Valhalla Finale - Das Ende des II. Weltkrieges

Valhalla Finale - Das Ende des II. Weltkrieges
From the preface of Dan O'Brien (current 11th Armored Division Association President, photographs of this unit are heavily presented in this book):

In 1945, American intelligence officers debated a "Valhalla Finale" in the Danube region. General George Smith Patton was pacing the floor as his men seized the "Regensburg-Passau-Linz Corridor". To indicate the complex operations, Valhalla Finale features photographic impressions from Bavaria"s border with Czechoslovakia and Austria. It reflects individual memories and the enormous power that American commanders applied with such remarkable restraint.

During combat, most soldiers neither owned nor carried a camera, film was hard to come by, and official images were divided among many locations. Fortunately, General Stanley Eric Reinhart, Jr., whose father captured Regensburg and Passau before he was appointed Military Governor of Upper Austria, was among those who offered his private treasure trove.

Granting a greater public access to combined sources allows veterans to relive their own history, and civilians glimpses at a past they might have few clues about until reading the book.

Readers can follow American soldiers from Camp Lucky Strike in France to Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. In hundreds of previously unpublished photos from 1945, they see them marching, build bridges, evacuate casualties, take prisoners and help rebuilding a country.

Author: Anna Rosmus
Pages: 348
Language: Bilingual, English/German
Edition: 1
Year of publication: 2010
Dimensions: 29,5 x 21cm
Binding: Hardcover
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