A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II (2nd by Gerhard L. Weinberg

By Gerhard L. Weinberg

Commonly hailed as a masterpiece, this can be the 1st heritage of worldwide conflict II to supply a very worldwide account of the battle that encompassed six continents. beginning with the alterations that restructured Europe and her colonies following the 1st global battle, Gerhard Weinberg sheds new gentle on each element of global battle II. activities of the Axis, the Allies, and the Neutrals are coated in each theater of the conflict. extra importantly, the worldwide nature of the struggle is tested, with new insights into how occasions in a single nook of the area helped impact occasions in different far away components. In a brand new version, with a brand new preface, an international at fingers continues to be a vintage of world background.

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He still won. The day before our graduation and commissioning as second lieutenants, Thomas called us together. ” He explained to us that all reservists would remain on active duty for the duration. Thomas told us that the law invalidated the original offer made to us officer candidates requiring only thirteen months’ service. Nevertheless, he said, the Marine Corps believed that it should keep its word to us. He paused and looked around the room, then said that he would accept any requests to drop the course.

It was a National Guard outfit from Philadelphia, known as the “Blue Stocking Troop,” an old-time social and political guard unit. The officers were all Philadelphia Main Line social types, and the colonel commanding the regiment edited or published one of the city’s papers. He had a studied British look, with a tall and commanding presence about him. It had originally been a “portee” horse cavalry squadron, which consisted of horses carried in trucks from which they would mount and carry out regular cavalry missions.

We were so close that when he made colonel at New River he had me attend the ceremony to pin on one of his eagles. We put on a great boxing tournament that lasted three or four days. To nobody’s surprise, we found great talent among the troops, including many former professionals, Golden Gloves competitors, and fleet boxers. Rounding out that long, last summer of peace in 1941 was a Hollywood publicity stunt, clearly a scheme of Marine Corps headquarters, that involved six Powers models coming to the base and posing for pictures with our marines.

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