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The Fall of Berlin 1945 by  Antony Beevor - Paperback - 2003 - from Companion Books and Biblio.com

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The Fall of Berlin 1945

by Beevor, Antony

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New York: Penguin, 2003. Book. Good. Trade Paperback. ISBN: 0-14-200280-1 Reading curve to the spine, light shelf wear; minor wrinkling to the upper margins of the first quarter of the book. Text is clean. 'Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred; more than seven million fled westward from the fury of the Red Army.' 489 pages..

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 1945 depicts 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 1945 promises to be the definitive treatment of the subject for years to come.




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