The Second World War Illustrated, The Second Year

...from Pen & Sword

Title: The Second World War Illustrated, The Second Year
Author: Jack Holroyd
Publisher: Pen & Sword
ISBN: 978-1-52675-794-4

As clearly suggested by the title of the book, this is a photographic history of the period of 1940-41. A 280-page soft-cover book packed with some amazing archive photos, some well known but many were new to me.
The book is split over 10 chapters, covering the significant events of the year. They include Mussolini Invades Egypt; Mussolini Targets Greece; Hitler Targets Yugoslavia, Greece & Egypt. Then perhaps a little unusual for this period of the war, Hitler Suffers Annoying Minor Setbacks, which includes the loss of the Bismarck and the loss of his deputy, Rudolf Hess, who flew to Britain. Then on to Hitler Targets Britain's Cities; Hitler Targets Soviet Russia; and Hitler Targets Britain's Atlantic Supplies, with the U-Boats success in the early period of the Battle of the Atlantic and the efforts to close the gap in air cover. This leads into The Axis Target Malta before Churchill Sets Europe Ablaze with the advent of the Commandos and finally Churchill Joins Hands with Stalin - Iran. Each chapter has some text to set the scene, but is largely filled with an excellent selection of pictures, each with their own captions. In between chapters 6 & 7 there is a section of colour photos, many, but not all, of which are well known for being taken and used by the German Signal magazine photographers.
There are lots of images in here to interest the historian, and equally of interest to modellers who will appreciate the detail of uniforms and equipment from the specific year of the war, and offers a good variety of potential diorama inspiration as well. Nicely done.
Thanks to Pen & Sword for our review copy.

Robin