Historical Dictionary of World War II: The War against Germany and Italy

Historical Dictionary of World War II: The War against Germany and Italy

by Anne Sharp Wells


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This dictionary covers the complex and costly conflict that began when Germany, ruled by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, invaded neighboring Poland on 1 September 1939; and concluded when Germany surrendered on 7-9 May 1945, leaving much of the European continent in ruins and its population devastated. The war against Germany, Italy, and the other European Axis members was fought primarily in Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, East and North Africa, and the Atlantic Ocean. The Axis powers were defeated by the Allies, led by the "Grand Alliance" of Great Britain, the United States, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

The Historical Dictionary of World War II: The War against Germany and Italy relates the history of this war through a chronology, an introductory essay, maps and photos, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 300 cross-referenced entries on the countries and geographical areas involved in the war, as well as the nations remaining neutral; wartime alliances and conferences; significant civilian and military leaders; and major ground, naval, and air operations. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about World War II.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810854574
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/15/2014
Series: Historical Dictionaries of War, Revolution, and Civil Unrest Series
Pages: 566
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Anne Sharp Wells is the assistant editor of The Journal of Military History and the assistant editor of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall (vols. 6–7) for the George C. Marshall Foundation. Her previous World War II publications include Historical Dictionary of World War II: The War Against Japan and the coauthored works From Pearl Harbor to VJ Day: The American Armed Forces in World War II and A Time for Giants: Politics of the American High Command in World War II.

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