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Unknown Conflicts of the Second World War
Forgotten Fronts

ISBN 9781138612945
Published January 23, 2019 by Routledge
236 Pages

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Book Description

Unknown Conflicts of the Second World War: Forgotten Fronts is a collection of chapters dealing with various overlooked aspects of the Second World War. The aim is to give greater depth and context to the war by introducing new stories about regions of the world and elements of the war rarely considered.

These chapters represent new discussions on previously undeveloped narratives that help to expand our understanding of the interconnectedness of the war. It also provides an expanded view of the war as a mosaic of overlapping conflicts rather than a two-sided affair between massive alliance structures. The Second World War saw revolutions, civil wars, social upheaval, subversion, and major geopolitical policy shifts that do not fit neatly into the Allied vs. Axis 1939–1945 paradigm. This aim is to connect the unseen dots from around the globe that influenced the big turning points we think we know well but have really only a superficial understanding of and in so doing shed new light on the scope and influence of the war.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chris Murray, King’s College London

Chapter 2: Fighting for Britain: Examining British Recruitment strategies in Nigeria Disu Oluyemisi Abayomi, The Corps Inspection and Welfare Department, Nigeria

and Raheem Oluwafunminiyi, The Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding, Nigeria

Chapter 3: The Empire of Japan and Southern Cone´s neutrality after Pearl Harbor

Pedro Iacobelli, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Chapter 4: Finland’s Relations with the Allied War Effort

Henry Oinas-Kukkonen, University of Oulu

Chapter 5: The Illusion of Enemy: The Fifth Column Scare in Britain

Robert Loeffel, University of New South Wales

Chapter 6: The Indian Ocean

Oliver Coastes, Cambridge University

Chapter 7: Between the Nazi Hammer and the Soviet Anvil: The Untold Story of the Red Guerrillas in the Baltic Region, 1941-1945

Yaacov Falkov, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya & Tel Aviv University

Chapter 8: Indigenous Resistance as Irregular Warfare: the Role of Kachin Forces in SOE and OSS Covert Operations during the Burma Campaign

Robert A. Farnan, Chiang Mai University

Chapter 9: From Resistance to Revolution: Occupied Yugoslavia

Chris Murray, King’s College London

Chapter 10: Wartime Collaborations in Rural North China

Xun Lu, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Chapter 11: "For a New European Order" Total War and Irregular Warfare of the Italian Social Republic Abroad 1943-45

Federico Ciavattone, Independent Scholar

Chapter 12: The UN Search for Stolen and Hidden Polish Children (1944-47)

Katherine Rossy, Queen Mary University of London



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Chris Murray serves as Associate Editor of Defence Report. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Defence Studies at King’s College London. Chris holds an MA in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada as well as a BA in Anthropology and an HBA in History from Lakehead University.


"Former Canadian naval officer and associate editor of Defence Report London, Dr. Murray has collected a dozen essays by scholars from nearly as many countries, that look, for the most part, at rather neglected aspects of the Second World War[...] All of the essays throw new light on often neglected corners of the war, but several are particularly valuable, perhaps most notably those on the Indian Ocean, Red guerrillas in the Baltic, and the Italian civil war [...] this is a valuable read for anyone with an interest in the Second World War."

-The NYMAS Review