How World War Two Was Won And Lost William Roger Townshend

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How World War Two Was Won And Lost by William Roger Townshend
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How World War Two was Won and Lost is non-fiction military history and strategy. The course and outcome of World War Two was above all decided by military conflicts, including naval and air as well as ground warfare and combinations thereof. However,MoreHow World War Two was Won and Lost is non-fiction military history and strategy. The course and outcome of World War Two was above all decided by military conflicts, including naval and air as well as ground warfare and combinations thereof.

However, not all campaigns were of equal importance to the war overall. Which then, were the most decisive campaigns and battles of World War Two? How close were they? How and why were they won and lost, and why were they decisive? Answering these questions distinguishes How World War Two was Won and Lost from purely narrative works about selected battles.Was the ‘Maginot mentality’ to blame for the French defeat in 1940? Was the Battle of Britain a miraculous victory against incredible odds, or were deeper factors at work? How important were the Mediterranean campaigns?

Was Hitler mad to invade Russia, presumably standing little chance of success? Exactly how big a blow was Pearl Harbour to the US? Can you name the largest naval battle of history? What about the greatest aircraft carrier battle? How decisive were they to the defeat of Japan? Could the D-Day landings have failed? How World War Two was Won and Lost answers all these and more, while dealing with many misconceptions along the way.There is a proper global balance. Decisive campaigns in all three of the massive sub-wars of World War Two are examined: the war in the West- the Russo-German War- and the Pacific War.

An intellectually pure approach would give an even greater weighting to the Russian front and this is acknowledged in the relevant text. We have modified this for the benefit of Anglo-American readers who tend to reflect their individual national perspectives, with an emphasis on campaigns involving their own forces. The following campaigns are analysed.France 1940The Battle of BritainNorth Africa 1940-1943BarbarossaPearl HarbourStalingrad-CaucasusCoral Sea and MidwayThe Battle of the AtlanticKurskOverlord-France 1944Philippine Sea and Leyte GulfEach chapter deals with a single decisive campaign.

The aims are threefold: a narrative of events- determining how and why each campaign was won and lost- and analysing the consequences of each. The campaigns don’t just stand alone, but are properly integrated into the wider context of WW2 as a whole.The centrepiece of each is an analytical narrative of the circumstances, balance of forces, strategic plans, command decisions, and course of the campaign. Operational strategy is a central theme. Large and complex campaigns are explained by dividing them into manageable phases based on timescale, geography and the turn of events.An innovative aim is to give substantial attention to the consequences of the outcomes of each campaign for the wider war.

This is central in determining which campaigns and strategies were ‘decisive’ in the major changes of course, and ultimately the outcome of World War Two.The conclusion combines all the campaigns within the context of the major changes in the course of the war as a whole. Finally there are integrated explanations within the campaign discussions, and again in the conclusion, for why other campaigns are excluded from the ‘decisive’ list.Size 108,000 words, 6 tables. Dr. W.R. Townshend (Lancaster UK) 2013.Also by Dr. W.R. TownshendAxis Power: Could Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan Have Won World War Two?Available on Amazon.com: Kindle and print versions.In preparation: How World War One was Won and Lost



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