ISBN 9781848544956,After Hitler: The Last Days of World War Two in Europe

After Hitler: The Last Days of World War Two in Europe


Michael Jones


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ISBN 9781848544956

Hodder & Stoughton

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9781848544956

ISBN-10 1848544952


Number of Pages 400 Pages
Language (English)


The fascinating and little-known history of the last days of the Second World War in Europe.
On 30 April 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide. The following day, his propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels also killed himself and the crumbling Third Reich passed to Admiral Karl D?nitz. The Nazis position seemed hopeless. Yet remarkably, the war in the rest of Europe went on for another ten days. After Hitler looks at these days as a narrative day-by-day countdown but also as a broader global history of a European war that had seen some of the most savage battles in history. Relations between the Big Three-the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union-suddenly plunged to near breaking point. This book reveals that tumultuous story. After Hitler also looks at the wider canvas of the war and the terrible humanitarian catastrophe uncovered in Europe. It describes those who felt the joy of freedom, but also those who faced a highly uncertain future. As Red Army soldiers joined forces with their British and American allies, Stalins East finally came face to face with Churchills and Trumans West. After Hitler tells of their growing mistrust, but also of moments of remarkable goodwill and co-operation-the brief but poignant hope that these great nations could together fashion a new and safer future. This is a fascinating exploration of the brief but crucial period that shaped the emerging post-war world.
About the Author: Michael Jones
Michael Jones was awarded a history PhD by Bristol University, and subsequently taught at Glasgow University and Winchester College. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History, and works now as a writer, media consultant and presenter. He has written books on the battles of Bosworth, Agincourt, Stalingrad and Leningrad, and most recently The Retreat: Hitlers First Defeat. For the last few years he has conducted battlefield tours of the Eastern Front.