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Purnell's unsurpassed History of WW2. First released in the 1960s. 

The Editor in Chief of both of these works, Sir Basil Liddell-Hart, wanted the publication to be academically credible and assembled many academics, historians and serving military writers in an international venture in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum.  He wanted to make the history accessible and interesting to a wider public and achieved this by illustrating the work lavishly with coloured line drawings and maps. 

The quality of the work has never been equalled by any partwork either before or since.  It continues to be a major reference source at the RMA Sandhurst, and in the Reference Sections of some of the more well-stocked public libraries.

When Purnell began publishing the series of WW2 back in 1966, they envisaged a complete work in 6 volumes.  Just before the end of the series, they announced they would be extending it to 8 Volumes in order to cover the consequences of the war, such as the Nuclear era, the foundations of the UN, and events which shaped the post-war world.  

They remained true to their readers by offering an index at the back of volume six so those who wanted to complete their collection with the ending of the war could do so with a complete partwork.  When they published the 8 volume collection with the supplementary issues, Purnell published a cumulative index at the back of volume 8, so those people too could leave the series with a complete collection.  
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Volume 1 Number 01: The Third Reich
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Volume 1 Number 02: Europe 1919-1939
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Volume 1 Number 03: Blitzkrieg
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Volume 1 Number 04: Raider at Large
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Volume 1 Number 05: The Trap
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Volume 1 Number 06: Hitler Strikes North
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Volume 1 Number 07: Invasion of the West
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Volume 1 Number 08: Hitler Strikes in the West
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Volume 1 Number 09: Dunkirk
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Volume 1 Number 10: Fall of France
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Volume 1 Number 11: Operation Sea Lion
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Volume 1 Number 12: Battle of Britain
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Volume 1 Number 13: Italian Fiasco, Attack on Greece
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Volume 1 Number 14: Menace at Sea
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Volume 1 Number 15: Victory in the Desert
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Volume 1 Number 16: Rommel: The Desert Fox
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Volume 2 Number 01: Hitler's Revenge on Yugoslavia
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Volume 2 Number 02: Hitler Drives Allies out of Greece
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Volume 2 Number 03: How Crete Was Lost
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Volume 2 Number 04: Desert Tragedy: French v French in Syria
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Volume 2 Number 05: The Bismarck
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Volume 2 Number 06: Resistance Begins
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Volume 2 Number 07: Duels with the Afrika Korps
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Volume 2 Number 08: Operation Barbarossa
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Volume 2 Number 09: Barbarossa!
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Volume 2 Number 10: Russia Blunts the Blitzkrieg
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Volume 2 Number 11: Target Romme
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Volume 2 Number 12: Pearl Harbor
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Volume 2 Number 13: Malaya
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Volume 2 Number 14: Battle for Moscow
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Volume 2 Number 15: Hit & Run: Big Commando Raid Begins
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Volume 2 Number 16: The General who Never Lost a Battle
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Volume 3 Number 01: Birth of the Allied Blitz
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Volume 3 Number 02: Corregidor. HOW?
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Volume 3 Number 03: Banzai
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Volume 3 Number 04: Showdown at Midway
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Volume 3 Number 05: Tobruk Falls
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Volume 3 Number 06: Siege of Sebastopo
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Volume 3 Number 07: First Alamein
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Volume 3 Number 08: Dieppe: Suicide Invasion
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Volume 3 Number 09: Stalingrad: Most Vicious Battle of the War
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Volume 3 Number 10: Alamein: Montgomery's Triumph
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Volume 3 Number 11: Guadalcanal, Japan's First Land Defeat
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Volume 3 Number 12: Operation Torch
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Volume 3 Number 13: Life in France
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Volume 3 Number 14: Scrap the Fleet
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Volume 3 Number 15: Death of an Army - Stalingrad
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Volume 3 Number 16: The Crime at Katyn Wood
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Volume 4 Number 01: Tunisia, the Noose Tightens
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Volume 4 Number 02: Wingate Minus Myth
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Volume 4 Number 03: Africa, the End
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Volume 4 Number 04: Battle for the Sealanes
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Volume 4 Number 05: Greatest Tank Battle in History
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Volume 4 Number 06: Italians Quit and Turn on Mussolini
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Volume 4 Number 07: Allies Invade Italy
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Volume 4 Number 08: The Bolshevik Horde
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Volume 4 Number 09: Did the Germans Stop Monty?
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Volume 4 Number 10: War at the Top,The Big Three
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Volume 4 Number 11: Guadalcanal to Bougainville
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Volume 4 Number 12: Marines at Tarawa!
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Volume 4 Number 13: Was Anzio Worth It?
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Volume 4 Number 14: Cassino Falls, Behind the Triumph
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Volume 4 Number 15: RAF Raider Destroyed, Luftwaffe Reports
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Volume 4 Number 16: Kohima & Imphal, Turning Point in Burma
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Volume 5 Number 01: Pre D-Day, Hitler's Fortress Europe
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Features The Allied Armada, Balance of Armour & Allied Air Power
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Volume 5 Number 03: Pre D-Day, Europe's Secret Armies
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Volume 5 Number 04: D-Day
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Volume 5 Number 05: Battle of the Hedgerows
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Volume 5 Number 06: The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot
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Volume 5 Number 07: The Bomb Plot
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Volume 5 Number 08: The Red Army Bursts Into Poland
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Volume 5 Number 09: Allies Smash Two German Armies
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Volume 5 Number 10: Prisoner on the Kwai
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Volume 5 Number 11: Paris Freed!
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Volume 5 Number 12: Arnhem, Most Momentous Error?
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Volume 5 Number 13: Inside The Camps
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Volume 5 Number 14: The Incredible Career of Richard Sorge
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Volume 5 Number 15: Strange/Spectacular Death of the Tirpitz
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Volume 5 Number 16: The Soviet View of 'Liberation'
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Volume 6 Number 01: The Red Army's Drive to Gates of Berlin
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Volume 6 Number 02: Bombing, Did It Work? Was it Justified?
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Volume 6 Number 03: Battle of the Bulge
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Volume 6 Number 04: Battle of the Bulge
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Volume 6 Number 05: Iwo Jima, Japanese View
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Volume 6 Number 06: Never! Never! Never! Hitler
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Volume 6 Number 07: Victory In Italy
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Volume 6 Number 08: Into the Heart of Hitler's Reich
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Volume 6 Number 09: Fall of Berlin
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Volume 6 Number 10: Hitler Dead- Doenitz Fuhrer
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Volume 6 Number 11: Fire Raids on Japan
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Volume 6 Number 12: Cult of the Kamikazes
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Volume 6 Number 13: The Race to Rangoon
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Volume 6 Number 14: Japan's Last Hope, 28 Million Volunteers
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Volume 6 Number 15: Hiroshima & Nagasaki
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Volume 6 Number 16: The War an Overview
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Volume 7 Number 01: Post War Years
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Volume 7 Number 02: The Perils of Peace
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Volume 7 Number 03: Big Four Take Over

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