Murray, Allan R. Millett
Belknap Press | 2000 | ISBN: 067400163X | 674 pages | PDF | 6 Mb
The authors present incisive portraits of the military leaders, on
both sides of the struggle, demonstrating the ambiguities they faced,
the opportunities they took, and those they missed. Throughout, we see
the relationship between the actual operations of the war and their
political and moral implications.
In the course of the twentieth century, no war looms as profoundly
transformative or as destructive as World War II. Its global scope and
human toll reveal the true face of modern, industrialized warfare.
Now, for the first time, we have a comprehensive, single-volume
account of how and why this global conflict evolved as it did. A War
To Be Won is a unique and powerful operational history of the Second
World War which tells the full story of battle on land, on sea, and in
the air. Williamson Murray and Allan R. Millett analyze the operations
and tactics that defined the conduct of the war in both the European
and Pacific Theaters. Moving between the war room and the battlefield,
we see how strategies were crafted and revised, and how the multitudes
of combat troops struggled to discharge their orders.
A War To Be Won is the culmination of decades of research by two of
America's premier military historians. It avoids a celebratory view of
the war but preserves a profound respect for the problems the Allies
faced and overcame as well as a realistic assessment of the Axis
accomplishments and failures. It is the essential military history of
World War II--from the Sino-Japanese War in 1937 to the surrender of
Japan in 1945--for students, scholars, and general readers alike.