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World War II: Last War Heroes

World War II: Last War Heroes [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Bull
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The companion volume to the groundbreaking TV series, this book tells the story of the physical, emotional and psychological journey of Allied soldiers from the beaches of Normandy to the ruins of Berlin. In their own words these brave men from Britain, the United States, Canada and Russia tell us what it was like to face the bullets, bombs, mortars, mines and artillery shells of Nazi Germany. Interviews with over 80 soldiers who fought in the conflict, totalling 150 hours, provide a new perspective on the experiences of 1944–45. Building on the high-speed, multi-camera filming of World War II weapons and munitions shown in the TV series, this book brings the terrifying reality of the war to life. Technical descriptions and the eye-witness accounts of the men in the field explain the dramatic power and effect that this weaponry had on the battlefield, from the sinister simplicity of the deadly AP mine through to the immense firepower of the 88mm gun, giving the modern historian a unique insight into the last days of the war for the troops on the frontline. This is not a history of generals, of armies manoeuvring and strategic objectives. It is a book about the ordinary men put into incredible situations, deprived of sleep and food, and in constant fear of death on the long road to victory.

About the Author

Dr Stephen Bull is Curator of Military History and Archaeology for Lancashire Museums, with particular responsibility for local regimental collections. Currently he is engaged in the redisplay of the Museum of Lancashire, including a new gallery on World War I. He has previously worked at the National Army Museum and BBC in London. A Member of the Institute of Archaeologists, he has also appeared in the TV series Battlefield Detectives. He has written numerous articles for specialist journals, including a number on the weapons and tactics of World War I. His other books include six Osprey titles, two on World War I, and four on World War II.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 52362 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780961790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780961798
  • ASIN: B0064BWEJY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Museum curator and university external examiner Dr Stephen Bull studied at the University of Wales, and worked at the BBC and National Army Museum in London. Now Curator of Military History and Archaeology for Lancashire County Museums he has curated exhibitions, completed an MBA, and been elected to the Institute for Archaeologists. Published in a variety of languages on both sides of the Atlantic he has been listed for the Portico Prize for Literature. For 2014 he is working on a photo volume of the Western Front, to be published in US and European editions, and available from 19 July here on Amazon.

Stephen has made many TV and radio appearances including the series 'Battlefield Detectives' and 'Instruments of Death', both shown internationally, and the BBC 'One Show'. His book of the Channel 4 series 'Last War Heroes', is available in North American, UK and Norwegian editions. The series took Canadian Screen Award for 'best history' under its US title 'D-Day to Victory' in 2013. A consultant to the University of Oxford, Stephen has assisted in the creation of a European database to document the individual experience of the First World War through archives, photographs, and objects. The photograph shows Stephen (right) with Lorenz Andraes at the German National Library, 'DNB', Frankfurt.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful research tool 31 Dec 2011
By Aiysha
I was writing a story about the second World War and I found this book very helpful in depicting conditions on the Western Front. The first person accounts are especially effective as they give readers a true feel for not only the scale of the devastation but also the impact the war had on individuals who fought it. The information is also presented in a systematic manner, complimented by many maps and pictures from World War II.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly put together 29 May 2012
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As a veteran I have read any number of books on WW2. But this, to me, is outstanding in that so much information, including details of weapons used and tactics, is included to make a book I found hard to put down. I now have a clearer view as to what happened in Europe during the fateful years of 1944-5.
Thank you Dr Stephen Bull.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book tied into a TV series 15 April 2013
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Books which are tied into TV series have a difficult time. The TV programmes are obviously the primary task of the production team, and the books are often something of an afterthought. They are rarely very detailed, and can sometimes be downright awful. This is one of the better ones.
Whilst there is not much here that will be unknown to anyone who has an interest in the period, it does a good job of telling the story of the war in Western Europe from D-Day to the end of the war. What makes it special - and the series which I remember watching - are the first hand accounts from veterans. This is the raison d'être of the whole enterprise. These veterans are the last of their generation, and their stories are very moving, sad, and sometimes quite funny. Nearly always told with that matter-of-factness that all veterans seem to have, the stories are a must-read for anyone wanting to know what the campaign was really like.
All in all, an interesting read. The formatting on kindle could be better, and if you can, read it on a device that can display the pictures properly: they don't look very good on the standard kindle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed narrative 18 Jan 2013
By Pops
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Interesting and had lots that I had not come across before. In the kindle version some of the illustrated features interrupt the flow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 31 May 2013
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Easily read a well documented book. Filled with first hand accounts of ordinary young men off the horror of war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book 1 May 2013
By Hamish
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A very interesting and informative read. It is amazing how many people gave their lives to help others live in peace.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not finished yet 12 Feb 2013
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But am really enjoying this and taking my time as there is so much information I want to take my time, am very pleased with my purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good reaad 11 Jan 2013
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A most intersting book with the odd error.The descriptions of weapons are good as are the diagrams. It is not easy to see the layout of the various units on a kindle ....I expect that it would be much better on the Kindle Fire
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