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The Second World War Illustrated (Paperback)

The First Year

WWII Battle of Britain Photographic Books Colour Books Hitler & the Third Reich WWII Photographic Books Churchill Royal Air Force Dunkirk Military

By Jack Holroyd
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 279
ISBN: 9781526744401
Published: 17th July 2019


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The first volume covers contributory factors leading up to the outbreak of hostilities. Hitler's amazing success in correcting the real and perceived insults to the German nation resulting from the Great War and the Treaty of Versailles is acknowledged. There followed a military operation – Blitzkrieg – which rocked the world as two super powers, France and Great Britain, were soundly thrashed on the battlefield of Europe by Nazi Germany. With the skin of their teeth the British Expeditionary Force fled across the Channel from Dunkirk, leaving most of their equipment behind. The invasion of Kent in the south of England by a triumphant enemy equipped with a cruel and oppressive regime replete with Gestapo, concentration camps and policies of racial and political persecution presented a spine-tingling threat to the British people. With Winston Churchill at the helm disparaging peace treaties with the Nazi regime, the fight back began. A few thousand fighter pilots of the RAF defeated the Luftwaffe by a very narrow margin and Hitler looked to the east for his further bullying of national groups. The first year of the war ended, in September 1940, with Mussolini threatening Egypt and the Suez Canal.

The Acclaimed author Jack Holroyd now turns his attention to the Illustrated Second World War, with amazing photographs and a special section of coloured photographs in the centre of the book.

Books Monthly

The choice of the photos is essentially brought to the originality and to the narration, going even to find small events (like the "honors of war" granted to the French defenders of Lille by the soldiers of the Wehrmacht) that however make the book a must for the enthusiasts. This is not the usual World War II photo book, this could become the definitive collection of World War II photos!

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The images of the troops at Dunkirk are a pleasing addition and provide the viewer with an idea of what happened and what was achieved in that event. As said previously I was very pleased and rightfully so to see what the Japanese were up to at this time. I am hoping that this is the first of a series covering World War 2 and if my opinion of this book is an indicator any future offerings will be a must have.

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About Jack Holroyd

Jack Holroyd has had a lifelong interest in military history and has given valuable input into many Pen & Sword publications. He has authored two other works of non-fiction (SS Totenkopf France 1940 and American Expeditionary Force: France 1917–1918 ) and also one work of fiction (Lost Legend of the Thryberg Hawk), all of which are published by Pen & Sword. When Jack isn’t researching military topics he spends his time cooking, reading poetry and gardening.

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