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The complete magisterial history of the greatest and most terrible event in history, from one of the finest historians of the Second World War This shows the impact of war upon hundreds of millions of people around the world soldiers, sailors and airmen housewives, farm workers and children Reflecting Max Hastingsyears of research on World War II, All Hell Let Loose describes the course of events but focuses chiefly upon human experience There are vivid descriptions of the tragedies and triumphs of a host of ordinary people, in uniform and out of it, in an everyman s story This is now the entire audiobook, not in two parts

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  1. JRF JRF says:

    In other books, Max Hastings has focused on particular parts of World War II This one covers the whole conflict, and does so very convincingly As well as describing the key battles, the author deals extensively with the human side of the conflict For me, this was the most valuable aspect of the book, bringing much greater understanding of for example the full implications of newsreel footage showing refugees trying to lead their families and possessions to safety along overcrowded roads subject to merciless strafing from the air.Another key area covered very well is the full savagery of the conflict on the Eastern front, with Soviet losses being massively greater than those suffered by the Western allies in other theatres.Other theatres of war are also described in a new light, questioning for example the need to take Pacific islands such as Okinawa at enormous human cost when Japan was in effect already beaten The author always makes a clear case for his sometimes controversial conclusions.This book is not an easy read, but a necessary one.

  2. Ivan Ivan says:

    A most interesting book that does not avoid bringing to light some disturbing aspects of the war For example Thirty thousand British deserters were estimated by some informed senior officers to be at liberty in Italy in 1944 45, the equivalent of two divisions, and about that half that number of Americans.In Normandy a Waffen SS officer was baffled to observe British infantry advancing behind their tanks in Normandy on June 18th, strolling, hands in pockets, rifles slung on their shoulders, cigarettes between their lips.The commanding officer of a British infantry battalion said on an average in a platoon of 25, five will do their bestand fifteen will follow a lead The rest will be useless This applies to ther whole infantry corps, and if the junior officers and NCOs will not go, the situation is pretty badWhat also makes the book are the numerous extracts from personal letters of the combatants It is among the best that I have read on WWII, warts and all.

  3. an ula an ula says:

    This book from Max Hastings covers very well the entire 2nd World War and would be a first class purchase for anyone wishing to learn of the history of that, the most destructive of wars It manages to give a good understanding of the conflict from beginning to end in both the European and Pacific theatres.Obviously it cannot be covered in great detail but it is a good point at which to start and seek out further reading when it is decided which part the reader wishes to explore further The battle for Staningrad is such an example But don t be mislaid into thinking that further research will be necessary, this volume contains all that is necessary for the average person with an interest in the war I have books covering all of the theatres of that war but still found it extremely valuable and readable.Max Hastings has few equals in this genre and I am able to recommend it without reservation.

  4. T. Joyce T. Joyce says:

    I thought that I had than enough books about the war, but I was wrong I needed this one A fine general history that covers all of the war, and that pulls no punches on the general nature of war and of combatants and civilians caught up in it A book that overturns myths or at least cuts them down to size and includes so many contemporary views at all levels, both from survivors and the letters and diaries of those who did not.Excellent.

  5. John Bennett John Bennett says:

    I m keen on bottom up history as a complement to top down stuff and Hastings strikes a good balance He points out that only a tiny number of national leaders and commanders knew much about anything beyond their immediate line of sight Civilians existed in a fog of propaganda Quotes and or descriptions of the experiences of soldiers in the front line, of displaced persons, of citizens subject to bombing, of victims of the Final Solution, of armies looting, raping and killing, and so on, make chilling reading.What I found really interesting are the fresh perspectives given The battles in Italy are an example The wild Italian countryside and the hospitable customs of its inhabitants prompted desertions from the Allied armies on a scale greater than in any other theatreThirty thousand British deserters were estimated by some informed senior officers to be at liberty in Italy in 1944 45 the equivalent of two divisions These are quite extraordinary figures, which deserve notice in narratives of the campaignAlexander itched to reintroduce the death penalty as a deterrent, and a British divisional commander, Bill Penny, agreed Shooting in the early days would probably have been an effective prophylactic But capital punishment was deemed politically unacceptable.A Lt Alex Bowlby noted that most of his men performed their duties at the edge of mutiny One would be deserter removed by military police shouted back defiantly to his comrades, I ll be alive when you re all f dead Note the word in asterisks here is given in full in the text, but is this not allowed in this review Amongst other things this underlines the character of our largely citizen army in a democratic society Russians, for example, shot their deserters on a massive scale as a matter of routine Our soldiers had lost belief in their role in Italy and were dismayed that Mediterranean operations commanded diminishing attention at home We are the D Day dodgers in sunny Italee they sang.Hastings explodes the conventional treatment of many campaigns Not that Hastings loses the broader picture far from it Overall, this book is a magnificent achievement I recommend it highly But I would also recommend reading Britain s War Machine Weapons, Resources and Experts in the Second World by David Edgerton to give an alternative view of the British position at the outbreak of hostilities.

