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Endgame 1945 - Victory, Retribution, Liberation

By: David Stafford (583/35737)
Publisher : Little Brown ISBN: 978-0-316-72794-5

Endgame 1945: the dramatic dying moments of Hitler's Fascist project play out across Europe. The Fuhrer commits suicide in his bunker beneath the ruins of Berlin; Mussolini is executed and his body displayed in Milan; while Himmler and the other leading Nazis flee for their lives.

Only now can the Allies see fully the terrible machinery of the Final Solution, the death camps, mass graves and looted treasures. And people everywhere are still suffering in their millions.

In this remarkable account of life after victory in Europe, David Stafford looks behind the headlines of history and uncovers the stories of those, soldier and civilian alike, who have lived through the Second World War and must now endure the daily horrors and hardships of its aftermath. British intelligence officer Geoffrey Cox fights doggedly alongside Italian and Yugoslav partisans in northern Italy. Fred Warner, a refugee from Nazi Germany, parachutes into Austria to assist in Allied counter-sabotage operations. Robert Reid, a leading BBC journalist of the day, reports from Buchenwald. And Fey von Hassell, a German mother separated from her children in the camps, sets out on a heartbreaking mission to find them.

David Stafford has created an unforgettable panorama of the defeat of Fascism, of ordinary men and women and extraordinary valour, and of Europe in every way tested to its limits. Endgame 1945 is the final chapter of war.

December 2007

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