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Berlin : The Downfall 1945

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Berlin: The Downfall 19145 is Antony Beevor's brilliant account of the fall of the Third Reich. The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January 1945. Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality. The result was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known, with tanks crushing refugee columns under their tracks, mass rape, pillage and destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred because Nazi Party chiefs, refusing to face defeat, had forbidden the evacuation of civilians. Over seven million fled westwards from the terror of the Red Army. Antony Beevor reconstructs the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse, telling a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanatacism, revenge and savagery, but also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice and survival against all odds.show more

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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 40mm | 399.16g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 49 photos.
  • 0141032391
  • 9780141032399
  • 90,340

About Antony Beevor

Anthony Beevor was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst. A regular officer in the 11th Hussars, he served in Germany and England. He has published several novels, and his works of non-fiction include The Spanish Civil War; Crete: The Battle and the Resistance, which won the 1993 Runciman Award; Stalingrad; Berlin: The Downfall, 1945; D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, which won the 2010 Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature; and Ardennes 1944. With his wife, Artemis Cooper, he wrote Paris after the Liberation: 1944-1949. Stalingrad was awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the Wolfson History Prize and the Hawthornden Prize in 1999. Berlin: The Downfall, 1945 was also a number-one bestseller and has been translated into twenty-four languages. A former chairman of the Society of Authors, he has received four honorary doctorates and a fellowship from King's College London and is a visiting professor at the University of Kent. He has received the Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, the Medlicott Medal for services to history, was made Commander of the Order of the Crown by the Belgian Government, and is and a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. Beevor was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for services in support of Armed Forces Professional Development.show more

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Fascinating, extraordinary, gripping Jeremy Paxman This brilliant storyteller makes us feel the chaos and the fear as if every drop of blood was our own. It is much more than just a humane account; it is compellingly readable, deeply researched, and beautifully written -- Simon Sebag Montefiore Spectatorshow more

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Fascinating, extraordinary, gripping Jeremy Paxmanshow more

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