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'The Oxford Companion to the Second World War, by virtue of its scale, its range and its scholarship, is an outstanding guide, as sensible and cogent on the big questions as it is instructive and informed on the lesser ones.' HEW STRACHAN, TLS 'indispensable...unlikely to be superseded this century' JOHN KEEGAN, Daily Telegraph 'easy to use, solid of fact, perceptive and j ...more
Paperback, 752 pages
Published January 24th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 11th 1995)
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Michael
Jul 28, 2013 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: World War II Buffs, Military buffs, Military historians
Recommended to Michael by: Martha Grutchfield
I have to preface this review with an honest confession: Since the coming of Wikipedia, I hardly ever look at this book. That’s not because it’s inferior in content or style to Wikipedia, but simply a measure of the fact that it’s more convenient to look things up there (and, of course, Wikipedia is more comprehensive in subject matter). This is probably the heaviest book I own, and until I started preparing this review, I don’t think I had opened it since about 2002-03. I’m not sure I’ll be abl ...more
Jean-Vincent
I will simply cite John Keegan on this one: The most complete Second World War reference book yet.

Anyone with a serious interest in World War Two should possess this book. It has literally tons of information about most WWII-related, general topics and is usually a very good starting point for any more specialized researches. Excellent illustrations/charts/tables/maps add to the overall clarity of the book.

Very highly recommended reference book.
Mark Singer
If you need one book as a reference to the Second World War, then this is it. Does Wikipedia replace it? I think not!
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