Endgame 1945: Victory, Retribution, Liberation Hardcover – 30 Aug 2007
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'Endgame 1945 isn't a footnote to history. It's the last chapter in a book from which to learn before another volume opens'
-- Observer Review
'Stafford's gripping and moving book ... is an epic panorama of the death throes of Nazism, and makes brilliant use of the individual stories of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events' -- Sunday Times
`Gripping and moving, Endgame 1945 makes brilliant use of the individual stories of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events' -- The Times
`Stafford proves himself master of a dazzling narrative' -- Express
`Stafford relates the experiences of `ordinary' people on both sides, brilliantly interweaved with the fate of the monsters who had precipitated this cataclysm, most compellingly'
-- The Times
* An absorbing, moving book about the weeks leading up to - and beyond - VE Day, 1945 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Much of what we see & hear now abt this period concentrates on the big set pieces like D-Day & the Battle for Berlin/Hitler's Bunker, & (quite rightly) the Holocaust. Naturally this book has to concern itself with the last days of Berlin, but much of the book's power comes from the stories of other campaigns which aren't so well known to most people. I've always been interested in the Italian phase of the war, as my uncle Leslie was killed at the Anzio landings. Rather than go over familiar ground like the battle for Monte Cassino, DS uses the story of Geoffrey Cox to recount a chilling tale of the deadly & relentless grind through Italy - I could practically feel the cold & mud at times. A lot of this was totally new to me - for example, the narrowly-avoided war between Allied Forces & Tito's partisan army at Trieste.Read more ›
He relates the the handful of experiences with sympathy and illustrates how big politics affected real lives. The result is an interesting look into some areas that the history books have neglected, which helps to bring the real history alive. And it's quite a page turner, because reading about other peoples lives during a time of hellish upheaval, skilfully woven into a single narrative, is a sure-fire good read. This is a history that doesn't stop at the end of the war but shows how conquered became occupied and imprisoned became liberated. It's a fresh angle to a well-covered subject, and Stafford manages to conjure quite a vivid picture which casts new light on an old subject. The author does an excellent job of keeping the reader informed about the background and the bigger picture of politics and history which helps to flesh out the personal stories.
The most interesting bits are the tales of Nazi-hunting, rescuing fascist loot, fraternisation with the enemy and life in the concentration camps, much of which is written without relying directly on the chosen memoirists. There is also the fascinating tale of Mussolini's last hours, the moment when Lord Haw-Haw is shot through the buttocks and the truly amazing story of a convoy of VIPs kept as hostages by the Nazis, who were shunted around the Third Reich until their designated execution day, when their ingenuity and bravery proved more than a match for their guards.Read more ›
Particularly poignant is the story of Fey Von Hassel, who's father was one of the Hitler Bomb Plot conspirators and she is imprisoned as a result and separated from her young children.
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LONG AND DRAWN OUT. READ BETTER 1945 ERA BOOKS. NOT A PAGE TURNER. DID NOT FULLY READ IT. GOOD REMEDY IF YOU CAN'T SLEEP. READ THE BOOK AND AFTER 5 MINUTES...Published 12 months ago by Graham from Yorkshire
The use of so many separate perspectives has its merits and demerits: we get to realise just how multi-faceted the fall of Nazi Germany was, and how differently it struck different... Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2011 by james seeley
This is a fascinating account of a fascinating period, which contains a lot of detail that is often overlooked. Read morePublished on 31 May 2010 by D. J. Bennett
Endgame 1945: Victory, Retribution, Liberation
The saddening book illustrates the depths of cruelty and brutality that the Nazis sank to, it almost seems like a game of... Read more
This is a really good book about the last few months of WW2, following the experiences of several particular men and women through the experiences up to and beyond VE Days -... Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2009 by C. Ball
I used to fine history boring at school with its impersonal lists of dates and its pointless wars from centuries ago. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2009 by Thomas Cunliffe