Germany and the Second World War: Volume II: Germany's Initial Conquests in Europe by Klaus A. MaierGermany and the Second World War: Volume II: Germany's Initial Conquests in Europe by Klaus A. Maier

Germany and the Second World War: Volume II: Germany's Initial Conquests in Europe

EditorKlaus A. Maier, Horst Rohde, Bernd Stegemann

Paperback | June 10, 2015

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This is the second in the comprehensive ten-volume Germany and the Second World War. The volumes so far published have achieved international acclaim as a major contribution to historical study. Under the auspices of the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt (Research Institute for MilitaryHistory), a team of renowned historians has combined a full synthesis of existing material with the latest research to produce what will be the definitive history of the Second World War.Germany's Initial Conquests in Europe surveys the first year of the war deliberately begun by Nazi Germany. The authors examine the train of interconnected political and military events, and set military operations against the background of Hitler's war policy and general aims, both immediate andlong term. Their comprehensive analysis, based on detailed scholarly research, is underpinned by a full apparatus of maps, diagrams, and tables. The conflict took a course quite different from that which Hitler had intended, but nevertheless resulted in a series of conquests for the Third Reich. Atthe same time, the establishment of hegemony on the European continent confronted the aggressor with new problems.Intensively researched and documented, Germany and the Second World War is an undertaking of unparalleled scope and authority. It will prove indispensable to all historians of the twentieth century.
Project co-ordinated by the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt. Translated from the German by Dean S. McMurray, and Ewald Osers. Translation Editor: P. S. Falla.
Title:Germany and the Second World War: Volume II: Germany's Initial Conquests in EuropeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:June 10, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019873834X

ISBN - 13:9780198738343

Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Politics and warfare in the First Phase of the German OffensiveBernd Stegemann: Part II: Action Plans and Situation Assessments of the Luftwaffe and Navy before the Outbreak of War1. Klaus A. Maier: Total War and Operational Air Warfare2. Bernd Stegemann: Germany's Second Attempt to Become a Naval PowerPart III: Hitler's First Blitzkrieg and its Consequences for North-eastern EuropeHorst Rohde: 1. Germany and Poland in the Prelude to the Second World War2. Military Preparations for a German-Polish War3. The Course of the Polish Campaign from 1 September to 6 October 19394. Consequences of the Military Events in the Autumn of 19395. Development of the Situation in North-Eastern Europe: Effects of the Hilter-Stalin PactPart IV: The First Phase of the War at Sea up to the Spring of 1940Bernd Stegemann: 1. The War in the Baltic2. The War in the North Sea and the Arctic in 19393. The Use of the Pocket Battleships against Enemy Shipping4. The War in the North Sea and the Arctic in 19405. Preparations for the Campaign in the West6. The Mine War7. The Submarine WarPart V: Securing the Northern Flank of Europe1. Klaus A. Maier: German Strategy2. Klaus A. Maier: Allied Strategy3. Bernd Stegemann: Operation Weserubung4. Bernd Stegemann: Securing Germany's Political and Military Hold on the Occupied TerritoryPart VI: The Battle for Hegemony in Western EuropeHans Umbreit: 1. Strategic Defence in the West2. Hitler's Decision to Attack the Western Powers3. Deployment and Strategy of the Western Powers until 10 May 19404. Policies and Defence Efforts of the Neutral Countries: Belgium, Holland, and Luxemburg5. German Victory in Western EuropePart VII: The Operational Air War until the Battle of BritainKlaus A. Maier: Part VIII: The Second Phase of the war at sea (until the Spring of 1941)Bernd Stegemann: 1. The Submarine War2. Co-Operation with the Luftwaffe3. Armed Merchant Raiders in the War Against Shipping4. The Use of Large Surface Ships5. The Organization of the German Navy in the WestPart IX: Direct Strategy Against Britain1. Hans Umbreit: Churchill's Determination to Continue the War2. Hans Umbreit: Plans and Preparations for a Landing in England3. Klaus A. Maier: The Battle of Britain4. Hans Umbreit: The Return to an Indirect Strategy Against BritainConclusionBibliography

Editorial Reviews

"worth waiting for ... its contributors ... do a truly commendable job of analysing the receptivity of Germans to the martial spirit ... Handsomely produced and smoothly translated ... the first two installments of Germany and the Second World War can be warmly recommended to the broadreadership they deserve." --Marilyn Shevin Coetzee, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, History, Summer 1992 08/06/1993