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As much of Europe lay in ruins in the spring of 1945 the victorious Allied armies secured the peace and began the arduous task of rebuilding everything from industry, homes, infrastructure to civil administration, road ways, transportation and agriculture. This peroid after the war was viewed as more difficult than fighting the War itself. How did the Americans, French and British occupying forces accomplish such a monumental task? This brilliant book in the Time-Life series on World War II explains in layman terms how the Allied forces achieved the impossibe, while the Red Army of Soviet Russia interfered and provoked a new world order under communism. Anyone who cares to understand what happened in Germany after the War ended, from 1945-1949 should read this book. There are dozens of side bar stories and anecdotal accounts of what day to day life was like after the War ended in May, 1945, not to mention glorious photographs of life amidst the wreckage. As one historian said,"Europe at the end of the War was half junk yard, half grave yard." Get this book if you need a general, well rounded knowledge of the Aftermath-Europe.
Having started receiving these books in first-print during the early 80's, it was good to be able to find the remaining volumes of this great series from Time-Life. I have never been disappointed in any of the books in this series and I found this book quite interesting. It gives in one volume a good summarization of events in Europe after the war ended. By no means will it make the reader an instant subject matter expert but it will provide the reader with good facts regarding the chaos and great uncertainty that followed the fall of Germany. A must-have edition for fans of this series! The book was in excellent condition upon arrival.