The Second World War Illustrated, The First Year, Archive And Colour Photographs of WW2

Another illustrated war history that this publisher excels at. This book provides a pictorial review of the first year of WWII, supported by concise text – Highly Recommended.

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NAME: The Second World War Illustrated, The First Year, Archive And Colour 
Photographs of WW2
FILE: R2987
AUTHOR: Jack Holroyd
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PRICE: £16.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Second World War, World War II, World War 2, WWII, WW2, 
Occupation of Poland, Invasion of the Low Countries, Battle of France, 
Battle of Norway, Battle of Britain, Italian Axis Membership

ISBN: 1-52674-440-6

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DESCRIPTION: Another illustrated war history that this publisher excels at. This 
book provides a pictorial review of the first year of WWII, supported by concise
 text –    Highly Recommended.

As with sister series from this publisher, an aggressively priced book is filled with 
rare images of war. There is a full colour centre section that sets off the monochrome 
images before and after. There are also maps and all images are supported by 
effective captions and extended captions.

The first year of WWII saw Britain and her Allies suffering a succession of defeats 
by the German forces. However, Britain had survived the Fall of France, rebuilt and 
expanded its Army, kept its naval building plan running and expanding and achieved 
a memorable victory in the air during the Battle of Britain. 

There were also other highlights, starting with the destruction of the German pocket 
battleship Graf Spee after an action when three small British and Commonwealth 
cruisers caught the significantly more powerful German raider and inflicted damage 
to force it into a neutral port and then to its scuttling rather than face the cruisers 
awaiting it off Monte Video. 

Dunkirk was also a win in that the Germans were prevented from defeating the 
British and French troops in the Dunkirk pocket and the successful evacuation of 
most of these troops under the German's noses in an outstanding and courageous 
operation by small warships and hastily gathered small craft, including RNLI 
lifeboats and Broads cruisers. 

The Battle of Britain was not a decisive victory because the Luftwaffe continued to 
exist but it was an enormous triumph against heavy odds in one of the epic battles of 
history. It also made a German attempt to invade Britain impossible.

All of this is beautifully captured in expressive images.