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"Provides considerable food for thought.'
- StrategyPage.Com review:

"The defining events of the Second World War exemplify both the immense heroism and the grievous costs of global conflict. They are the tense, thrilling moments that had the potential to swing the War in favour of either side and in turn change the course of history. In this gripping new look at the 20th century's most crucial conflict, historian P M H Bell analyzes twelve uniue turning points that determined the character and the ultimate outcome of the war. Be they military campaigns, economic actions, or diplomatic summits, Bell's turning points span the full breadth of the war, from the home front to the front line. Many are familiar—Barbarossa and Hiroshima among them—while sections on war production, the Atlantic convoy system, and the conferences at Tehran and Yalta emphasize the importance of the combatants' actions off the battlefield. Bell reveals how the Allied and Axis powers achieved their greatest successes and stumbled into their strategic failures. Ultimately, his close study of these dozen turning points reminds us, often terrifyingly, how easily things might have turned out differently."

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Professor Bell's critical turning points on the War are:

* the Fall of France

* the Battle of Britain and the German invasion threat

* the invasion of Russia

* Pearl Harbor

* Midway

* Stalingrad

* the Atlantic Battle

* the war in the factories

* the Tehran Conference

* D-Day and the Normandy Campaign

* the Yalta Conference


* the atom bomb.

Hardback 2011.

264 pages.

Photographs and other illustrations throughout.

Near new condition.

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