Second World War in 100 Objects
The Second World War was a seminal event in world history. The story of its battles and key events is a familiar one, but "The Second World War in 100 Objects" offers a unique perspective on this global phenomenon by tracing its history through its objects, such as iconic items like the British Spitfire, the George Cross and Adolf Hitler's personal revolver, to personal objects which tell the poignant stories of individuals and official documents, maps and orders. Fully illustrated, each entry will be accompanied by approximately 500 words of text which will put the item in context and highlight its significance.
Major General Julian Thompson CB OBE served in the Royal Marines for 34 years and commanded the Royal Marine Commandos and the two battalions of the Parachute Regiment during the Falklands War. Since retiring he has been a visiting professor at King's College, London. He has written a number of books, including Forgotten Voices: Desert Victory and Dunkirk: Retreat to Victory. For Carlton, Julian has authored The 1916 Experience and The Victory in Europe Experience.
The book will be structured chronologically to tell the complete story of the conflict, from the failed act of appeasement that became known as the Munich Agreement in 1938 to the Japanese Instrument of Surrender signed aboard the USS Missouri on 9 September 1945.