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5.0 out of 5 stars A mind-opening history, 14 April 2009
This review is from: Armageddon: The Battle for Germany 1944-45 (Paperback)
Max Hastings has taken advantage of still being able to obtain evidence from many
survivors of WW II to build a comprehensive view of events and outcomes - and
correct some mis-conceptions that previous, partial commentaries, including
contemporary propaganda, may have created in readers' minds. Being in the fifth year
of my life during the period described, I was aware of the war, and its ending,
but, like many adults, totally unaware of the undercurrents. This book makes clear
where some of the troubles that followed WWII came from, and may shake some readers.

As I write, a picture comes to my mind of a Georgian, who was our coach-driver on
part of a holiday visit to the USSR, whose English seemed to be confined to "Winston
Churchill - Uncle Joe" followed by a gesture showing a strong bonding. As if...!
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