The Stuggle For Europe Essay

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The Stuggle For Europe

Though this student looked in Who's Who and Contemporary Authors, no information on
Chester Wilmot could be found. One considered searching the Directory of American
Scholars, but that would not be helpful since he is from Australia.In The Struggle for
Europe, Wilmot seeks to explain several points. First, he explores and explains how the
western allies succeeded militarily but failed politically during World War II. He then
elaborates on how and why the western allies crushed the Nazi regime; yet, they allowed
the Soviet Union to overtake Eastern Europe and block the Atlantic Charter from taking
effect in those nations. Third, the author discusses Hitler's defeat and Stalin's victory.
Fourthly, he endeavors on a mission to explain how the Soviet Union replaced Germany as
the dominant European power.Beginning with the Battle of Britain, the book takes the
reader through the war up to the surrender of Germany. In this process Wilmot touches on
Hitler's alliance with Mussolini, Hitler's conquest of France, the Lowlands, and the
Balkans, and the Nazi dictator's collapse in the expansion of the Soviet Union. The author
strategically builds the Allied alliance, through the book's course, and he uses the
Normandy invasion to illustrate its full effectiveness. Also included are discussions on
the concessions granted to Stalin by the Allies in general, and Franklin D. Roosevelt in
particular. President Roosevelt believed that Stalin wanted security for his country with
no territorial acquisitions in mind. In order to give the Soviet leader his second front
in Europe, FDR also put the Japanese problem in the Pacific aside.By providing the reader
with first-hand quotes and writings from the Nazi war machine's hierarchy, Wilmot looks at
the external and internal workings of the German Wehrmacht in meticulous detail. The
U-boat campaign, the inadequacies of the Luftwaffe, and the shortcomings of the Panzer
divisions are discussed. The war, from April 1940 to May 1945, is expertly covered. He
details various meetings of Allied and Axis partners, various battles, and various
strategies. In this study, the author used very readable and easily accessible language.
Events are described in good detail and his ideas are well related. The emphasis of The
Struggle for Europe seems to be on two major topics that are stated in the preface. The
first topic deals exclusively with the defeat of Germany. The second topic deals with the
alliance between the United States and Great Britain. By covering the defeat of the German
armed forces on the western, eastern, and Mediterranean fronts, he gives reasons for their
every failure. Throughout the book, statistics are given representing German war
production in terms of tanks, planes, guns, vehicles, soldiers, and ships.The second topic
is probed in almost as much detail as the first. Wilmot describes the western alliance
from very near the book's beginning. He details Churchill and Roosevelt's close friendship
and partnership during the war. He skillfully deals with the United States being the
number two man in the alliance's beginning and how the U.S. slowly emerges as the premier
partner toward the end of the hostilities. The reason these two topics come to the
forefront is due to the fact that the struggle in the west engrossed the defeat of Germany
by the western alliance along with the Soviet Union. The Struggle for Europe is very well
organized. The book's organization develops along chronological lines beginning with the
Battle of Britain. The author proceeds through the work hitting on all the key quotes,
speeches, conferences, battles, and decisions that occurred during the war. Each chapter
is organized along the same line as the course of events happened during the war.
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