How the War Was Won
Author(s): Phillips Payson O'Brien
Publication Date: 31-01-2019
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World War II is usually seen as a titanic land battle, decided by mass armies, most importantly those on the Eastern Front. Phillips Payson O'Brien shows us the war in a completely different light. In this compelling new history of the Allied path to victory, he argues that in terms of production, technology and economic power, the war was far more a contest of air and sea than of land supremacy. He shows how the Allies developed a predominance of air and sea power which put unbearable pressure on Germany and Japan's entire war-fighting machine from Europe and the Mediterranean to the Pacific. Air and sea power dramatically expanded the area of battle and allowed the Allies to destroy over half of the Axis' equipment before it had even reached the traditional 'battlefield'. Battles such as El Alamein, Stalingrad and Kursk did not win World War II; air and sea power did.
- Transforms our understanding of the war by showing that the Second World War was not won on the battlefield but in the air, on the seas and in the factories
- Reveals that the Eastern Front (and the entire land war) was less important than historians have argued and that Anglo-American air and sea power were considerably more important
- Shows how controlling mobility is more important than overwhelming firepower in military success