World War II Map by Map

Book description

Trace the epic history of World War II across the globe with more than 100 detailed maps.

In this stunning visual history book, custom maps tell the story of the Second World War from the rise of the Axis powers to the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Each map is rich with detail and graphics, helping you to chart the progress of key events of World War II on land, sea, and air, such as the Dunkirk evacuation, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the D-Day landings, and the siege of Stalingrad.

Historical maps from both Allied and Axis countries also offer unique insights into the events. There are timelines to help you follow the story as it unfolds, while narrative overviews explain the social, economic, political, and technical developments at the time. Fascinating, large-scale pictures introduce topics such as the Holocaust, blitzkrieg, kamikaze warfare, and code-breaking.

Written by a team of historians in consultation with Richard Overy, World War II Map by Map examines how the deadliest conflict in history changed the face of our world. It is perfect for students, general readers, and military history enthusiasts.

Table of contents

  1. CONTENTS (1/2)
  2. CONTENTS (2/2)
  3. THE SLIDE TO WAR 1918–1939
    1. The seeds of war
    2. The legacy of World War I
    3. The League of Nations
    4. Europe of the dictators
    5. Hitler and Nazi Germany
    6. China in turmoil
    7. The Spanish Civil War
    8. The Sino-Japanese War
    9. Germany and Italy expand
    10. Kristallnacht
    11. Countdown in Europe
  4. GERMANY TRIUMPHANT 1939–1941
    1. War in Europe
    2. Poland destroyed
    3. The phony war
    4. Battle of the River Plate
    5. The Winter War in Finland
    6. The battle for Norway
    7. The German offensive in the west
    8. Blitzkrieg
    9. Evacuating Dunkirk
    10. The fall of France
    11. Power struggles in Africa
    12. The Battle of Britain
    13. The Blitz
    14. Britain at bay
    15. The U-boat war begins
    16. Sinking of the Bismarck
    17. The end of US neutrality
    18. Lend-Lease
    19. The Mediterranean and Middle East
    20. Italy’s campaigns in Africa
    21. Rommel enters the desert war
    22. The Greco-Italian War
    23. Germany pushes south
    24. The Middle East and eastern Mediterranean
    25. War in the Mediterranean
    26. The Siege of Malta
    27. Germany’s war with the USSR
    28. Operation Barbarossa
    29. Germany and USSR at home
    30. The Siege of Leningrad
    31. German advance on Moscow
    32. Massacres in the east
    33. The relief of Moscow
  5. THE WIDENING WAR 1942
    1. America and Japan go to war
    2. Japanese ambitions
    3. Japan goes to war
    4. Pearl Harbor
    5. Japanese advances
    6. America at war
    7. Japan invades the Philippines
    8. Surrender at Singapore
    9. Japan takes Burma
    10. India in World War II
    11. Japanese setbacks
    12. The Battle of Midway
    13. Guadalcanal
    14. War in Europe and Africa
    15. The new order in Europe
    16. The Holocaust
    17. The Warsaw ghetto
    18. Raids and subversions
    19. Arctic convoys
    20. Rommel’s final advance
    21. Second Battle of El Alamein
    22. Operation Torch
    23. German advance to Stalingrad
    24. Stalingrad under siege
    25. Soviet victory at Stalingrad
    26. Prisoners of war
  6. TURNING THE TIDE 1943–1944
    1. German defiance
    2. Victory in the desert
    3. Summit conferences
    4. Sicily and Italy invaded
    5. From Anzio to the Gothic Line
    6. Defeat of the U-boats
    7. Code-breaking
    8. Bombing by day and night
    9. Speer and the war industry
    10. Resistance in Europe
    11. The Battle of Kursk
    12. The Soviets sweep forward
    13. Operation Bagration
    14. The Warsaw uprising
    15. The D-Day landings
    16. Omaha Beach
    17. The Battle of Normandy
    18. V-weapons
    19. The breakout
    20. The plot to kill Hitler
    21. Operation Market Garden
    22. Battles at Germany’s gate
    23. Greece and Yugoslavia
    24. War against Japan
    25. Operation Cartwheel
    26. US amphibious warfare
    27. Island-hopping in the Pacific
    28. Battle for the Marianas
    29. The Battle of Leyte Gulf
    30. Kamikaze tactics
    31. The fightback in Burma
    32. China and Japan at war
    33. Japanese rule in east Asia
  7. ENDGAME AND AFTERMATH 1944–1955
    1. Allied victory in Europe
    2. Battle of the Bulge
    3. Yalta and Potsdam
    4. Crossing the Rhine
    5. Germany loses the air war
    6. The bombing of Dresden
    7. The final Soviet attack
    8. Final struggles in Italy
    9. The fall of Berlin
    10. VE Day
    11. Defeat of Japan
    12. Retaking the Philippines
    13. Iwo Jima
    14. The bombing of Japan
    15. The Battle of Okinawa
    16. Manhattan Project
    17. Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    18. Peace in the Pacific
    19. The aftermath of war
    20. The Iron Curtain
    21. The Chinese Civil War
    22. Decolonization of Asia
    23. The creation of Israel
    24. The price of war
    25. Remembrance
  8. Glossary
  9. Index (1/2)
  10. Index (2/2)
  11. Acknowledgments

Product information

  • Title: World War II Map by Map
  • Author(s): DK, Smithsonian Institution
  • Release date: September 2019
  • Publisher(s): DK Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781465494139