World War II: The DefinitiveVisual History: From Blitzkrieg to the Atom Bomb edited by Alison Sturgeon (940.54 WORLD)
August 15, 2015 marked the seventieth anniversary of the Japanese surrender and the end of the Second World War. Death toll estimates ranged from 55-70 million, the most destructive conflict ever. The war was global- Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.
One sees the war-the exhausted soldiers (some troops little more than children) , the horror of the concentration camps, the bombed cities and villages (some of which even now remain untouched as a reminder of war’s cost). We get a look at the soldier’s gear- weapons, badges, boots, even government-issued cigarettes. We get a glimpse of the lead-up to war, life on the home front for those left behind, specific battles and the war’s aftermath. Maps, graphs and short profiles of military leaders on both sides give an excellent overview.
For those of us who didn’t live through it, this book serves as a good introduction to the price paid by previous generations to create a different world.