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Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Max Hastings

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Title:Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945
Authors:Max Hastings
Info:Knopf (2011), Edition: Reprint, Hardcover, 729 pages
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All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945 by Max Hastings (2011)

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    A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II by Gerhard L. Weinberg (stellarexplorer)
    stellarexplorer: A global perspective, big picture as opposed to in-the-trenches, if you'll pardon the anachronistic metaphor. Masterful.
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This was fantastic. A really accessible history of the major events of WWII ( )
  mmacd3814 | May 30, 2016 |
An outstanding and suitably reflective history of WW2 which reads interestingly and well. Myths:, Monty's battle success, strategic bombing won the war, the prowess of citizen soldiers, great generals, are presented and mostly debunked by careful analysis. There were few great general officer battle leaders and most were German or Russian. The Wehrmacht produced the best trained and effective soldiers and were supported by many outstanding weapons including the Panther tank, the Panzerfaust, the 88 flak and antitank gun and the mg 42 machine gun. Allied special forces, paratroopers, marines and rangers, were our best equivalent but frequently wasted in futile gambits like Arnhem. and Peleliu. Enough citizens, many teenagers or in their early 20s, did become proficient as soldiers as did tactical prowess evolve at the unit leader level. Bravery was everywhere present and carried the day as competency developed. Generals were still making gross mistakes, Peliliu, Hurtgen and the Battle of the Bulge as prime examples, till the end but many of these young men stepped up and won the battles

Pacific success, supported by radar, sonar and Ultra, after a slow start when Annapolis bonds rather than competence prevailed was achieved tactically and strategically with some notable failures. MacArthur's posturing caused many casualties civilian as well as military to support his "I Shall Return" declaration. Submarines, marines, Essex Class carriers Dauntless Dive Bombers, and Hellcats were key elements in our Pacific campaigns. Most battles were decided by attrition rather than maneuver. Most of the maneuvering, New Guinea and Leyte for example, was done by MacArthur and became horrific successes.

The Allies had several great leaders, Marshall, Alan Brooke, Eisenhower, King and Nimitz were foremost among the military.. Churchill was brilliant as a war leader and almost as erratic as Hitler while Roosevelt was the steady anchor that kept Winston from resuscitating the British Empire.

Mass and manufacturing capacity were the Allies prime assets. Russia,by the millions in the West and the US in the East provided the men and the US truly became the arsenal for the world. ( )
  jamespurcell | Mar 30, 2016 |
Good review of entire war. Hastings points out the blunders by Hitler and Japanese leaders. But he does not hesitate to say Germany had the best generals and armies in the war. He notes how despite this the Russians were able to defeat the Germans because they were willing to suffer 25% casualties which would never have been accepted by Western forces. He notes Churchill was only helpful in 1940 in rallying the Brits. ( )
  jerry-book | Jan 26, 2016 |
This book had some interesting details, but on the whole it read more like a textbook and grew tedious in many parts. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
This book had some interesting details, but on the whole it read more like a textbook and grew tedious in many parts. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
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..something compellingly different—"Inferno," a panoramic social history that not only recounts the military action with admirable thoroughness, crispness and energy but also tells the story of the people who suffered in the war, combatants and civilians alike. A vivid and opinionated book, distinguished by poignant and illuminating letters, diary entries and personal experiences of combatants and civilians on both sides.
 

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Carlsen, Arne-CarstenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carlsen, CarstenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carlsen, JorunnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cosham, RalphNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II, and its deeply personal consequences. Hastings simultaneously traces the major developments and puts them into real human context. He also explores some of the darker and less explored regions of the war's penumbra, including the conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland; and the Bengal famine in 1943 and 1944.… (more)

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