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The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson s acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War IIIt is the twentieth century s unrivaled epic at a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler In the first two volumes of his bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted how the American led coalition fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory Now he tells the most dramatic story of all the titanic battle for Western EuropeD Day marked the commencement of the final campaign of the European war, and Atkinson s riveting account of that bold gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows The brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Operation Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich all these historic events and come alive with a wealth of new material and a mesmerizing cast of characters Atkinson tells the tale from the perspective of participants at every level, from presidents and generals to war weary lieutenants and terrified teenage riflemen When Germany at last surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global conflagration and the enormous effort required to win the Allied victoryWith the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy, Atkinson s accomplishment is manifest He has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that unshackled a continent and preserved freedom in the Westtp uscmillan thegunsatlast

10 thoughts on “The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

  1. Matt Matt says:

    German machine guns with a sound one GI compared to a venetian blind being lifted up rapidly perforated the beach, killing the wounded and rekilling the dead All thirty two soldiers in one boat, LCA 1015, were slaughtered, including their captain A lieutenant shot in the brain continued to direct his troops until, a survivor recounted, he sat down and held his head in the palm of his hand before falling over dead Wounded men jabbed themselves with mor

  2. Tony Tony says:

    Okay, so I added a picture.In a drawer, in a sealable plastic bag, there are some memories a rough map of North Africa, a divisional flag, some medals, love letters with censored locations but uncensored passion There is a bright red Nazi armband complete with swastika which was always the hit at show and tell There was a Purple Heart, wisely, lovingly and perfectly bequeathed to a granddaughter as a prized possession.These were my father s things from

  3. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    An exceptional end to The Liberations Trilogy, The Guns at Last Light covers the Allied advance from OVERLORD on the Normandy beaches to the surrender on May 7 in Denmark and May 8 in Berlin As usual, Atkinson s text is dense, but full of the human stories of atrocity in warfare and elated feelings of victory The portraits of the major players Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Churchill, Montgomery, Patton, Bradley, etc are vivid and lifelike which help make the b

  4. Rick Riordan Rick Riordan says:

    Funny thing about Atkinson s writing Even after reading two extremely long volumes in his Liberation trilogy, I was compelled to jump straight into the third and final book as if I was desperate to find out the ending of the series Of course I knew the ending The Nazis lose Hooray The Guns at Last Light covers the most famous part of the war in Western Europe from the landings at Normandy through the liberation of France to the eventual surrender of Germ

  5. Phrodrick Phrodrick says:

    Before giving this review over to why this is a very worthy addition the many shelves of World War II military histories, let us try to understand what this book is not.Rick Atkinson s The Guns at Last Light is not a comprehensive , critical analysis of the last 340 days of the War in Europe It is, from beginning to end a purely American version of the events, with scant attention to the life or contributions of many allies and virtually no narrative assi

  6. Nathan Trachta Nathan Trachta says:

    A few years ago I picked up An Army at Dawn and was blown away Mr Atkinson opened an arena in history that had rarely been touched by historians, America s entry into WWII on the European theater What blew me away the most was his ability to tell the bigger picture and include the smaller picture of individual warriors tales Mr Atkinson continued his tale with The Day of Battle, treading onfamiliar territory and while not as spellbinding as An Army at Dawn

  7. Whitley Whitley says:

    I have just finished this extraordinary book I read a lot of history, and have read most of the large scale histories of World War II, including Rick Atkinson s two previous volumes, both of which were very skilled indeed If anything, the Guns at Last light goes even deeper, drawing the reader into a new level of understanding of the war The book is fine narrative history, but includes an attention to the detail of personal experience that sets it apart, br

  8. David Eppenstein David Eppenstein says:

    I have mentioned before that WWII is not a favorite subject of mine I have read several good books dealing with various theaters, engagements, and personages of that war but those have not been enough to really stir any deep desire to delve in detail in that war Last year I read an excellent book by Craig Symonds called WWII At Sea that introduced me to an entirely different way of understanding armed conflicts Now I have read this book and my interest in WW

  9. happy happy says:

    Mr Atkinson has completed his Liberation Trilogy in fine style This volume covers the liberation of France Germany from D Day thru to the end of the war He blends anecdotes from the lowest private to the highest general, facts and figures of the amount of material was consumed lost expended and the higher level tale of the battle to weave the tale of the fight in Northwest Europe that I found fascinating In the hands of a lesser writer, the statistics Mr.Atki

  10. Fergie Fergie says:

    This book is currently on the best seller list And, while I can understand why it s so popular Atkinson takes on the worthy task of explaining one of the most important times in world history , I don t see the appeal for probably the very same reasons people seem to love it the amount of detail that went into writing the book My father and I read this book at the same time The book is steeped in exacting facts Those very details are the reason why my dad loved

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