World War II Official Histories
Does England have an official History of WW2 like the “Green Books” that are printed in the US as their official history of WW2 and where might find them? —L.L.
Yes: several specialized multi-volume series, under the umbrella title History of the Second World War, were published by HMSO (Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, since 2006 part of the Office of Public Sector Information within the UK National Archives, formerly the Public Records Office).
There are five sub-series, for example, Llewellyn Woodward, British Foreign Policy in the Second World War (five vols., 1970). Other series were Military, Civil, Intelligence and Medical; HMSO also published individual collections of papers and documents.
The scope is colossal. For example, the Military Series alone breaks down into Grand Strategy, The War at Sea, The Strategic Air Offensive Against Germany, Home Defense, Victory in the West, The War Against Japan, Mediterranean & Middle East, and Civil Affairs & Military Government–in all, 32 volumes. Some series also have abridged one-volume editions.
There are disclaimers in the volumes stating that the opinions are of the authors, whose quality varied, and some were controversial. Captain Stephen Roskill, who wrote all three volumes of The War at Sea, was one of Churchill’s strongest critics, and books were subsequently published by pro-Churchill naval authorities to refute his charges
You can search for individual titles on Bookfinder, but major libraries should have them; they may also have been digitalized.