H. P. Willmott, a member of the Royal Historical Society, has written more than a dozen books on modern naval and military subjects, including the final work in his trilogy, Grave of a Dozen Schemes, and the critically acclaimed history of the Second World War, The Great Crusade. He holds a doctorate from London University and has taught military history at institutions in both Great Britain and the United States.
This work stands out from its counterparts because of the high quality of its operational analysis. Willmott, a lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sand hurst, accepts Allied material superiority as crucial to the war's outcome. He stresses Axis strategic errors, demonstrating in particular that the Wehrmacht was better at winning battles than waging war. But he recognizes that World War II was won and lost at its sharp end. Willmott's treatments of the Russo-German War, the Battle of the Atlantic, and the Allied bomber offensive stand out; they combine clear discussions of events with stimulating, controversial interpretive frameworks. U.S. readers will also welcome the balanced presentation of a Pacific theater that most British historians tend to dismiss as a sideshow. The Great Crusade compares favorably with John Keegan's The Second World War ( LJ 11/1/89), and deserves a place in both public and university libraries.--Dennis E. Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs
"A basic 'foundation pick' for any college-level or military
library serious about World War II history."--Midwest Book
Review--Midwest Book Review (10/27/2008)
"The second edition of a work first published in 1989, this book displays all of ned Willmott's skill, notably his erudition, range, and capacity for new insights. . . . A first-rate book."--World War II Quarterly-- (08/13/2009)