1st ed., 1995. 344 pp., maps. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. Most literature and reference books about the Second World War concentrate on the principal forces involved. In fact, over 170 countries were involved or influenced. Using a skilful mix of succinct fact and descriptive narrative, this book offers a completely new perspective on the last global conflict. By discussing the major actions where they took place ' rather than in entries under the name of the combatants ' the book shows how some lands contributed little more than the battle site to some of the most awesome fighting and firepower ever seen. The coverage of some of the 'lesser' players reminds us of the important commitment of the smaller countries to the larger cause.