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.
Contents: 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
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: 940.5421 A
Characteristics: xiii, 877 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780805062908


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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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