1st ed., 1998. Xiii + 593 pp., 17 photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. From the viewpoint of all those who took part ' Allied and Axis forces on all fronts, politicians and civilians ' the author puts just one day of World War II under the historical microscope, Wednesday 25th October 1944, and by doing so a pitiless tragedy is laid bare with heart-rending clarity. Among the set-piece actions of the day are the titanic naval battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines, Hitler planning an Ardennes offensive which led to the Battle of the Bulge, the eruption of the Red Army into Eastern Europe, a frustrated wolf-pack in the Atlantic, the saturation bombing of Essen and Hamburg, V2 rocket attacks on London, and the highly secret Manhatten project. The war in the rear, where civilian families find themselves in the battle zone, infantry replacements anxiously await their first taste of battle while Communist guerrillas thrive in the Balkans and China, or the 'final solution' taking place at Auschwitz, unites the whole human race in the bloody war.