Liberation: The Bitter Road to Freedom, Europe 1944-1945

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The traditional image of Europe in 1945 is of grateful civilians showering soldiers with flowers. In reality, liberation was a violent and chaotic process. Using first-hand accounts, this text shows that the motives and behaviour of the Allied forces were far from noble.

ISBN: 9780571227730 Author: Hitchcock, William I. Publisher: Faber and Faber Publication Date: 3rd September 2009 Imprint: Faber & Faber Cover: Paperback Dewey: 940.5312 (edition:22) Pages: 446 Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

The traditional image of Europe in 1945 is of grateful civilians showering soldiers with flowers and dancing in the streets. In reality, liberation was an extraordinarily violent and chaotic process. Using first-hand accounts, Hitchcock describes the catastrophic effects of invasion on Northern France, Belgium and Holland, the huge civilian death tolls from indiscriminate bombing, with towns destroyed and crops burnt. He shows that the motives and behaviour of the Allied forces were far from noble; they frequently abused power and authority, looted homes and sexually assaulted women. Hitchcock also writes about the discovery of the major concentration camps, and the often shocking lack of empathy shown by its liberators. Lucid and compelling, Liberation explores the paradoxes of ‘the good war’, its glories and its horrific human costs.

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