fifty years. His works include five fictional titles, two books on aviation topics, five further titles on the First World War and one covering the actions of the SS Totenkopf Division in the invasion of France in May 1940.

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