Mark Barnes, a librarian at The Times, is a newspaper veteran with over forty years' experience. He has spent much of that time working in picture libraries where he is able to combine his passion for photography and military history. As a writer, he has contributed to a range of publications and television programmes. He has also held the role of reviews editor for War History Online since 2012.
...Mark Barnes, a librarian at The Times, has taken on the mammoth job of compiling these photographs from The Times photo archives to create an incredible photographic history of the campaign from D-Day to Berlin. ...This is simply a must-have for anyone interested in The Second World War. Best of WW2 Whether or not one prefers to eschew text and actual reading in order to just look at the pictures, this volume is recommended. New York Journal of Books This is a beautifully produced book full of evocative images. -- Gil Dowdall-Brown Casemate Journal - Fortress Study Group Each photograph carries a detailed caption, and the author has done a remarkable job gathering together these images. An excellent book in which the pictures tell the story. -- Simon Doughty Guards Magazine The images in this book may be static but they still have the power to move. -- Tim Williamson History of War Magazine A highly interesting volume. -- Richard Baber MWBG Richard Baber The Liberation of Europe is a considerable volume, containing 400 images, many of which have been rarely seen, but the key strength is the work Mark Barnes has put in to ensure the captions are intelligent, accurate, and interesting - not an easy task when often the information was scant. This is an excellent addition to the photographic history of the Second World War, and if you have an interest in the NW Europe campaign of 1944-45, I would strongly recommend it. -- Matthew Smaldon Recollections of World War II is essential reading for everyone interested in World War II and the history of Europe...and illustrates the enormity of war and the burgeoning relief of liberation in a way that mere words cannot achieve. Stunning. -- Paul Norman Books Monthly All in all a great collection of photos which have until now remained hidden away in archives and some of the content is ideal for modellers looking for some extra detail references. -- Robin Buckland Military Model Scene Barnes's book is clearly a labour of love, a product of painstaking work trawling though archives...that present a striking pictorial tour of the events of the war's final year. -- Alicea Francis All About History This is an excellent book of photos documenting the campaign across western Europe from the invasion to the eventual victory over Nazi Germany. The photos chosen show the various aspect of this extremely well. Highly recommended. -- Mike Williams Britmodeller.com Lots of details for the model-maker here. Altogether an excellent book well worth the asking price. -- Andy Evans Scale Military Modeller International The Liberation of Europe, containing over 400 images, not only gives a succinct and expert overview of the North West Europe campaign, but also presents world history on a grand scale and is essential reading for everyone interested in World War II and the history of Europe. -- Will Carleton PhotoArchiveNews This work is authoritative, informative, visually impressive and an important addition to our Second World War literature. As such it should appeal to a wide and diverse readership and is thoroughly recommended. -- David Stone David J.A. Stone, British military historian, author and former soldier