Magazine article History Today

The Second World War.(recent publications)(Brief Article)(Bibliography)

Magazine article History Today

The Second World War.(recent publications)(Brief Article)(Bibliography)

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Though not specifically a work on the war itself, Hitler's Children by Guido Knopp (Sutton, 18.99 [pounds sterling]) nevertheless charts the rise and nature of Nazi youth movements and their role in the. Third Reich.

The Unwritten Order: Hitler's Role in the Final Solution by Peter Longerich (Tempus, 17.99 [pounds sterling]) evaluates the part played by the Nazi leader in the genocide of the Jews.

Flight From Reality: Rudolf Hess and His Mission to Scotland 1941 edited by David Stafford (Pimlico, 12.50 [pounds sterling]) collates the various evidence and conspiracy theories surrounding the arrival in wartime Britain of the Fuhrer's deputy.

War at Sea: 1914-45 by Bernard Ireland (Cassell, 25 [pounds sterling]) examines the changes between and during the two World Wars of naval power, primarily the shifting balance from battleships to submarines and air supremacy.

Switching theatres of war, Churchill described the importance of the battle of El Alamein in October 1942: `After Alamein we never had a defeat.' Two new books that put this landmark battle into context are Alamein by Jon Latimer (John Murray, 25 [pounds sterling]) and Alamein by Stephen Bungay (Aurum, 14.99 [pounds sterling]), both are narratives exploring the experiences and strategy of the desert war.

In contrast, one of the British Army's most humbling reverses is given a new exposition in Singapore, 1942 by Alan Warren (Hambledon 19.95 [pounds sterling]). The knock-on imperial, military and political effects are thoroughly documented. …

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