Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-45

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 16, 2004 - History - 608 pages
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In September 1944, the Allies believed that Hitler’s army was beaten and expected the bloodshed to end by Christmas. Yet a series of mistakes and setbacks, including the Battle of the Bulge, drastically altered this timetable and led to eight more months of brutal fighting. With Armageddon, the eminent military historian Max Hastings gives us memorable accounts of the great battles and captures their human impact on soldiers and civilians. He tells the story of both the Eastern and Western Fronts, raising provocative questions and offering vivid portraits of the great leaders. This rousing and revelatory chronicle brings to life the crucial final months of the twentieth century’s greatest global conflict.


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Returning home by Christmas was the hope of most Allied soldiers in September 1944, just a few months after the landings at Normandy. Few believed the Germans had the strength to last much longer ... Read full review

Contents

TITLE PAGE
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
Stalins Offensive
Blood and Ice East Prussia
Firestorms War in the
Marching on the Rhine
Prisoners of the Reich
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Max Hastings was a foreign correspondent and the editor of Britain’s Evening Standard and the Daily Telegraph. He has presented historical documentaries for BBC TV, and is the author of eighteen books, including Bomber Command, which earned the Somerset Maugham Award for nonfiction, The Korean War and Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy, 1944. He lives outside London.


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