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The Struggle for Europe

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Chester Wilmot's The Struggle for Europe is the most highly regarded single-volume history of the Second World War in Europe. The pattern of post-war Europe, he maintains, was determined during the fighting; he sees the shaping of events through a study of wartime diplomacy and strategy and the impact on wartime policies of the personalities of the statesmen and generals w

Hardcover, 766 pages
Published June 15th 2005 by Konecky & Konecky (first published 1952)
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A brilliant book that sparked my lifetime's interest in the history of the Second World War. I was probably fifteen when I read it (first published in 1952) and I was thrilled by how exciting history could be.

The title is a little misleading, since it is only concerned with the preparations for D Day and the progress of the war in Western Europe up to the German surrender, but my goodness, this is how history should be written.

One of my all time favourites.
More than 60 years ago war correspondent Chester Wilmot wrote this, a book still regarded as among the best one volume treatments of this horrendous conflict. There are certainly details that are passed over quickly but this is an excellent starting point from which to grasp the origins and ultimate outcome of World War Two. Recommended.
Trying to describe WWII in one volume is like trying to pack 10 pounds of substance into a five-pound bag. Chester Wilmot pulls it off, surprisingly offering a comprehensive examination of WWII in Europe less than 10 years after the conflict ended.

American readers may find Wilmot's analysis off-putting, given its anglo-centric focus. To gain a good understanding of the war, one cannot limit reading to just those books with an American viewpoint. The war would be a struggle for the allies to dev...more
Shaun Appleby
A reliable, balanced and comprehensive history of Allied military activities in North Europe from D-day to VE Day, Wilmot's engaging and readable account benefits from first-person access to a wide variety of significant actors in near real-time to the events he narrates. Notably Wilmot takes on the sometime role of public defender for Montgomery's reputation and makes a credible argument for the Field Marshal's claim to a share of the Normandy breakout victory rather than approbation for heavy...more
Andrew Dalgleish
A full story of the second world war in Europe from before the start to after the end. Detailing all the events and strategies as they seemed at the time as well as with how they appeared shortly after the war. I won't spoil the ending for anyone who hasn't read it though.
Geoffrey Macharia
One of the best books I have ever read, Its narration of military history is perfect. It is both intriguing as well as entertaining. It is forthright and well-researched. It is in a league of one.
A must-read if you want to understand WWII in Europe
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