Germany and the Second World War: Volume VI: The Global War

Paperback | July 2, 2015

byHorst Boog, Werner Rahn, Reinhard Stumpf

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Volume VI of the Germany and the Second World War series deals with the extension of a European war into a global one in the period from 1941 to 1943. It focuses on the politics, strategy, and operations of the belligerent powers as Germany lost the initiative to the Allies, and it represents,both in content and in composition, the climax and turning points of the war.An account is given of the development of the war at sea in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean until the spring of 1943, of the changeable course of events in the North African theatre of war until the establishment of the bridgehead in Tunisia, and finally of Hitler's "second campaign" against theSoviet Union until the stabilization of the front following the catastrophe at Stalingrad. Moreover, the United States' transition to open belligerence, after Pearl Harbor, calls for an account of the political developments leading up to that point on the Japanese and the American sides. The openingof new theatres of operations in the Pacific and over Germany, owing to the intensified strategic aerial warfare of the Allies, along with the organization of the Reich's air defences are also treated.

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Volume VI of the Germany and the Second World War series deals with the extension of a European war into a global one in the period from 1941 to 1943. It focuses on the politics, strategy, and operations of the belligerent powers as Germany lost the initiative to the Allies, and it represents,both in content and in composition, the cli...

Project co-ordinated by the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt (Research Institute for Military History), Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Translated from the German by Derry Cook-Radmore, John Brownjohn, Patricia Crampton, and Louise Willmot.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1408 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:July 2, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPART I: POLICY AND STRATEGY 1941-1943: FROM CONTINENTALATLANTIC TO GLOBAL WAR1. The anti-Hitler coalition2. The coalition of the Tripartite Pact statesPART II: THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC1. Potential sources of conflict2. Japan's road to war3. Pearl Harbor and the expansion of the Japanese sphere of control4. The Pacific naval air battles in 1942 and their repercussions5. Guadalcanal: The inception of the American counter-offensive in 1942Part III: The War in the Pacific 1943-19451. The Atlantic in German and Allied strategy2. Allied sea transport capacity as a strategic problem of the German war effort3. The conduct of the war in the Atlantic and the coastal area4. Operations on the northern flank of EuropePART IV: THE ANGLO-AMERICAN STRATEGIC AIR WAR OVER EUROPE, AND GERMAN AIR DEFENCE1. Doctrine and preparation of the strategic bombing war in Great Britain and the United States of America up to the beginning of the war2. Air defence in the German air war doctrine and the build-up of the German air defences in peacetime3. The beginnings of the strategic bombing war by the RAF, the German air defence, and American preparations for air war up to the end of 19414. Allied strategic bombing and German air defence in 19425. The situation of the Luftwaffe from 1942 to the beginning of 1943PART V: THE WAR IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AREA 1942-1943: OPERATIONS IN NORTH AFRICA AND THE CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN1. The opening of the second German-Italian offensive in North Africa, and the Battle of Malta2. The advance to El-Alamein (Operation Theseus)3. El Alamein4. The allied landing in North-West Africa and the German-Italian Panzer Armies' retreat to Tunisia5. The German occupation of Vichy France and the seizure of Toulon (Operations Anton and Lila, 11-27 November 1942)6. The war at sea and the supply situation, 1942-1943PART VI: THE WAR AGAINST THE SOVIET UNION, 1942-19431. Hitler's 'Second Campaign': military concept and strategic foundations2. The mobilization of Germany's allies3. The Spring battles of 19424. The beginning of the summer offensive5. The offensive into the Caucasus6. Stalingrad7. The annihilation of the Sixth Army8. The winter battles of 19439. The historical topos of the second campaign against the Soviet UnionConclusionBibliographyIndex of Persons

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"A meticulous, scholarly perspective on the conflict from Germany's side" --Max Hastings, Evening Standard