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War in the West – Germany ascendant 1939-1941

Think the German armed forces were the most modern and mechanised in the world? Or that they were the embodiment of Teutonic efficiency?

Or imagine the British were small-time under-dogs relying on their big American brothers to pull them through?

You don’t know the half of it.

For the past seven decades, our understanding of it has relied on conventional wisdom, propaganda and an interpretation skewed by the information available. This is the first of a new three-volume history in which I am challenging too-long-held assumptions about the war, for it is very much the case that much of what we think we know is based on truth by common knowledge, rather than through detailed and painstaking research.

Woven into the narrative are the experiences of dozens of individuals, from civilians and soldiers, to sailors, pilots, leading military strategists, industrialists and heads of state, and what I hope is a highly authoritative but compellingly readable new narrative history…