Five Days that Shocked the World

Five Days that Shocked the World

Eyewitness Accounts from Europe at the end of World War II

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  • Author: Nicholas Best
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 20 Mar 2012
  • Number of Pages: 320
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April 1945. The mutilated bodies of Mussolini and his mistress hang by their heels in Milan while a hostile crowd whistles and jeers. Desperate to avoid the same fate, Adolf Hitler leaves orders for his own body to be burned after his death. With the Russian Army closing in on Berlin and his world crashing in to flames, Germany's doomed leader would never allow his enemies the satisfaction of desecrating his corpse. This is the story of an immensely exciting few days, but it is also a snapshot of the whole world at the end of an extraordinary week. Nicholas Best tells a compelling tale of the men and women from all around the world who experienced the final chaotic days of World War II. Fast-paced, at times brutal and at others poignant, this page-turner of a book recreates the dying days of the Axis powers as the Allied armies closed in on Berlin.

Biographical Note

Nicholas Best grew up in Kenya, of Anglo-Irish origin, and was educated there, in England, and at Trinity College, Dublin. He served a spell in Britain's Grenadier Guards, during which he was airlifted to Belize to prevent its invasion by Guatemalan tanks an experience that gave him his first short story (in Penthouse) and a satirical novel Where were you at Waterloo? Thereafter he worked in London as a financial journalist before becoming a full time writer. He is the author of Happy Valley: the story of the English in Kenya, Tennis and the Masai (a comic novel later serialised on BBC Radio 4), and more than a dozen history books, including the critically acclaimed Trafalgar and The Greatest Day in History: How the Great War Really Ended. His work has been translated into several foreign languages. He has written also for BBC radio, the Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Sunday Times and the Times Literary Supplement etc. He lives in Cambridge, England.


Chapter 1: The Death of Mussolini
Chapter 2: In Berlin
Chapter 3: Himmler sues for peace
Chapter 4: Nazis on the run
Chapter 5: Chaos in Italy
Chapter 6: Himmler looks to the stars
Chapter 7: Belsen
Chapter 8: Operation Manna
Chapter 9: Dachua
Chapter 10: The United Nations
Chapter 11: Assault on the Reichstag
Chapter 12: Curtain call for Lord Haw Haw
Chapter 13: The Americans take Munich
Chapter 14: Italy
Chapter 15: Hitler goes to Valhalla
Chapter 16: The Germans want to talk
Chapter 17: The Nazis regroup
Chapter 18: May Day in Russia
Chapter 19: Operation Chowhound
Chapter 20: Dönitz speaks to the nation
Chapter 21: The news is out
Chapter 22: The Nazis consider their position
Chapter 23: Surrender in Italy
Chapter 24: Berlin Falls
Chapter 25: Now that the Führer has gone
Chapter 26: Germany surrenders

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