The Fall Of Berlin, 1945

The Fall Of Berlin, 1945

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"A tale drenched in drama and blood, heroism and cowardice, loyalty and betrayal."--Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Third Reich in January 1945. Frenzied by their terrible experiences with Wehrmacht and SS brutality, they wreaked havoc--tanks crushing refugee columns, mass rape, pillage, and unimaginable destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women are children froze to death or were massacred; more than seven million fled westward from the fury of the Red Army. It was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known.

Antony Beevor, renowned author of D-Day and The Battle of Arnhem , has reconstructed the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse. The Fall of Berlin is a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanaticism, revenge, and savagery, yet it is also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice, and survival against all odds.
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2003.
ISBN: 9780142002803
Characteristics: xxxvii, 489 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.


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Nov 16, 2016

Excellent readable history. I like that it is super accessible, while also providing a dense bibliography for more academic sources if required.

Aug 19, 2013

Excellent book like all of A. Beevor's historical works. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

Nov 15, 2012

Very readable like most of Beevor's books. Some not frequently recounted details of the Soviet advance through Poland and Pomerania. Recommended for those interested in the final collapse of Hitler's Reich.

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