BAOR zone in the closing weeks of the war?

#1
Gents
Now that BFG is closing, I find myself remembering my formative years out there and realise I have no idea what happened in the BOAR zone in the closing weeks of the war. I belive that many of the garrison towns we all know so well were taken by the Americans as the British army was to the North.

Can anyone recommend a book that covers this part of the war. I have read lots of excellent books about the break out from Normandy but have seen any about the fighting in Germany.

Many thanks FEASG
 
#2
Gents
Now that BFG is closing, I find myself remembering my formative years out there and realise I have no idea what happened in the BOAR zone in the closing weeks of the war. I belive that many of the garrison towns we all know so well were taken by the Americans as the British army was to the North.

Can anyone recommend a book that covers this part of the war. I have read lots of excellent books about the break out from Normandy but have seen any about the fighting in Germany.

Many thanks FEASG
I have just read this mate which gives a bit of an insight To the Victor the Spoils: Amazon.co.uk: Sean Longden: Books
 

Brotherton Lad

LE
Kit Reviewer
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Towards the final stages and below at endex:



and below the Zones as agreed. The UK and US withdrew from those parts of what became East Germany.





UK/US withdrew from the purple area which was part of the Soviet Occupied Zone (SOZ).:



Near Wittenberge well inside soon to be East Germany just at war's end:



The IX is presumably US XIX Corps.
 
#6
No Triumphant Procession: Forgotten Battles of April 1945 by John Russell is a good one, particularly for the area up and around Bergen-Hohne etc.
 
#7
Excellent! Thanks for all of your replies; I shall have a look at all your recommendations
 
#8
It's Holland rather than Germany but this unusual and I suspect not so well known account gives some idea of the fluid state of things immediately after the surrender.

Link
 
#9
Have a look at "Normandy to the Baltic by Field Marshall The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein"
 

seaweed

LE
Book Reviewer
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#11
Have a look at "Normandy to the Baltic by Field Marshall The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein"
Probably better to take a look at

White, Peter. With the Jocks: A Soldier´s Struggle for Europe 1944-45. Sutton Publishing, Stroud (GB), 2002. ISBN 0-7509-3057-8

He served as a platoon commander with 4 KOSB from Walcheren to Bremen and wrote a rather more "warts and all" account of war than you´ll get from Monty.

Seaweed´s suggestion is very good value as are

Kershaw, Ian. The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945. The Penguin Press, New York, 2011. ISBN 978-1-59420-314-5

Taylor, Frederick. Exorcising Hitler: The Occupation and Denazification of Germany. Bloomsbury, London, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4088-2212-8

If you read German, its well worth having a look at

Koop, Volker. Besetzt: Britische Besatzungspolitik in Deutschland. be.bra verlag, Berlin, 2007. ISBN 978-3-89809-076-6

It is actually one of a quartet of books Koop has written about all four occupation zones - the difference in approach of the 4 allies to "their" Germans is quite an eye-opener.

As is the following book

Lowe, Keith. Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II. Viking, London, 2012. ISBN 978-0-670-91746-4

which covers the turmoil in liberated Europe complete with ethnic cleansing, pogroms and population exchanges.
 

seaweed

LE
Book Reviewer
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