The Rise of Germany, 1939-1941: The War in the West, Volume One

The Rise of Germany, 1939-1941: The War in the West, Volume One

by James Holland


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The Second World War is one of the most significant conflicts in history, but for seven decades our understanding of the war has remained mostly fixed, framed by the accounts of participants and an early generation of historians. James Holland, one of the leading young historians of World War II, has spent over a decade conducting new research, interviewing survivors, and exploring archives that have never before been so accessible to unearth forgotten memoirs, letters, and official records. In The Rise of Germany , Holland draws on this research to reconsider the strategy, tactics, and economic, political, and social aspects of the war. The Rise of Germany is a masterful book that redefines our understanding of the opening years of World War II. Beginning with the lead-up to the outbreak of war in 1939 and ending in the middle of 1941 on the eve of Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of Russia, The Rise of Germany is a landmark history of the war on land, in the air, and at sea.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802125668
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 720
Sales rank: 178,298
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

James Holland is a historian, writer, and broadcaster. The author of the bestselling Fortress Malta , Battle of Britain , Dam Busters , and others, he has also written numerous works of historical fiction. Holland regularly appears on television and radio, and has written and presented the BAFTA-shortlisted documentaries Battle of Britain and Dam Busters for the BBC, among others. His writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers including the Sunday Telegraph , for whom he went to Helmand Province in Afghanistan, The Times , Daily Mail , and BBC History Magazine. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and cofounder and program director of the hugely successful Chalke Valley History Festival, Holland has also advised the British Government on history curriculum and has his own collection at the Imperial War Museum.

Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

List of Principal Characters Featured xix

Note on the Text xxv

Introduction 1

Part I War Begins

1 Countdown 8

2 Diplomacy 20

3 Running Out of Time 32

4 The Point of No Return 42

5 War Declared 52

6 All at Sea 64

7 Offensive Reconnaissance 74

8 Vehicle Shortages 88

9 The Modern Army 98

10 Leading the Nation 106

11 Attention to Detail 115

12 Case YELLOW 124

13 Home Front 136

14 Iron in the Soul 152

15 All Alone 166

Part II Germany Triumphant

16 Operation WESERÜBUNG 178

17 The Battle for Norway 189

18 The Go-for-Broke Gamble 200

19 Attack in the West 212

20 Race to the Meuse 226

21 Smashing the Meuse Front 237

22 Encirclement 251

23 Britain's Darkest Hour 263

24 Getting Away 274

25 The End in France 285

26 Air Power: I 297

Part III War in the Air and on the Sea

27 Air Power: II 308

28 Not Alone 314

29 Indecision 326

30 Adler-Angriff 341

31 Crossing the Water 358

32 The Approach to Battle 373

33 Science, Money and Resources 386

34 The Grey Atlantic 398

35 The Humiliation of Mussolini 409

36 Change of Tack 424

Part IV The Widening War

37 The Vanquished and the Defiant 444

38 Saved from the Deep 458

39 Developments at Sea 467

40 Sea Battles 483

41 Mixed Fortunes: I 497

42 Forwards and Backwards 509

43 Gains and Losses 523

44 Mixed Fortunes: II 536

45 Mercury Falling 549

46 Midsummer Heat 565

47 Industrial Potential 572

48 Trouble at the Top 585

Glossary 595

Appendices 598

Timeline 605

Notes 612

Selected Sources 634

Acknowledgements 665

Picture Acknowledgements 667

Index 671

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