By James L. Stokesbury
Regardless of the varied books on international conflict II, in the past there was no one-volume survey that was once either goal and complete. prior volumes have frequently been written from an solely British or American perspective, or have neglected the $64000 motives and outcomes of the battle.
A brief heritage of global warfare II is basically an army historical past, however it reaches from the peace settlements of worldwide struggle I to the enormously altered postwar global of the past due 1940's. Lucidly written and eminently readable, it really is actual and actual sufficient to meet specialist historians. A brief background of global conflict II will charm both to the overall reader, the veteran who fought within the battle, and the coed attracted to figuring out the modern political international.
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It is difficult to judge Schörner's military skills, as most of his higher commands were faced with almost impossible situations. Despite his implacable insistence on soldiers remaining at the front, however, he himself abandoned his command in the last days of the war and fled to Austria, where he was arrested by the Americans. They promptly handed him over to the Russians; he remained a Soviet prisoner until 1955, often treated harshly in captivity, and was then prosecuted and imprisoned in West Germany for ordering the execution of a soldier who had fallen asleep.
By 4 July, the army group had effectively ceased to exist, a 400km gap in the German front had been ripped open, and 350,000 German soldiers, from generals to privates, were dead, captured or missing. The magnitude of this defeat dwarfed even the losses at Stalingrad, as the Soviet tank armies immediately went on to exploit their success, opposed only by whatever scratch forces and transferred units the Germans could throw into the immense hole in their lines. By late July, the Red Army had advanced from Vitebsk to the Vistula and stood in the suburbs of Warsaw.
At the same time, the Soviet Air Force's strength was growing steadily, and whilst its fighters and ground-attack aircraft - and their crews - didn't reach the high standards of their counterparts in the RAF and USAAF, they played an increasing part in the battles in the east. As manpower shortages began to bite, Hitler ordered the Luftwaffe to make men available to the army as replacements. Rather than lose personnel and prestige, Hermann Goring, head of the Luftwaffe, created a series of Luftwaffe field divisions.
A Short History of World War II by James L. Stokesbury