As we approach the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II, interest in the greatest military conflict of all time remains stronger than ever. Richard Holmes, one of Britain’s finest military historians assisted by the research staff of the Imperial War Museum takes us on a photographic look back at the confrontation. In year-by-year chapters, from 1939 45, this breathtaking volume covers every theater of operations. Dramatic, hard hitting, and intensely moving, this is a unique visual testament to the millions who lost their lives in the war, and a reminder of both the heroism and horror of global combat.
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Richard Holmes is Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University and the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, and President of the British Commission for Military History. He has written over 20 books, including his trilogy on the British Soldier, Redcoat; Tommy, Sahib, The First World War in Photographs, The D-Day Experience, The Napoleonic Wars Experience, and Marlborough: England’s Fragile Genius. He has also presented seven television documentary series, from Rebels and Redcoats, about the American Revolution, to In the Footsteps of Churchill.From Booklist:
Holmes' poignant book contains 500 photographs, almost all of them black-and-white and most drawn from Britain's Imperial War Museum. A few were taken by prominent photographers, such as Cecil Beaton and Robert Capa, but many of the photographers--some destined to remain unknown, others ordinary officers and men--served with army film and photographic units. There are also captured German and Japanese official photographs. Presentation is by year, from 1939 to 1945. Holmes prefaces each year with an account of its major events and briefly introduces each block of photos within a year. Although most of the pictures are war photos, some reflect the fact that millions of civilians were affected--young children being evacuated from London, a British air raid warden comforting a child rescued from a bombed-out home, German citizens made to view the horrors of the Buchenwald concentration camp, shaven-headed French women accused of sexually consorting with the Germans. World War II enthusiasts will want both books. George Cohen
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Book Description Carlton, 2009. Book Condition: New. Although this photographic history of the war includes iconic shots such as MacArthur wading ashore in the Philippines and the Russian flag being raised over the Reichstag, much of the material is less familiar, and some published for the first time. Painstakingly selected - and avoiding staged pictures - the photographs cover as many theatres of war as possible and, with Richard Holmes's accompanying text and captions, narrate the war, year by year, from its origins to the Japanese surrender in August 1945. Bookseller Inventory # 220030
Book Description Carlton Books, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11184732441X
Book Description Carlton Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 184732441X New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1873951