World War II: People, Politics, and Power (America at War)

World War II: People, Politics, and Power (America at War)

William L. Hosch

Language: English

Pages: 261


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

World War II was a horrific deviation from our long relationship with war; new technologies and ideas were employed that resulted in widespread death and unimaginable atrocities—never before known to man. This book is a valuable resource that follows the war from the rise of Hitler to the dropping of the atomic bombs, through blitzkrieg and bombings, to the treaty that finally ended it all, noting the effects upon future world politics.

Series Review: America at War
"This series tells the full story of the major military conflicts of the United States like few other sets have done, while being written in a way that almost anyone could understand. Numerous illustrations and pictures aid in explaining what happened. The brief biographical sketches of nearly every major person of world importance at the time are objective and filled with detail. Many news items, speeches, and military engagements are explained in blocked text, giving the reader a better understanding of terms and events...This set provides good value for the money."
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"This five-volume set provides useful information for students who are preparing a research project or are simply interested in the battles, political and military figures, and background information presented. Each volume is well organized, with a liberal sprinkling of photographs, short biographical sketches, and primary source documents...this well-prepared series will be of value to readers for both classroom assignments and personal interest."
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Hitler, particularly with regard to Yugoslavia, the sudden news of the mission annoyed him. On Oct. 28, 1940, therefore, having given Hitler only the barest hints of his project, Mussolini launched seven Italian divisions (155,000 men) from Albania into a separate war of his own against Greece. The result was exasperating for Hitler. His ally’s forces were not only halted by the Greeks, a few miles over the border, on Nov. 8, 1940, but were also driven back by General Alexandros Papagos’s Axis

110 | World War II: People, Politics, and Power General Nikolay Fyodorovich Vatutin, the other under General Filipp Ivanovich Golikov, had crossed the Don upstream from Serafimovich and were thrusting southwestward to the Donets between Kamensk and Kharkov. Vatutin’s forces, having crossed the Donets at Izyum, took Lozovaya Junction on February 11, Golikov’s took Kharkov five days later. Farther to the north, a third Soviet army, under General Ivan Danilovich Chernyakhovsky, had initiated a

targets, usually ships, during World War II were known as kamikazes. The term also denotes the aircraft used in such attacks. The practice was most prevalent from the Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 1944, to the end of the war. The word kamikaze means “divine wind,” a reference to a typhoon that fortuitously dispersed a Mongol invasion fleet threatening Japan from the west in 1281. Most kamikaze planes were ordinary fighters or light bombers, usually loaded with bombs and extra gasoline tanks

played a more important role in production than in any previous war, making gains in rocketry, radar and sonar, and other areas. Among the new inventions was the proximity fuse, which contained a tiny radio that detonated an artillery shell in the vicinity of its target, making a direct hit unnecessary. Of greatest importance was the atomic bomb, developed by scientists in secrecy and first tested on July 6, 1945. Financing the War The total cost of the war to the federal government between 1941

Germans were forced unwillingly to extricate him from its consequences. The 1941 campaign to support the German invasion of the Soviet Union also failed disastrously and condemned thousands of ill-equipped Italian troops to a nightmarish winter retreat. Hitler had to come to his ally’s help once again in North Africa. After the Italian surrender in North Africa in 1943, the Germans began to take precautions against a likely Italian collapse. When the Western Allies successfully invaded Sicily in

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