  6. J. C. Mareschal J. C. Mareschal says:

    This is one of the best books ever written about WW II Max Hasting is not only a good journalist with very strong opinions he is also a fine historian and writer I was concerned that there was not much that has not been written yet about WW II, and that I would not learn anything new by reading this book But Max Hasting has succeeded in bringing a new perspective of WW II.Max Hasting has strong opinions and does not hesitate to correct many of the commonly accepted perceptions of the war His loathing of the French is not baseless, but a bit extreme He is contemptuous of the too many prima donna generals who were concerned with building their image than conducting war This opinion is not only limited to generals such as McArthur, Rommel, Zhukhov, or Montgomery, but also includes Yugoslavia s communist leader Tito whose image was brilliantly built by British propaganda He has respect for the endurance and fighting power of the German army, but only contempt for the complete moral abdication of the German generals.WW II was the climax of a century marked by destruction and violence All the technology and the industrial might of the countries at war were geared at making powerful weapons of destruction The firebombing of cities became a science and the war ended with the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Such destructive power had never been used before Machines were made and used to kill people But this war was fought by people, and it was fought brutally against people The Nazis had planned to starve to death millions of Russians they made the extermination of the Jewish people an industry The war brought death and starvation throughout the world When millions of Indians died of starvation during the Bengal famine because of poor management of overstretched resources, Churchill and the British government were astoundingly indifferent to the plight of the people of Bengal This must be remembered even though it was not the empire s finest hour This book includes many testimonies from soldiers who fought, from people who died, and people who survived, from people of Leningrad and people of Berlin This book gives a gripping account of this war where all hell let loose.

  7. James W. Derry James W. Derry says:

    This is a vast, vast book Not just in its global canvas, but in depth of thought, opinion, and detail.Max Hastings, the British author of many previous war histories, has done the near impossible summarized World War II in a brilliant, thrilling single volume He gives not just the overview of major events of titanic proportion, but first hand accounts of individuals who experienced the war from many perspectives and situations As we read this brilliant book, we begin to have a pretty good idea of what it was like to have your country invaded, or to have engaged in battle, or lay wounded in a field hospital, or have your home bombed out, or witness unspeakable horrors.Hastings opinions are forceful and some of the truths he uncovers will not please all readers Credit is given to Stalin and the former Soviet Union for defeating Hitler and winning the war in Europe Compared to the massive, brutal sacrifice of Stalin s armies, Britain, her Commonwealth allies, and the USA did little than splash ashore in France and make their way towards Germany All nations suffered terrible losses, but Stalin threw his people at his enemy to die in the millions Only a brutal dictator could do this No wonder the Russians refer to WWII as the Great Patriotic War.Hastings reminds us that Russia was Hitler s ally for the first two years of the war, a fact conveniently deleted in Soviet histories France still has not produced an official history of their role in the war as there are still far too many betrayals, lies, and too much cowardice to face Japan likewise still will not tell its children what their soldiers did in China All belligerents had their share of defectors, traitors, and spineless leaders War does not bring out the best in people.The remote, steamy, naval war in the Pacific was won by the USA Once its mighty industrial output came on line, there was no winning situation for Japan to grab on to But like Germany, Japan continue to fight, even though the generals knew it was over as early as 1943, but the leaders would not accept a negotiated surrender So millions continued to perish Hastings shows us why.We all know how it ended Germany s cities and industry were obliterated to rubble, an oppressive Soviet empire was set up in eastern Europe, a new, unthinkable weapon of horror was Japan s fate, and Britain lost its colonial might But what we do not realize is that this was the first truly global war, a war that affected and disrupted the lives of hundreds of millions of people, even those far from any battle And I would add, their descendants.An important, massive, first class history.

  8. marginal marginal says:

    I believe that the most dominant feature about this book is the human factor, how the most varied people experienced this awful happening To achieve this, the author brilliantly floods this horrible thrilling reading with hundreds of well researched participant accounts Personally, I had sometimes the feeling of being on the battlefield with the advantage of not having to fire a shot or being fired upon, so intense and vibrant was the description of waging war and its human suffering.Nevertheless, Sir Max Hasting always knew how to interconnect the overwhelming flow of events so the reader could easily get a good picture of every aspect of the war as a whole, everything backed up by a massive knowledge and impartiality Some accusing him of being biased would feel very much deceived in this book There is in fact, in so many situations, an open discussion which focuses on the understanding of some varied and different opinions.Superbly written and very well balanced, this book delivers the essentials a one volume book about the Second World War can deliver, not forgetting important numbers and statistics, or the casual lecture about armament or character study.


    One of the best books about WW II Highly recommended Max Hastings is one of the best historians of WW II One written by Sir Winston Churchill is considered by critics to be the most authoritative But it is a 6 volume work and runs to than 3000 pages and one must have time and patience to read all the volumes which may take many months Whereas in this there is just enough stuff to understand thegreatest man made catastrophe Our younger generation should read a lot of books like this I am very lucky to have got the HARDCOVER edition for a fair price and thank the seller and for the timely delivery.

  10. Robert E. Rushton Robert E. Rushton says:

    An excellent historical read Comprehensive in scope it covers a multitude of subjects and geographic locations within the confines of the Second World War Recommended for students of military history A fascinating and thorough review of the subject Highly recommended.