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Armageddon : the battle for Germany, 1944-45 / Max Hastings.

By: Hastings, Max.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2005Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed.Description: xxiii, 584 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0375714227; 9780375714221.Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- EuropeAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Armageddon.DDC classification: 940.54/21 Other classification: 15.70
Contents:
Time of hope -- The bridges to Arnhem -- The frontiers of Germany -- The Russians at the Vistula -- Winter quarters -- Germany besieged -- Hell in the Hürtgen -- The Bulge : an American epic -- Stalin's offensive -- Blood and ice : East Prussia -- Firestorms : war in the sky -- Marching on the Rhine -- Prisoners of the Reich -- Collapse in the west -- "The earth will shake as we leave the scene" -- The bitter end.
Summary: This is the story of the last eight months of World War II in Europe. In September 1944, the Allies expected that the war would be over by Christmas. But the disastrous Allied landing in Holland, American setbacks on the German border, together with the bitter Battle of the Bulge, drastically altered that timetable. Hastings tells the story of both the Eastern and Western Fronts, and paints a portrait of the Red Army's onslaught on Hitler's empire. He raises provocative questions: Were the Western Allied cause and campaign compromised by a desire to get the Soviets to do most of the fighting? Why were the Russians and Germans more effective soldiers than the Americans and British? Why did the bombing of Germany's cities continue until the last weeks of the war, when it could no longer influence the outcome? --From publisher description.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Time of hope -- The bridges to Arnhem -- The frontiers of Germany -- The Russians at the Vistula -- Winter quarters -- Germany besieged -- Hell in the Hürtgen -- The Bulge : an American epic -- Stalin's offensive -- Blood and ice : East Prussia -- Firestorms : war in the sky -- Marching on the Rhine -- Prisoners of the Reich -- Collapse in the west -- "The earth will shake as we leave the scene" -- The bitter end.

This is the story of the last eight months of World War II in Europe. In September 1944, the Allies expected that the war would be over by Christmas. But the disastrous Allied landing in Holland, American setbacks on the German border, together with the bitter Battle of the Bulge, drastically altered that timetable. Hastings tells the story of both the Eastern and Western Fronts, and paints a portrait of the Red Army's onslaught on Hitler's empire. He raises provocative questions: Were the Western Allied cause and campaign compromised by a desire to get the Soviets to do most of the fighting? Why were the Russians and Germans more effective soldiers than the Americans and British? Why did the bombing of Germany's cities continue until the last weeks of the war, when it could no longer influence the outcome? --From publisher description.

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British journalist, editor, and historian Max Hastings was born on December 28, 1945. He was a foreign correspondent for BBC television and London's Evening Standard, for which he later served as editor from 1996 to 2001. Hastings also worked as editor and editor-in-chief of The Daily Telegraph. <p> In addition to presenting BBC historical documentaries and writing numerous books of military history, Hastings has contributed to publications including the Daily Mail, The Guardian, and the New York Review of Books. He received the nonfiction Somerset Maugham Award for Bomber Command, as well as the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Prize for both Overlord and The Battle for the Falklands. His title Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013. The Secret War: Spies, Ciphers, and Guerrillas, 1939-1945 was published in 2016 and is also on the New York Times Bestsellers List. <p> Hastings was knighted in 2002, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and from 2002-2007 was President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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