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Till Victory (Hardback)

The Second World War By Those Who Were There

Colour Books Military Photographic Books WWII

By Clement Horvath
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 376
Illustrations: 500 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526782731
Published: 17th November 2020




Article: 'Always remember, local man's war stories told in new book' - Connecticut Prime Time, May 2021

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From the mountains of Italy to the beaches of Normandy, and from the deserts of North Africa to the ruined cities of Germany, experience the history of the Second World War in Western Europe from 1939-1945 in an entirely different way.

Using unpublished letters and diaries, follow the journeys of some fifty Allied soldiers (American, British, French, Canadian…) as they liberate the continent from Nazi rule, sometimes at the cost of their own lives. Arranged in chronological order and placed in historical context, their stories and letters are illustrated with many personal photographs, war memorabilia and original uniforms.

Having miraculously escaped wartime censorship, these new first-hand testimonies are transcribed as is, whether they come from an elite soldier, a combat medic or a USO dancer. These poignant writings, completed in the mud of the European battlefields, reveal the hopes, doubts and fears of these young people sent to hell, making Till Victory first and foremost a book about peace.

Winner - Journals, Memoirs and Letters

Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Awards 2021

A work that has earned a special place in our library.

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Miniaturas JM

This book is based on the previously unpublished letters and diaries of those who fought, a valuable source material. Original source material is vital to those researching military history but it is also fascinating reading – Very Highly Recommended

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It's important to record the testimonies of those who went before, more so - arguably - from those who found themselves in extraordinary situations. Clement Horvath's re-telling of aspects of the Second World War by those who were there is a worthy addition to WW2 narratives and the book is lavishly produced and well-illustrated.

Paul Nixon

Always remember: Local man's war stories told in new book

Connecticut Prime Time, May 2021

The author has added his portions of the content in a very human way rather than just relaying facts to the reader; the result is that I found myself looking forward to his content as much as that taken from the letters and the stories of those that survived World War 2. The result is a book that brings you close to and makes you think about what these people did and in too many cases what the cost of it was.

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Military Times

This is an excellent book if you enjoy personal stories and collections... This book gets a very positive 4.5 out of 5 stars from me.

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UK Historian

A well researched and thoughtfully written book with a lot of detail of life in wartime which will not be apparent to the modern or younger reader. The way the book is structured means that it's possible to dip in and out reading one campaign or story at a time.

If you are interested in biographical stories then this book gets the full 5 mushrooms.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

A special look at the personal records in diaries etc., of the men and women who served during the second world war, and how they saw things progressing as the war wound down. Absolutely fascinating testimony from the people who were actually involved.

Books Monthly

Editor's Choice

If ever there was a love letter to the hobby of militaria collecting, this is it… With artefacts, stories, re-enactors, locations, ephemera, medals and all the other things that collectors love to collect scattered throughout history, you have a tremendous and visually fantastic look at the war through the eyes of veterans and collectors alike.

The Armourer, March 2021

Definitely a very personal account and extremely absorbing.

Review by Andy Thomson
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About Clement Horvath

French author Clement Horvath insists that he shouldn't be considered as an historian, but simply a history buff. Nevertheless, he has combined his expertise in images and digital tools with his 15-year collection of letters and relics from the Second World War to conduct his research and carry out his ambitious project from A to Z, in complete independence. All these years of hard work and passion have made his book Till Victory an award-winning bestseller in France.

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