The Fall of Berlin, 1945

The Fall of Berlin, 1945

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Acclaimed for his vivid re-creations of some of the twentieth century's most significant battles, Antony Beevor is one of the best known and respected military historians writing today. He now offers readers a gripping, street-level portrait of the harrowing days of January 1945 in Berlin when the vengeful Red Army and beleaguered Nazi forces clashed for a final time. The result was the most gruesome display of brutality in the war, with tanks crushing refugee columns, mass rapes, pillage, and destruction. Hundreds of thousands of German civilians froze to death or were massacred because Nazi officials had forbidden their evacuation. Hitler, half crazed in his bunker, issued wild orders while Stalin was prepared to risk any number of his men to seize the city before the other Allies could get there. Making full use of newly disclosed material from former Soviet files as well as from German, American, British, French, and Swedish archives, Beevor has reconstructed the different experiences of those millions caught up in the death throes of the Third Reich. The Fall of Berlin 1945depicts not only the brutality and desperation of a city under siege but also rare moments of extreme humanity and heroism. This account also contains new revelations about the motives behind Stalin's hurried assault. Sure to appeal to all readers interested in military history and the Second World War, The Fall of Berlin 1945promises to be the definitive treatment of the subject for years to come.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2002
ISBN: 9780670030415
Branch Call Number: 943.1 BEE
Characteristics: xxxvii, 489 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill., maps, ports. ;,25 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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