WW2 From Above by Julian Thompson

WW2 From Above by Julian Thompson* gives an aerial view of the battle sites. The satellite images are annotated with details of the battle and the forces involved are marked on the image too. It is similar to a battle map, but made on a google Earth image, which is very interesting.

WW2 From Above by Julian Thompson

I like that there were battles from the Second World War, but not only the ones in Europe are mentioned, but from all over the world. For example, the battle of Tarawa is shown, which took place on 20 November 1943, in Central Pacific. This is a very small island, of only 3 km in length; that means under 2 miles. The short description mentions that there were over 11,000 casualties. It is quite astonishing to see the island as it is today, the kind of place depicted on travel agencies’ brochures, but also see pictures from 1943, with soldiers landing and the destruction.

For each of the 25 battles there is the aerial view, pictures from that battle, and two short description of officers from both the Allied and Axis armies. This is how I found out about Field Marshal Harold Alexander. I’m intrigued and I will search for more details about him.

I’ve enjoyed reading this book and the pictures offer a different perspective. I highly recommend this book, as I loved it.

WW2 From Above by Julian Thompson

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Welbeck Publishing Group
Year it was published: 2020
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): History, military
Pages: 160

About the author: Major General Julian Harold Atherdean Thompson, CB, OBE is a military historian and former Royal Marines officer who as a brigadier commanded 3 Commando Brigade during the Falklands war.
Thompson, who was British commander on the islands during the final phase of the conflict has written extensively on the Falklands conflict and British military history. He is also a visiting professor at the department of War Studies, King’s College, University of London.
Website & Social Media Links: welbeckpublishing

*I received a copy of WW2 From Above by Julian Thompson for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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