By Gerhard L. Weinberg
Extensively hailed as a masterpiece, this is often the 1st heritage of worldwide struggle II to supply a very worldwide account of the struggle that encompassed six continents. beginning with the alterations that restructured Europe and her colonies following the 1st international conflict, Gerhard Weinberg sheds new gentle on each element of global warfare II. activities of the Axis, the Allies, and the Neutrals are coated in each theater of the struggle. extra importantly, the worldwide nature of the conflict is tested, with new insights into how occasions in a single nook of the area helped impact occasions in different far away elements. In a brand new version, with a brand new preface, an international at fingers is still a vintage of worldwide historical past.
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Extra info for A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II (2nd Edition)
In the years since, the Allied victory has often been exaggerated by citing figures from the last German combat troops to make it out of the inferno. The 1st SS Panzer Division, for example, is often said to have emerged from Normandy with only 300 survivors. In fact, though the division lost about 5,000 men during the campaign (and nearly all of its front-line equipment), the division's authorized complement was 22,000. In September 1944, the German armaments industry would reach a new peak in production.
At this point 2nd Armored's CCB had not quite reached its objective but it had 46 IN ACTION penetrated the Westwall nearly to its eastern edge. The Germans launched a massive counterattack that afternoon, but both Hinds and Disney held their ground. XIX Corps ordered CCB to go on the defensive until the issue at Aachen was decided. To the south, Colliers' CCA with attached infantry from the 29th Division lined up to the left of 30th Division for the drive to encircle Aachen. Crossing its startline on the morning of October 5, CCA ran into a torrent of fire from interlocking bunkers and artillery.
This was held by a company of Shermans, a platoon of Stuarts, a company of armored infantry, some armored engineers, and the 2nd Battalion's headquarters group. The call went out for support from the 78th and 62nd Artillery Battalions. As the German column plunged into the position, the 2AD opened fire. The menacing 150mm SP fell to blasts from a waiting Sherman. A SturmgeschGtz behind it passed the destroyed behemoth but it, too, fell to a 75mm shot through the fighting compartment. Now the German column was stalled in the road as fire came in from both sides.
A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II (2nd Edition) by Gerhard L. Weinberg