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SUMMER OF '45: Stories and Voices From VE Day to VJ Day
Bibliophile price: £1.25
On 8th May 1945 Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister, announced to waiting crowds that the Allies had accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany and that the War in Europe was over. For the next two days, people around the world celebrated but the summer of 1945 was fraught with difficulties and violence. Our book is 'a people's history', gathering voices from all levels of society and around the world to explore four months that would dictate the order of the world for decades to come. Quoting from generals, world statesmen, infantrymen, prisoners of war, journalists, civilians and neutral onlookers, here are memories of who danced alongside Princess Elizabeth and Margaret outside Buckingham Palace on that first night of peace, reactions of the vanquished and those faced with the rebuilding of a shattered Europe, the 'Forgotten Army' still battling against the Japanese in the East, the election of Clement Attlee's reforming Labour government, the beginnings of what would become the Iron Curtain and testimony from the first victims of nuclear warfare in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Chapters include The Future of a Ruined Germany, The Potstam Conference, From Belsen to Vichy: Justice and Revenge and Demob Happy. 311pp, 16 pages of photos, some harrowing.

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