1st ed., 1985. 223 pp., frontis., + numerous cold., + b&w photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 28 x 20cm. Small repair to top of d.j., o/w V.G. On May 8th 1945 the Second World War came to an end in Europe. This book is a powerful commemoration of that time describing the closing stages of the war from July 1944 when the bomb plot against Hitler so narrowly failed, the celebrations of VE day itself, and the immediate post-war period. Drawing on personal accounts of civilians and combatants and 250 illustrations and photographs, some of which are in colour, this is probably the most vivid portrait of this period ever published.