Review: A very serious book recommendation
As someone now recognized myself as a military historian, it's easy to say that the military historian who has been my greatest influence is Sir Max Hastings.
In case you missed his book released in Europe as "All Hell Let Loose" and published in the U.S. as "Inferno" let me give a 5-star recommendation. He's been my model for how to write military history. It's an overview of the Second World War like no other.
You can read the best essay on the topic of 'how the war affected those who experienced it" here: http://www.maxhastings.com/assets/All-Hell-Let-Loose-324-360.pdf
The amount of research involved in this is mind-boggling.