PDF or EBOOK The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe Ò William I. Hitchcock


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    William I. Hitchcock á 8 characters PDF or EBOOK The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe Ò William I. Hitchcock A very interesting balanced and at times confronting book that successfully tries to tackle the complex history of the liberation of Europe by the Allied powers I found the nuanced multi faceted well researched methodologically accurate and

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    PDF or EBOOK The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe Ò William I. Hitchcock Read & Download Ñ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF á William I. Hitchcock The thing about rating a book under such a limited system such as a star rating is that on a personal level one can rate a classic as much as an obscure history tome This is because in the end it is what one gets out of the book be it entertainment for the sheer enjoyment of a ripping yarn or for the information

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    review The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe William I. Hitchcock á 8 characters Read & Download Ñ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF á William I. Hitchcock Although I had a number of gripes about this book I ended up deciding that it was a pretty important book First the gripes1 In the preface he suggests that the reason European nations chose not to participate with the US in

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    PDF or EBOOK The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe Ò William I. Hitchcock William I. Hitchcock á 8 characters review The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe It's frankly impossible for anyone to understand and mentally process just how many people were irrevocably affected by the very act of Liberation in 1944 45 Whether it was due to the direct attack via bombings reprisals by retreating Fascist forces revenge taken by advancing Soviet forces or the sheer masses of displaced people POWs conscripted labor and those Jews who'd survived to see the end of the war suddenly fre

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    PDF or EBOOK The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe Ò William I. Hitchcock William I. Hitchcock á 8 characters review The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe Absolutely wonderful book showing the human cost paid by the people of Europe during the Liberation from Nazi Germany occupation and its aftermaths The book is organised in four parts liberation of the west France Belgium and Netherlands advance and victory in Germany inc Russian Army the return home of refugees and the war relie

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    PDF or EBOOK The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe Ò William I. Hitchcock A look at WWII from a non American point of view Instead of the typical We went over there helped stop the madness and lost so many

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    Read & Download Ñ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF á William I. Hitchcock William I. Hitchcock á 8 characters PDF or EBOOK The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe Ò William I. Hitchcock This rating is for the audiobookThe book was balanced and covered a topic of importance to anyone who wants to

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    review The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe PDF or EBOOK The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe Ò William I. Hitchcock William I. Hitchcock á 8 characters Author Hitchcock is like the coach who being the father of the starathlete on the team berates him continually to curry favor with theparents of the other less talented kids and to show he's really a fairguy The trials and tribulations of the peoples in German occupiedterritories during their liberation are the subject the Armies of theUSA and Britain are the whipping boys for the author'sself consciousness Th

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    PDF or EBOOK The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe Ò William I. Hitchcock A welcome corrective to the stale orgasmic patriotic narrative of World War 2 which sees America's boys white kick the shit outta them fascist dogs Oh wait Soviet casualties were 65 times that of America's? The Soviets basically destroyed the Nazi war machine? Just as many French civilians were killed by Alliedyes you r

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    PDF or EBOOK The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe Ò William I. Hitchcock Read & Download Ñ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF á William I. Hitchcock So often what we read when we read anything about the liberation of Europe in World War II is a story of heroics g

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The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe Read & Download ò 8 Americans are justly proud of the role their country played in liberating Europe from Nazi tyranny For many years we have celebrated the courage of Allied soldiers sailors and aircrews who defeated Hitler's regime and restored freedom to the continent But in recounting the heroism of the greatest generation Americans often overlook the wartime experiences of European people themselves the very people for whom the war was fought In this brilliant new book historian William I Hitchcock surveys the European continent from D Day to the final battles of the war and the first few months of the peace Based on exhaustive research in five nations and dozens of archives Hitchcock's groundbreaking account sh. The thing about rating a book under such a limited system such as a star rating is that on a personal level one can rate a classic as much as an obscure history tome This is because in the end it is what one gets out of the book be it entertainment for the sheer enjoyment of a ripping yarn or for the information that is learnt There have been plenty of fine books that I have learnt a lot from that I have rated highly but others have not Fine That is life But it has been an interesting read so far on goodreads as to how this book has been viewed For what it is worth I do not particularly agree with any of the criticism For a start I read that it was critical of the allies who were in fact the good guys Well yes and in my opinion not once did the author uestion the integrity of The Allies Several times he mentioned the good intentions of the allies be that the way they fought the Nazi s or how they liberated the camps such as Belsen In fact on page 423 of my copy William I Hitchcock writes with profound wisdom and sadness about the inability of the Allies to understand Jewish thinking as to their liberation and how it affected the future to this day with the issues that are the middle east As he wrote There is to be no new life but a conscious carrying of the recent past into the future The victims had had enough and with that were not going to be what the Allies wanted them be be it nice and friendly and clean and thankful for the US nor was it going to accept the British trials at Belsen as justice being seen to be done in a civilised manner Who needed civilised after what they had been through I for one do not understand that but then I have not had to live in my own excrement for months on end while being tormented by a most vicious regime Parts of the first hand accounts in this book bought me close to tears In some cases just for the naivety of the survivors The French Jewess returns to Paris to be met by her brother who asks where her luggage was Examples like this appear periodically and have made me realise that I too was as naive to the trials and tribulations of the displaced and I consider my self fairly well read on wartime history As to the civilians caught up in the cross fire could I have understood what it was like to see my neighbours dead Understood even being wounded in crossfire Understood undernourishment to the point of malnutrition Understood any part of these horrorsThis book deserves high ratings just because of it s humanitarian attempt to expose the destitution of those that deserved better Yes us allies did our best but be that as it may to be annoyed that we had criticism of our best is in my opinion disappointing in the least The author of this book is to be congratulated at his attempt to make a wider audience think about war as than a goodies and baddies situation This is a reference to a less than mature comment by the then leader of the opposition and now Prime Minister of Australia made in relation to the civil war in Syria

