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March 1945. Allied troops are poised to cross the Rhine and sweep on into Germany. Victory is finally within their grasp. But if they believe this victory can be easily won, they face swift disillusionment. The final 100 days of the Second World War will prove to be bitterly and bloodily fought, village by village, town by town.

In Victory in the West 1945, acclaimed military historian Peter Caddick-Adams brings this closing stage of the Allies' fight against Nazi Germany brilliantly to life. He explores the immense challenges they faced in crossing the Rhine on a 300-mile front. He tells stories of individual acts of resolve and heroism, of often exhausted troops pressing forward attacks in the face of ferocious resistance. He recounts their shocked first encounters with the barbarities of Hitler's regime as they reached the gates of Buchenwald, Belsen and Dachau. And he goes behind the front line to analyse the strategic decisions made at Allied headquarters and to offer pin-sharp portraits of the military leaders.

Throughout he draws on a vast range of memoirs and personal interviews with survivors to give a vivid sense of what it was like to encounter enemy combatants and civilians face to face. Thoroughly enjoyable, this will be the standard work on the closing days of the Second World War for a generation.

©2022 Peter Caddick-Adams (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Magnificent

Peter manages to capture both the sweeping strategy of the campaign with the visceral personal testimonies in the same paragraph. Gripping stuff and I learned so much, even though I thought I knew a fair amount. The reader did very well too. Overall, one of the best audiobooks in a long while!

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Great listen!

A well written book, with fabulous detail, all performed by one of my favourite readers on audible; Peter Noble.

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A really worthwhile listen

Well informed, interesting, and a lot of information I'd never came across before. The narration was very good.

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Superb

Intensely moving. One could almost be present. The concentration/labour camp material brings tears. Brilliant narration.

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Fascinating book on an often over looked period of the Second World War

Fascinating book well read with difficult subjects excellently & sensitively handled. Well worth listening to as you will learn so much about the last 100 days of the war.

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Awesome

What an absolutely cracking book, for those who think they know 2WW this will show them an intense look at the last 100 days in the west. Fascinating book to listen to. Easy to dip in and out of if you listen during your morning commute. It left me with so many more things I want to know.

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Outstanding!

Absolutely gripping throughout. This account goes all the way from the rifleman to the strategic level. Hard to stop listening. Bravo to PCA!

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Majestic.

At first a little put off by the narrator’s strange mid-Atlantic accent I persevered to take a gripping, harrowing and immersive trip through the final days of the Second World War. A great work from a master storyteller, well done PCA!

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An outstanding record of the last 100 days of the war, detailed, informative, insightful, emotional and thought provoking. i highly recommended this as the definitive book of the end of the war in Europe

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I found this title poor, pompous and badly read, expected better, but i suppose i have been spoiled by M Hastings offerings. Will avoid this author from now on