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History Research Guide - World War II: The Commanders

A guide to the resources available in the library on World War II.

Books in the Library

Allies

Possible Topics

Here are some topic questions to help you get started on your paper.

Who were the commanders of World War II? What battles did they fight? What strategies did they develop? How successful were their strategies? Did they successfully use technology in their strategies? What were the major strategical differences between Allied commanders and Axis commanders?

How did the commanders interact with one another? Did working with commanders from other countries cause any problems? Did strife between commanders cause issues on the battlefield? How did commanders interact with their troops? What do the troops have to say about their commanders? Are they idolized in soldier's memoirs and if so why?

How did U.S. commanders approach the war in Europe? Did they help or hinder the Allied effort? How did U.S. commanders approach the war in the Pacific? Compare and contrast fighting conditions in Europe and the Pacific. Did concerns in Europe exist in the Pacific? How did commanders differ in their approaches to winning the war?  

General Bernard L. Montgomery Watches his Tanks Move Up


General Bernard L. Montgomery Watches his Tanks Move Up, November 1942. Courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Online Resources

Reference Books