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The Guns At Last Light : The War In Western Europe, 1944-1945 (2013)
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Adult Nonfiction940.5421/ATKINSON,RDue 11-28-14
Published: New York, N.Y. : Henry Holt and Co., c2013
Series: Atkinson, Rick. Liberation trilogy, , Book 3
Edition:  1st ed
Description:  xiii, 877 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9780805062908, 0805062904,
Language:  English


Tells the dramatic story of the titanic battle for Western Europe from D-Day to the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich



Invasion. The far shore ; First tide ; Hell's Beach ; A conqueror's paradise -- Lodgement. "This long thin line of personal anguish" ; A gunman's world ; Terror is broken by terror ; How easy it is to make a ghost -- Liberation. A monstrous blood-mill ; The bright day grew dark ; Ministers of thy chastisement ; The loveliest story of our time -- Pursuit. "The huntsman is hungry" ; The Avenue of Stenches ; "Harden the heart and let fly" -- Against the West Wall. "Five barley loaves and three small fishes" ; Every village a fortress ; A market and a garden ; The arrow that flieth by day -- The implicated woods. Charlemagne's tomb ; "Do not let us pretend we are all right" ; The worst place of any -- The flutter of wings. A town too small for the tragedy ; Faith in a friendly universe ; To the land of doom ; "Providence decrees and we must obey" -- A winter shadow. "We are all so human that it is pitiful" ; Staking everything on one card ; The light line ; "Go easy, boys. There's danger ahead" -- The Bulge. A rendezvous in some flaming town ; "Why are you not packing?" ; War in the raw ; Glory has its price ; The agony grapevine -- Argonauts. Citizens of the world ; A fateful conference ; "Only are eyes are alive" -- Crossings. The inner door to Germany ; Two if by sea ; "The enemy has reason to fear him" ; Lovers' quarrels are a part of love -- Victory. Mark of the Beast ; Dragon country ; "God, where are You?" ; A great silence

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Benefits from 70 years of analysis and study



“The Guns At Last Light” benefits from 70 years of analysis and study, with facts like the “typical soldier stood five feet eight inches tall and weighed 144 pounds…”

 

Atkinson’s in-depth coverage of the wrangling between Eisenhower and Montgomery was tedious, but then again, so was Monty.

 

Just like a survey course, by necessity, the book rushes over major campaigns.  For more detailed and contemporaneous treatment of important campaigns of the European Theater of WW II, read ”The Last 100 Days" and “Battle: The Story of the Bulge” by John Toland, as well as “The Last Battle”, “A Bridge Too Far,” and “The Longest Day: 6 June 1944 D-Day” by Cornelius Ryan.


 
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