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- Print Length: 821 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (November 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2011
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004SOQ198
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disastrous event in the human history. Did you know, for example, that 27000 people perished daily between September 1939 and August 1945?
This book is mainly about the human experience, in what is called the bottom-up approach to history. Although the military theaters are not neglected at all, they appear here and are described through the lens of the common people or the soldiers who took part in the various scenes of this conflict. The main question posed by Mr. Hastings is: what was the Second World War all about? The answer is grim and, in the words of Arthur Schlesinger, it "concerned mainly stupidity, lies, arrogance and pomposity". Take into consideration the fact that 168000 Russian
Civilians were executed during the war because of cowardice or desertion. Many more thousands suffered the same fate without due process.
Hunger was rampant in many parts of the world, especially throughout the British Empire, where one million were to die in Bengal, and many other famines would break out in Kenya or Egypt. Cannibalism cases which happened in Russia are as well described and it is the author's conclusion that the German army lost because its aims were unrealistic and its forces overstretched. One Russian soldier, Stepan Kuznetsov, wrote that in during the Leningrad siege," all out soldiers on the front look like ghouls-emaciated by hunger and cold. They are in rags, filthy and very, very hungry".
The Wermacht's combat performance remained superior to that of the Red Army until the end of the war, in almost every local action the Germans inflicted more casualties than they received.Read more ›
a. Every day from 1939-45 over 27,000 men, women and children died as a result of the war.
b. Over 60 million persons lost their lives during the war due to battle, starvation, executions and disease.
c.90% of the over 7 million German soldiers who died in the war did so in the fight against Stalin's Soviet Union empire.
d. Japan and Germany were cruel dictatorships which treated their own people as cruelly as they did their enemies.
The chief mistakes made by Hitler leading to his downfall were:
a. The foolish attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941.
b. The failed plan to defeat England in a cross channel invasion which never transpired.
c.The declaration of war against the United States. America had unlimited wealth and might to produce the weapons of war which led to victory over the Axis powers
d. The holocaust killed over 6 million Jews and in addition 3 million Russians were murdered by the Nazi war machine. The slaves of the Nazis could have been better utiilized as workers for the Reich rather than being killed in senseless slaughter.Read more ›
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Great read from a different perspective. From a more personnal level as against the usual Germany did this England did that.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Page turner, believe it or not. Unbiased history (the US did not win the war, but was indispensable to those who did). Read morePublished 26 days ago by AnotherJim
Eclectically written, this book swings between a very wide range of personal stories on the one hand and strategic assessments on the other, with a fully detailed conventional... Read morePublished 1 month ago by George D. Kenney
Max Hastings does an incredible job of showing WWII from the very start to the end through the perspective of those who suffered through the war. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Greg
An excellent history of WWII that includes more material on the suffering of soldiers and civilians than the usual military history.Published 3 months ago by Terence M. Hines