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The Routledge Atlas of the Second World War

2nd Edition

By Martin Gilbert


310 pages | 257 B/W Illus.

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In The Routledge Atlas of the Second World War, Martin Gilbert graphically charts the war’s political, military, economic and social history through 257 illuminating maps. The atlas covers all the major events from the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 to the defeat of Japan in August 1945.

Focusing on the human – and inhuman – aspects of the war, The Routledge Atlas of the Second World War includes examination of:

  • military, naval and air campaigns on all the war fronts
  • the war on land, at sea and in the air
  • the economic and social aspects of the war
  • the global nature of the war, in armed combat and in suffering
  • the impact of the war on civilians, both under occupation, and as deportees and refugees
  • the aftermath of the war: post-war political and national boundaries; war graves; and the human cost of the war on every continent.

This paperback edition includes several updates to existing maps, as well as ten new maps, specially drawn for this edition. The new maps include examinations of Japanese- American and African- American soldiers serving with the United States Army, British women special agents, Belgium at War, and the German occupation of the Channel Islands.


‘This really is a brilliantly useful book … All in all, this is an outstanding reference work that can also be enjoyed as an unusual graphic history of the Second World War and its many political, economic and military dimensions.’Military Illustrated

'Martin Gilbert's The Routledge Atlas of the Second World War is a riveting collection of original and informative maps.’ The Observer

'Sir Martin Gilbert's Atlas of the Second World War is a work of extraordinary scholarship … No university, library, historian – or anyone interested in World War II – will want to be without it.'Henry Kissinger

Table of Contents

Introduction. Acknowledgements Section 1: From the German Invasion of Poland to the Fall of France Section 2: Britain Alone and its Allies Section 3: The Soviet Union Becomes an Allied Power Section 4: Japan and the United States Enter the War Section 5: The Unrelenting Struggle, 1942 and Beyond Section 6: The Unarmed and the Civilians Section 7: Total War Section 8: Year of Decision: 1944 Section 9: The Defeat of Germany Section 10: The Defeat of Japan Section 11: Global War. Aftermath. Epilogue. Bibliography. Index.

About the Author

Sir Martin Gilbert is one of the leading historians of his generation. An Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, he is the official biographer of Churchill and the author of eighty-two books, among them Churchill - A Life; The Second World War; D-Day; The Day the War Ended and the three-volume A History of the Twentieth Century. For more information please visit

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Military / World War II