The War in Western Europe 1944-1945

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rick Atkinson discusses the final book of his acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II. The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe 1944-1945, tells the story of the titanic battle for Western Europe:  D-Day, the brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Operation Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally into the heart of the Third Reich.


Rick Atkinson

Comments [4]


During Battle of the Bulge Germans had to siphon gas for their tanks from captured American vehicles. This was because the Soviets occupied Romania and had cut of German supply of oil.

Lopate is incorrect that it was D-Day that made fall of Germany certain. It was certain after the battle of Stalingrad - early 1943.

May. 30 2013 12:57 PM

I'm only through the first few chapters, but doesn't appear that Rick has used any German sources; if not, why?

Rockaway NJ

May. 30 2013 12:34 PM

"... the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich."

I always thought it was the Soviets who took Berlin...

Is it true that Germans preferred to surrender to Allies, not the Soviets, and, thus, did not fight too hard in order to get a more lenient treatment?

Was liberation of Western Europe not from the Nazi Germany, but from the coming Red Army? Does not this explain Allies late opening of the "second front" against Germany?

Was Operation Valkyrie - the plot to assassinate Hitler - part of the effort to make a separate peace with Allies and join forces against the Soviets? Was it because the assassination failed this separate peace did not materialize?

Questions, questions....

May. 30 2013 12:13 PM
Ed from Larchmont

I know a man who was in Czechoslovakia in 1944-45 and was under artillery fire there, it was winter. Would the shells have come from the Germans or the Russians?

May. 30 2013 05:35 AM

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