Carlton, 1st ed., 2012. 256 pp., numerous cold., + b&w photo-ills. D.j., 24 x 19cm. FINE. This book offers a unique perspective on World War II by tracing its history through such iconic items as the British Spitfire, the German MG 42 machine gun and the "Bouncing Bomb" used in the legendary Dambusters Raid. It covers the war on all fronts, the war on land, at sea and in the air, plus resistance and intelligence work and also features personal objects such as Churchill's cigar and Montgomery's beret, which reveal the unique experiences of the individuals. Other objects range in diversity from individual aircraft, tanks, ships and weapons to penicillin and blood plasma, insignia, the human torpedo, a silk escape map, awards, the tunnellers' trolley, and much more besides.