Title: The second world war
Author: Alan Farmer
Reviewed by: A.S Abd Mokti
As one of the series of ‘teach yourself’, this book is useful for people with little or rather no knowledge about the second world war. The book outlines the events of WW2 in a rather narrative but concise way that would be found appealing to the readers of all walks of life.
Instead of going through the chronologies of events in the war, Farmer brings the readers towards the event itself and explains its importance in the point of view of history. The first chapter; ‘origin’ explained the dissatisfaction of Germany, Italy and several Baltic states over the Treaty of Versailles 1919 which is explained in the ‘trouble peace 1919-1933’ subtopic and the emergence of Hitler and his Nazi regime in 1933 and Mussolini in Italy . Hitler which his sleek strategy was able to demolish the
However, operation Barbarosa which is the invasion of Soviet territory changed the tide of the war. Though the Nazis gained territory, the attack made
In the east, the emergence of
As other historians, Farmer also highlighted several events such as the Holocaust, the battle of Atlantic, D-day (operation Overlord), the Manhattan Project (atomic bomb project) and how the Allies gain the upper hand and the Axis gradually lost- mainly due to military war development, economic rations and the rise of resistance powers in Greater Germany areas. Japanese defeat was also explained-mainly the release of Fat man and Little Boy in