All Hell Let Loose : The World at War 1939-1945
by Sir Max Hastings
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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A masterful history of the greatest and most terrible event in the history of one of the best historians of the Second World WarA book that shows the impact of war on hundreds of millions of people around the world – soldiers, sailors and airmen; housewives, farm workers and children.Reflecting Max Hastings’ thirty-five years of research on the Second World War, Tout l’ Enfer is raging describes the course of events, but focuses primarily on the human experience, which were very varied campaign campaigning, from continent to continent.The author insists on the Russian front, where more than 90% of all German soldiers who perished were satisfied with their fate.He argues that while Hitler’s army often fought his battles brilliantly, the Nazis led their war effort with astonishing incompetence’.He suggests that the Royal Navy and the U. S. Navy were their country’s outstanding fighting services, while the industrialists of the U. S. contribution was much more important to the victory of the allies than that of the U. S. Army.The book is told through a large canvas, from the agony of Poland in mid-September 1939 Nazi invasion, to the famine in Bengal in 1943, in which at least a million people died under British and British domination of neglect.Amongst many vignettes, there is RAF, the legendary raid on the dams of the Ruhr, the horrors of the Arctic convoy, the tanks fighting desert, the jungle of clashes, and so on.Some of the Hastings, ideas and judgements to surprise the students of the conflict, while there are vivid descriptions of the tragedies and triumphs of a crowd of ordinary people, both in uniform and outside.The boss is profoundly true,”he says.”The world between 1939 and 1945 saw some human beings probing the depths of baseness, while others scaled the heights of courage and nobility”.It’s “Mr. Everybody in the Story”, an attempt to answer the question:”What was World War II?and also a preview of the large imageMax Hastings uses the technique that has made many of his previous best-selling books, the combination of high-
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