The Guns at Last Light

The Guns at Last Light

The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
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Tells the dramatic story of the titanic battle for Western Europe from D-Day to the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich.
This book is the magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson's acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II. It 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 Europe. D-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 more 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 victory. With 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 West. - Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805062908
Branch Call Number: 940.5421 ATKINSO
Characteristics: xiii, 877 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.


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Oct 23, 2013

I am an American negro, doing my part for the American government to make the world safe for a democracy I have never known.

Oct 23, 2013

that in trading with the Russians you had to buy the same horse twice.

Oct 23, 2013

Winter always seemed to catch the US Army by surprise.

Oct 23, 2013

Reuniting a dead man and his name was the last great service that could be rendered a comrade gone west.

Oct 23, 2013

Paratroopers quipped that Montgomery was "too busy fighting Eisehower to fight the Germans."

Oct 15, 2013

We buried him darkly at dead of night ... We left him alone with his glory.

Oct 15, 2013

Man can not tell, but Allah knows/ How much the other side was hurt.


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Feb 10, 2016

With The Guns at Last Light, Rick Atkinson brings his Liberation Trilogy about the Second World War to a close (see An Army at Dawn and The Day of Battle ) This work covers from the invasion of France until the surrender of Germany. The campaign was a mixture of grand dashes across France into Germany and painful slogs in places like the bocage of Northwest France and forests like the Huertgen which chewed up men and equipment. Included was the pursuit of objectives which seem unnecessary in hindsight and leaders who spent as much time fighting among themselves as they did the enemy. In his Epilogue, Atkinson poignantly relates that the survivors of these events are now quietly taken their leave of us

May 13, 2014

Magnificent, Atkinson never disappoints. The scope of this war was mind boggling. 1115 pages and a cast of millions.

KEVIN DOWD Jan 22, 2014

A massive tome of information and description. Spiced with really sharp discussions of command flaws and people flaws...

good rundown on the supply situation and the much maligned Gen Lee. Nice writeup on Market Garden. good details on the failure to clear the Scheldt and the weakness of the Canadians at this point.

good balance between US forces and Commonwealth forces.. fair evaluation of the French.

May 18, 2013

An outstanding conclusion to a remarkable series. Highly highly recommended.


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Oct 31, 2014

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