The Struggle for Europe
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...more
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.
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