By Jeff Shaara

Not less than Victory is the crowning fulfillment in grasp storyteller Jeff Shaara’s hovering global battle II trilogy, revealing the ecu war’s unforgettable and harrowing ultimate act.

After the luck of the Normandy invasion, the Allied commanders are buoyantly convinced that the conflict in Europe could be over in an issue of weeks, that Hitler and his battered military haven't any different choice than quit. yet regardless of the recommendation of his most sensible army minds, Hitler will listen no speak of defeat. In mid-December 1944, the Germans release a determined and ruthless counteroffensive within the Ardennes wooded area, completely incredible the unprepared americans who stand of their means. throughout the frigid snows of the mountainous terrain, German tanks and infantry fight to gain Hitler’s target: divide the Allied armies and trap the important port at Antwerp. The assault succeeds in beginning up a large hole within the American traces, and for days chaos reigns within the Allied command. hence starts the conflict of the Bulge, the final gasp by means of Hitler’s forces that turns into a bad slugging fit, the most brutal combating of the warfare. As American commanders reply to the beautiful problem, the German spear is eventually blunted.

Though a few within the Nazi internal circle proceed the struggle to safe Germany’s postwar destiny, the Führer makes it transparent that he's battling to the top. he'll spare nothing–not even German lives–to protect his twisted imaginative and prescient of a “Thousand 12 months Reich.” yet in may well 1945, the German military collapses, and with Russian troops last in, Hitler commits suicide. because the americans sweep in the course of the German nation-state, they abruptly come upon the worst of Hitler’s crimes, the focus camps, and younger GIs locate themselves soaking up firsthand the horrors of the Holocaust.

Presenting his riveting account throughout the eyes of Eisenhower and Patton and the younger GIs who fight face-to-face with their enemy, and during the eyes of Germany’s outdated soldier, Gerd von Rundstedt, and Hitler’s golden boy, Albert Speer, Jeff Shaara includes the reader on a trip that defines the spirit of the soldier and the horror of a madman’s goals. No below Victory additional solidifies Shaara’s popularity as this era’s such a lot complete writer of historic army fiction.

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But our faces were so black that our teeth shone unnaturally white. A bomb had broken through the thick masonry and had exploded in a neighbouring cellar. We would probably not have got off so lightly had not the filing cabinets protected us. We now discussed why the enemy was constantly bombarding this building so precisely. His determination seemed suspicious. ‘There must be an aiming point here somewhere,’ said Vedenitshev. ‘The Germans know there are headquarters here. ’ Several soldiers set off immediately to search every corner of the extensive cellars.

We read this telegram with mixed feelings. On one side we were happy and proud about the honourable task, but on the other side we were peeved that our tank army was to be committed like a normal formation. We had no idea yet what awaited a tank army in street fighting. But the feeling of pride won the upper hand. With the elements of the 29th Guards Rifle Corps, we had already penetrated the suburbs of Berlin on the 21st April. The tanks thrust forward. Our longed-for goal came ever closer. But the nearer we got, the more bitter the fighting became.

Ivanov climbed aboard, extinguished the fire and checked the condition of the machine. The tank was only slightly damaged, the engine and controls being intact. The clever sergeant got into the driving seat and drove the tank out of the zone of fire. I ordered my radioman to connect me with Babadshanian. Colonel Vedenitshev reported back and informed me that Babadshanian had decided to advance not only along the streets but also through the U-Bahn tunnels. The storm troops were involved in heavy fighting with every individual building.

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