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The Second World War


The story of the Second World War brought to life in full colour by historian James Holland and artist Keith Burns.

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Discover the story of the Second World War brought to life in full colour by renowned historian James Holland and award-winning artist Keith Burns

‘A fully immersive experience. A comprehensive yet fast-paced and gripping insight into the Second World War. Not just accessible, but riveting. An absolute pleasure to read’ GET HISTORY

‘A ground-breaking collaboration between bestselling historian James Holland and award-winning artist Keith Burns presents the war in full colour, bringing the text vividly to life’ HISTORY OF WAR

From the great cities of Europe to the jungles of Burma, and from the deserts of North Africa to the remote islands of the South Pacific and the freezing waters of the Arctic, the Second World War touched every continent and ocean on the planet. And from the Blitzkrieg to the atom bomb, the fighting fuelled new technological development on land, at sea and in the air at a ferocious pace. Our future was forged by war.

Combining compelling personal stories with a clear and accessible appreciation of the strategic and operational battle for supremacy between the Allies and the Axis powers, bestselling historian James Holland weaves an irresistible narrative, with over 250 illustrations by acclaimed artist Keith Burns, commissioned specially for this project.

Together, they bring events in The Second World War: An Illustrated History to life with stunning drama and dynamism.

Over five years in the making, their groundbreaking collaboration has produced a unique and unforgettable account of the most extraordinary events the world has ever seen.

‘Gripping text, masterful imagery and touching personal stories make this a must-buy for anyone with an interest in World War Two’ CLASSIC MILITARY VEHICLES

A bold attempt to expand the market for military history . . . aimed at a general reader who wants to get an overall grasp of a massive subject . . . this is an impressive achievement’ BOOKBRUNCH

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Additional information

Weight 1.2 kg
Dimensions 25 × 19.8 × 3 cm









Collected and amended edition


940.530222 (edition:23)


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