Military History Illustrated
WORLD WAR II
Only six decades ago the greatest war ever fought drew to a close – a global conflict that many people still remember because they were part of it. They can vividly recall what they went through and the dramatic events that unfolded across the globe. Their children and grandchildren hear the stories, see the movies and are fascinated by what happened. World War II remains a source of unending fascination for us all.
This book chronicles that epic war in its many locations and in its many forms.
WORLD WAR I
On the 28th June 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in Sarajevo. This provided the trigger for the start of the bloodiest war the world had seen to date. Nicknamed the War to end all Wars, World War 1 saw over 70 million military personnel mobilized. Four years later over nine million of these would be dead, along with approximately seven million non-combatants.
The History of World War I chronicles that Great War in its many locations and in its many forms.
THE HISTORY OF WARFARE
Wars, weapons and military history have never lost their fascination – not merely the drama and action of the events, but also the technology and hardware. Through human history, conflicts between kings and nations have been decided by violence and bloodshed. And as the world’s population has soared, so too has the scale of these wars, culminating in the 20th century with two world wars that between them killed more than 100 million people. This book chronicles the thousands of battles, campaigns and wars of recorded history, from the clashes of the first empires of ancient Mesopotamia to today’s armed conflicts being fought – ironically – in largely the same areas of the Middle East.
MISSIONS OF WORLD WAR II
There were many campaigns and missions conducted by both sides through World War II. Great Campaigns and Missions of World War II takes a look at those that were the most daring or had the greatest effect on the outcome of the war.