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An illustrated history of World Wars I and II, with more than 1000 photographs, maps, and battle plans Features descriptions of every major battle on land and at sea, with analysis of the success and failure of the various military strategies. Describes the factors leading to each conflict, the turning points of both wars, and the impact of new technologies on the way each war was fought. Focuses on the central military figures who shaped the course of each war, from General Douglas Haig and Field Marshal Erwin Rommel to Paul von Hindenburg, and on political leaders such as Kaiser Wilhelm II, Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, and Adolf Hitler. Includes expert military analysis of the weapons of war from dreadnoughts, tanks, and submarines to jet fighters, assault guns, torpedo boats, and the atom bomb.