Countdown to Victory: The Final European Campaigns of World War II

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In most accounts of World War II, the last six months of fighting in Europe are tucked into an epilogue. After the Battle of the Bulge, the Nazis are assumed to be as good as defeated. In fact, they fought to their last breath. In the Hürtgen Forest, in the Po Valley of Italy, and in the German industrial heartland of the Ruhr, the Allies suffered horrific losses.

Drawing on never-before-published sources, Barry Turner captures the thrill of victory, the despair of defeat, and the staggering human costs of war. From the grunts on the ground to the machinations of generals and statesmen and the daily miseries of civilians caught in the crossfire, Turner brings this critical chapter of World War II searingly and indelibly to life.

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Barry Turner was educated at the London School of Economics and London Institute of Education. He has been a full-time writer for twenty years, and has been a regular guest on television and radio programs in the UK, mainly for commentary on the arts and education.

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Contrary to popular misconceptions, some of the bitterest, bloodiest fighting on the western front came months after the breakout from the Normandy beachhead. Turner, a writer and television commentator, is not a military specialist. So he wisely tells his story with heavy reliance on the memoirs and recollections of those who planned and participated in the campaigns as well as those civilians who endured as destruction and even starvation raged. The result is an engrossing and frequently surprising saga. Those looking for comradeship and heroism will be disappointed. Soldiers, both Allied and German, seemed to be driven primarily by the desire to survive. When he examines the command structure, Turner is fair but unsparing in revealing the strengths and weaknesses of various personalities. While acknowledging that disagreements between Allies were inevitable, Turner reveals just how petty supposedly strong personalities like Montgomery and Patton could be as they nursed their personal rivalries and resentments. This informative study will be an excellent addition to military history collections. Jay Freeman
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