The Second World War Illustrated, The Second Year

Published: February 18th, 2021     
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Author: Jack Holroyd
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding - IPMS# 47420
Company: Pen & Sword
ISBN #: 9781526757944
Other Publication Information: 280 pages - 1000 color & black and white
Price: $24.95
Product / Stock #: 17752
Product provided by: Casemate Publishers

The second year of World War II was one of almost unrelieved disaster on the Allied side. The German side was doing very well, except their Italian partners. This 280-page illustrated book tells the story of the war from September 1940 to September 1941. This is the second volume in what I assume with be six book series. Here is the table of contents:

  • Chapter One: Mussolini invades Egypt
  • Chapter Two: Mussolini targets Greece
  • Chapter Three: Hitler targets Yugoslavia, Greece and Egypt
  • Chapter Four: Hitler suffers annoying setbacks
  • Chapter Five: Hitler targets Britain's cities
  • Chapter Six: Hitler targets Soviet Russia
  • Chapter Seven: Hitler targets' Britain's Atlantic supplies
  • Chapter Eight: The Axis target Malta
  • Chapter Nine: Churchill sets Europe ablaze
  • Chapter Ten: Churchill joins hands with Stalin - Iran

Each chapter is between 30 and 50 pages and has a short introduction followed by a lot of photos. The captions for the photos are very detailed and helps tell the story of what is happening in the chapter. All the photos in these chapters are in black and white, but there is a 32-page color section in the middle of the book. These photos cover the whole second year. I did notice that many photos seem to be computer enhanced. Faces are more visible, and some darker areas seem to be lightened up. There are maps included to help illustrate what is happening in each of these theaters of operations. There are many photos of the commanders with a brief bio on them. Modelers will find many photos that would make good dioramas. The color section has nice photos of German aircraft in North Africa. I have been reading World War II history since the 1970s and many of these photos I have never seen before.

I would like to thank Casemate Publishers and IPMS for this book to review.

  • Front Cover
    Front Cover
  • Back Cover
    Back Cover
  • WWII enhanced faces in old  photo
    WWII enhanced faces in old photo
  • WWII First chapter of book
    WWII First chapter of book
  • WWII Italian and German troops
    WWII Italian and German troops
  • WWII KV-1 on railcar
    WWII KV-1 on railcar
  • WWII Russian front with German  commanders photos
    WWII Russian front with German commanders photos
  • WWII Table of Contents
    WWII Table of Contents
  • WWII tank and plane in color
    WWII tank and plane in color
  • WWII the coverpage for the color  photo section
    WWII the coverpage for the color photo section
  • WWII working on German bomber
    WWII working on German bomber

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