The Day the War Ended

May 8, 1945 - Victory in Europe

Martin Gilbert

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One of Britain’s most acclaimed historians presents the experiences and ramifications of the last day of World War II in Europe

May 8, 1945, 23:30 hours: With war still raging in the Pacific, peace comes at last to Europe as the German High Command in Berlin signs the final instrument of surrender. After five years and eight months, the war in Europe is officially over.

This is the story of that single day and of the days leading up to it. Hour by hour, place by place, this masterly history recounts the final spasms of a continent in turmoil. Here are the stories of combat soldiers and ordinary civilians, collaborators and resistance fighters, statesmen and war criminals, all recounted in vivid, dramatic detail. But this is more than a moment-by-moment account, for Sir Martin Gilbert uses every event as a point of departure, linking each to its long-term consequences over the following half century. In our attempts to understand the world we inherited in 1945, there is no better starting point than The Day the War Ended.

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1940–1944
Victory-in-Europe Day was proclaimed and celebrated in Britain, the United States and Western Europe on 8 May 1945. In the Soviet Union the celebrations were held on the following day. Newspaper photographs of VE-Day show dancing in the streets, fireworks, illuminations and scenes of jubilation. These moments of exhilaration remain fixed in the minds of all who took part in them, a high point of relief and rejoicing after the hardships, sorrows and privations of war.
VE-Day was the focal point of celebration and memory, but for many people, both soldiers

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“The war did not end in a day, and this book stretches far beyond May 8. But Martin Gilbert . . . fills it with people who have a gift for expressing the weariness, apprehension, and thrill of the moment.” —The New York Times Book Review

“The reader is not likely to find a better snapshot of the people and the major events than that in The Day the War Ended.” —The Washington Post Book World

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Martin Gilbert

Martin Gilbert was knighted in 1995 “for services to British history and international relations.” Among his many books are The Righteous (0-8050-6261-0), The Holocaust (0-8050-3848-7), The Second World War (0-8050-1788-7), and Churchill: A Life (0-8050-2396-8). He lives in London, England.

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The Day the War Ended
May 8, 1945 - Victory in Europe
Martin Gilbert

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429900379
ISBN10: 1429900377
528 pages
$7.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
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February 2004
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ISBN: 9780805075274
ISBN10: 0805075275
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 528 pages, 4-8pp. b&w inserts
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