1st ed., 1995. Xxi + 473 pp., 62 photo & other plates + 15 maps. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. This is the story of VE-Day, May 8, 1945, and of the events which led up to it. Hour by hour, place by place the author recounts the final spasms of continental turmoil. From all over the world hundreds of soldiers, sailors, airmen, combatants, civilians, prisoners of war, resistance fighters, liberators, the liberated and the defeated wrote to the author of their experiences of VE-Day. This book weaves their wide-ranging and moving accounts, as well as archival material, much of it published here for the first time, and contemporary newspaper reports, to recreate a dramatic chronology of the ending of the war. Furthermore, the author uses many of the events of May 8 as points of departure, pointing to their consequences over the next fifty years and mapping the world that was to come.