Read & Download Ñ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF á William I. HitchcockThe Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe

The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe Read & Download ò 8 Ows that the liberation of Europe was both a military triumph and a human tragedy of epic proportionsHitchcock gives voice to those who were on the receiving end of liberation moving them from the edge of the story to the center From France to Poland to Germany from concentration camp internees to refugees farmers to shopkeepers husbands and wives to children the experience of liberation was often difficult and dangerous Their gratitude was mixed with guilt or resentment Their lives were difficult to reassembleThis strikingly original multinational history of liberation brings to light the interactions of soldiers and civilians the experiences of noncombatants and the trauma of displacement and lo. Absolutely wonderful book showing the human cost paid by the people of Europe during the Liberation from Nazi Germany occupation and its aftermaths The book is organised in four parts liberation of the west France Belgium and Netherlands advance and victory in Germany inc Russian Army the return home of refugees and the war relief efforts UNRRA and finally the holocaust The author presents the material in a clear and organised manner each parts starts with a summary of the main events and then continues by meticulously detailing first hand evidence including reports correspondence diaries testimonies bringing to life the plight of the soldiers but importantly the one of the local population in occupied territoriesThere are hundreds of books dedicated to WWII what differentiate this one is its aim to present the often ignored view from the civilians perspective this uite different from the view from above the big picture of history books Highly recommended one of the best books I read so far this yearFav uotes The year 1945 taught Europeans a lesson they have never forgotten that a war of liberation is still a war and no matter how noble the cause mothers and children will die houses of worship will be burned disease will spread refugees will tramp the roads and then after all this horrors are over liberators and liberated alike will still face the hard work of constructing freedom and restoring human dignity by the time America entered the war in December 1941 two and half million Soviet soldiers had already been killed The point here is not to detract in any way from the American sacrifice but to explain why the Soviet soldiers that pushed into Germany in the spring of 1945 acted with such ferocity towards the German people Unlike American British or Canadian soldiers the men and women of the Red Army had tasted German occupation on their own homeland For Soviet citizens the war against Germany was something that could never be for their western comrades in arms as war of survival and in its final months of revengeThe returnees were treated with officiousness or as suspects they were met with some degrees of scorn as if time in wartime France had been harder that survival in a German camp their stories were brushed off as incredible exaggerated and in any case inappropriate now that the war was over and the time of restoration had begun

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The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe Read & Download ò 8 Ss amid unprecedented destruction This book recounts a surprising story often jarring and uncomfortable and one that has never been told with such richness and depthRanging from the ferocious battle for Normandy where as many French civilians died on D Day as US servicemen to the plains of Poland from the icy ravines of the Ardennes to the shattered cities and refugee camps of occupied Germany The Bitter Road to Freedom depicts in searing detail the shocking price that Europeans paid for their freedomToday with American soldiers once again waging wars of liberation in faraway lands this book serves as a timely and sharp reminder of the terrible human toll exacted by even the most righteous of wars. Author Hitchcock is like the coach who being the father of the starathlete on the team berates him continually to curry favor with theparents of the other less talented kids and to show he s really a fairguy The trials and tribulations of the peoples in German occupiedterritories during their liberation are the subject the Armies of theUSA and Britain are the whipping boys for the author sself consciousness The story is a valid and interesting one it s the tone thatgrates The modern template and expectations for warfare is usedthat of smart bombs through keyholes and no one hurt that isn ta bad guy that is expected of B 17s doing carpet bombing When the American soldiers take a town it is clumsily done The grasp on military events sometimes seems slim the author tellingus the Germans were well prepared for the attack at ArnhemNot in any book I ve ever read about it When the Western Allies pause in making a decision it s dithering which certainly contrasts with the Soviet pause outside of Warsaw whichled to the slaughter of the Polish Resistance is for strategic militaryreasons When B 24 Liberators bomb a Belgian town killing American soldiersas well as civilians Hitchcock calls the Liberator ill named Perhaps he s trying to be witty Of the over 18000 Liberators madeall flown by crews who I m certain would have rather been doingsomething else I m sure most earned the title Noting the civilian casualties in the West is grim however when thestory switches to the Eastern front where the Germans and Sovietsare grinding up thousands daily the protests of the Western occupiedterritories seem over stated There are some good stories in the book always something to learnThe jacket blurb says the author graduated from Yale and taught there6 years Mmmm the same Ivy League that graduated all those MBAsthat have the world in financial mess at the moment Maybe theteaching of history in the Northeast isn t fairing much better

  • Hardcover
  • 446
  • The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe
  • William I. Hitchcock
  • English
  • 23 July 2018
  • 9780743273817