Editor’s Note: The Following is a series of excerpts adapted from Victor Davis Hanson’s new book The Second World Wars. It appears here with permission.
World War II traced the contours of previous conflicts to an endpoint of unprecedented death and destruction.
The Axis Was Outmatched from the Start
by VICTOR DAVIS HANSON October 17, 2017 4:00 AM @VDHANSON
Hitler and his Axis cohorts couldn’t match their enemies’ resources to begin with. That they learned all the wrong lessons from military history while the Allies learned all the right ones doomed them.
The Deadly Cost of Mutual Misunderstanding
by VICTOR DAVIS HANSON October 18, 2017 4:00 AM @VDHANSON
Hitler went to war without an accurate conception of the Allies’ strength. The Allies did the same without an accurate conception of Hitler’s ambition. Unprecedented bloodshed ensued.