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one with very little WWII knowledge can understand the event being discussed. The extra background also helps expand the knowledge of the most avid WWII followers. The Struggle for Europe deals fairly with both the Allied and Axis situations and decisions. Wilmot gives equal discussion time to both sides in regards to strategy, view point, and military standing. The book’s overall organization exemplifies itself in terms of its thoroughness and readability. He touches on almost every aspect of the European theater in 717 pages using many sources gathered from various locations. The sources used include diaries, primary and secondary books, speeches, German and Russian archive material, U.S. Government records, and interviews. His sources were far more than adequate. The author definitely proves all of his points to some degree with some ideas being more justified than others. He proves that the western allies did win the war militarily while losing Eastern Europe to the Soviets, politically. Wilmot also shows how the Soviets skillfully maneuvered into the top position on the European continent after the fall of the Nazis. With tremendous skill, he also describes the demise of the German armed forces from its height of power in 1941 to its destruction in April 1945. His points are satisfactorily proven with only two flaws. In this reviewer’s opinion, the first flaw pertains to the book’s length of discussion. Unless one is deeply interested in detailed facts and events of the European theater, The Struggle for Europe might be excessive. In this regard then, the book fails for someone seeking a brief overview of the European theater. This is so because it contains so very much. However, for those knowledge of WWII in great depth, this book is ideal. For example, this student could really use the book. The second flaw pertains to the beginning of the book. The author totally disregards the Poland campaign and he only briefly mentions the fall of France. With only a few comments about Poland, he jumps almost right into the Battle of Britain with just slight comment about France. The struggle in Poland is essential to any discussion of the European theater. Outside of those two flaws, with the length of the book not being a problem, The Struggle for Europe magnificently covers the war. Wilmot succeeds in delivering a thorough history of the war in Europe by all accounts. In conclusion, the book provides a very fine and accurate description of the intricacies of WWII in Europe. For anyone seeking in-depth knowledge on the European theater, this book is almost a must. The book is further useful because not only does it serve a history of WWII, but as a history of warfare in general. He gives great insight to political alliances and agreements. For this student, the book stands as one of the most informative books written on WWII in Europe.