The author has attempted to provide a balanced view of the many different aspects of war that were uniquely combined in WWII, and to tell the human story through the recollections of eyewitnesses. Given the relatively small size of the book and the very large scope provided by WWII, he has succeeded very well. It is a fascinating story that is told well and supported by a good photo plate section.
NAME: Two Fronts, One War, Dramatic Eyewitness Accounts of Major Events in the European and Pacific Theaters of Operations on Land, Sea and Air in WWII CATEGORY: Book Reviews DATE: 260414 FILE: R1965 AUTHOR: Charles W. Sasser PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 212 PRICE: £19.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Europe, Pacific, 1941-1945, WWII, 1939-1945, Second World War, World War Two,Germans, Japanese, Far East, Burma, Normandy, 24 x 7 bombing, submarine warfare, invasion, VE Day, African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans ISBN: 978-1-84832-727-6 IMAGE: B1965.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/o8zxjrz LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The author has attempted to provide a balanced view of the many different aspects of war that were uniquely combined in WWII, and to tell the human story through the recollections of eyewitnesses. Given the relatively small size of the book and the very large scope provided by WWII, he has succeeded very well. It is a fascinating story that is told well and supported by a good photo plate section. As an American perspective it it covers part of WWII. This is perhaps to be expected and in any case the author already faced a major challenge in compressing the period from Pearl Harbour into the available space, and providing a very interesting review of the African-American, Hispanic ad Native American servicemen who usually receive far less than their due share of WWII histories. WWII was a story of two parts. In Europe, even though the Germans undertook a genocide program that shocked the world, the opposing military did conduct themselves and their treatment of prisoners in a professional manner as set out in international agreement. By contrast, the Japanese regarded prisoners as worthless cowards who required no military courtesy. The European Theatre was relatively compact, but the Pacific was a huge area with forces scattered across many islands and the jungle areas of Malaya, Burma and Indo China. Japan had very little hope of achieving any lasting victory or being able to hang on to any of the spoils of war. That was not understood by the Japanese leadership that seriously under estimated the opposition and over estimated its own abilities. In Europe, the situation was very different and had the fascist nations of Russia and Germany not fallen out, an Allied victory was in more doubt, although the great advantage was in having war production facilities in North America beyond the reach of German bombers. The author has conveyed the many aspects of battle in two very different geographic areas and his text is supported by maps in the body of text, and a selection of interesting images in a plate section.