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The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War
by Andrew Roberts
by Andrew Roberts
I want to read Winston Churchill's six-volume history of World War II, and before doing that, decided to go through a modern British one-volume popular book on the subject. This is a rather conventional history book; the author is a British patriot who berates Eire for being neutral in the war, since had Hitler won, he would have trampled this neutrality. It makes gross mistakes having to do with the Soviet Union. A million and a half former Soviet POWs were sent to the Gulag or labor battalions in Siberia? Col. Gen. Krivosheyev says that the number is closer to 200,000. Hitler could have told the Japanese ambassador about Barbarossa so Japan could join in the attack on the Soviet Union and seize Siberian oil? Oil was only discovered in Siberia in the 1960s. It uses curious turns of phrase (German bombing turned Stalingrad into a lunar moonscape? What other kind of moonscape is there?). The last chapter asks, how Hitler could have won the war, and gives many answers: he could have started the war later and built up his submarine force that could asphyxiate Britain; he should not have declared war on the United States; he should have allowed his Jewish subjects to serve in the Wehrmacht, as they did in World War I, instead of killing them. I find these answers questionable; Hitler did not want to fight the British, whom he regarded as fellow Aryans, and was caught by surprise when they declared war on him; the United States was anything but neutral; the German Jews were too few to make a difference.
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