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From D-Day to V-E Day (World War II Chronicles) Hardcover – January, 2003
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Klam focuses on both the larger successes, such as the liberation of Italy, along with the specific critical engagements such as the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest, the Battle of the Bulge, and the capture of the Remagen bridge. The push into Germany covers the Rhine River crosses, the drive of Patton's Third Army through Germany, the Holocaust, the linkup of American and Soviet Troops. The final chapters are about the final drive to Berlin and V-E Day, as well as the war crimes trials at Nuremberg and a nice epilogue regarding the Marshall Plan, which gives the prime example of the United States engaging in rebuilding a nation after defeating it in war, a point that is particularly relevant today.
What young readers will find here is a bit more detail about World War II than they will find in their history textbooks. Klam covers both the big picture of what is happening in Europe and the key details (e.g., the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest). Those who have seen "Band of Brothers" will recognize Operation Market-Garden and other parts of the war. The book is illustrated with historic photographs from the period, mostly in black & white, including shots of a salt mine filled with Nazi loot and German citizens forced to view the bodies of Holocaust victims. The net result is that the World War II Chronicles provide a solid introduction to the history of World War II that will give young readers a good foundation for moving on to the next level of books on the topic.