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In the second book in this masterful new history of World War II in the West, James Holland tackles the Nazi invasion of Soviet Russia, the formal entry of America into the war, and victory in North Africa
Allies Strike Back, The, 1941-1943
The War in the West, Volume Two
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-8021-2560-6 • $30.00 • Forthcoming in Cloth • May 2017
James Holland’s The Rise of Germany: 19391941, the first volume in his War in the West trilogy, was published last fall to strong sales and uniformly positive reviews, with readers praising Holland’s impeccable research and narrative skills. With a wealth of characters from across the western theater of World War II, Holland told a captivating story, at the same time that he called on new research to challenge our assumptions and reframe our understanding of this momentous conflict.
As The Rise of Germany ended, the Nazi war machine looked, on the surface, to be unstoppable. Germany had taken Poland and France with shocking speed. The Luftwaffe had dramatically bombed London, and U-boats harried crucial shipping on the Atlantic. But Germany hadn’t actually won either the Battle of Britain or the Battle of the Atlantic, and it was not producing airplanes or submarines fast enough. And what looked like victory in Greece and Crete had expended crucial resources that would be vital in Operation Barbarossa, the upcoming invasion of the Soviet Union that could determine the fate of the Reich.
In The Fall of the Axis, while Barbarossa unfolds on the eastern front, in the west, the Americans formally enter the war. In North Africa, following major setbacks at the hands of Rommel, the Allies storm to victory, setting the stage for the invasion of Sicilythe largest amphibious landing in historyand Italy. Meanwhile, the bombing of Germany escalates, aiming to destroy the Nazi military, industrial, and economic system and relentlessly crush civilian morale. The Fall of the Axis is another captivating entry in this accomplished series.