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Description: The Last Battle : Paperback : Hachette Books : 9780306822964 : 0306822962 : 06 Nov 2015 : The true story of US & German soldiers fighting side by side in the final days of WWII. The Book Depository The Last Battle by Stephen Harding - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: T. Banks

Rating: 5

Review: The story of the battle for Schloss Itter in Austria in the closing days of WWII is, in my opinion one of the best kept secrets of the period. Stephen Harding's book sets the scene, and describes the players and the period in enough detail to be relevant and informative without becoming a struggle to read and digest. This is a rare skill in my experience. He paints the background to the castle Itter well, and tracks the journey of its prisoners as the war unfolds, and they make their way to their incarceration. The book also paints a fascinating picture of the military war outside the castle, and the political and personal war between the French VIPs inside the castle. As noted in the newspaper review excerpts on the cover, this is a story begging to be turned into a blockbuster film. A very readable book indeed.

 

Author: Wakeman

Rating: 3

Review: Mr Harding tells an interesting story, but not the one advertised. The backgrounds of the people held in a VIP POW camp are fascinating; well researched and thoroughly covering the murky world of French politics which had played a significant part in that country's defeat in 1940. However, that's not supposed to be the book's main narrative, at least as per the cover. When, after all that build-up, the actual capture of the Schloss is described, it is done in so few pages as to be almost desultory; an afterthought. It also wasn't really a battle, more a skirmish. The book is worth a read for an insight into pre-WWII French politicians and the intricacies of the fate of a very minor part of the Third Reich; just don't expect much action. I suspect that the author was after a film deal, but there's not enough material here for a decent script, let alone something of interest to a producer.

 

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