Forgotten Voices of the Second World War: A New History of the Second World War in the Words of the Men and Women Who Were There

Forgotten Voices of the Second World War: A New History of the Second World War in the Words of the Men and Women Who Were There Review

The Imperial War Museum holds a vast archive of interviews with soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians of most nationalities who saw action during WW2. As in the highly acclaimed "Forgotten Voices of the Great War", Max Arthur and his team of researchers will spend hundreds of hours digging deep into this unique archive, uncovering tapes, many of which have not been listened to since they were created in the early 1970s. The result will be the first complete aural history of the war. We hear at first from British, German and Commonwealth soldiers and civilians. Accounts of the impact of the U. S. involvement after Pearl Harbour and the major effects that had on the war in Europe and the Far East is chronicled in startling detail, including compelling interviews from U. S. and British troops who fought against the Japanese. Continuing through from D-Day, to the Rhine Crossing and the dropping of the Atom Bomb in August 1945, this book is a unique testimony to one of the world's most dreadful conflicts. One of the hallmarks of Max Arthur's work is the way he involves those left behind on the home front as well as those working in factories or essential services. Their voices will not be neglected.

Title:Forgotten Voices of the Second World War: A New History of the Second World War in the Words of the Men and Women Who Were There
Edition Language:English

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  • KEVIN

    Present day keyboard warriors should read this collection and take note. There is a price to pay for going to war and these men and women paid it....

  • Elizabeth

    I enjoyed this in parts--the section on the Normandy landings was fab. But overall I found that despite over 300-some "contributors," there is only ONE "voice" that emerges, which is that of Max Arthu...

  • Belle

    This isn't as thorough as Forgotten Voices of the First World War (also compiled by Max Arthur.) The reason being that there were such numerous and varied campaigns during the WW2 that there's just to...

  • Reds_reads

    Part of a series of 'Forgotten Voices' books, this one covers the Second World War. All of the books are selections of transcripts of voice archives held at the Imperial War Museum in London. I have s...

  • John Houlihan

    A fascinating and insightful first-person account of the second world war, mainly told from a British perspective, although there are contributions from other nations. If you want to truly understand ...

  • Andrée

    Very bity as some quotes are barely 4 lines long. So a dip into (toilet?) book rather than something to get lost in. One chapter for every year of WWII but so many 'voices' (including German) that ove...

  • Alex

    Moving, insightful, immediate....

  • Peter

    An interesting alternative to traditional historical accounts focusing entirely on the accounts people who were there. A bit like an anthology of the stories your grandparents used to tell.Human inter...

  • Robert Hepple

    Forgotten Voices of the Second World War draws on the vast collection of interviews of many individuals giving their experiences of the Second World War, with selected transcripts arranged in annual s...

  • Matt

    Follows the same format as the other "forgotten voices" very interesting book and covers allies and axis stories along with military and civilian tales. Charts the war from beginning to end in all the...