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Berlin : The Final Reckoning

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In April 1945, the final dramatic act of World War II in Europe was played out in Germnay's capital city. Berlin 1945 - The Final Reckoning is a comprehensive history of the last battle of Nazi Germany, which would see the virtual destruction of a city, and the eventual suicide of Adolf Hitler. Berlin 1945: The Final Reckoning begins with a study of the background to the battle and a description of events on the Eastern and Western Fronts before the Soviet forces reached Berlin. The city's strategic importance to the German war effort and morale is considered, along with factors that caused the Western Allies to halt their advance on the Elbe rather than race the soviet troops to the Reichstag. The German forces available for Berlin's defence and their actual defensive preparations (or lack of them) are covered in depth, as is the devastating destruction caused by the ceaseless Allied bombing and remorseless shelling by the Soviet forces. The book describes in words and graphic pictures how, in a city reduced to rubble, a bitter hand-to-hand struggle developed between fanatical Nazis, SS troopers, old men and young boys of the Hitler Youth and the hard-bitten Soviet front-line troops bent on revenge. The suffering of the soldiers and civilians are revealed in full detail, with personal accounts from those involved in the battle. The book also describes the events in the bunker behind the Reichschancellery, where Hitler spent his last months. Finally the reader learns how German commanders disobey the Fuhrer's orders to fight to the last man, and the fate of the city was sealed. The final chapter discusses the full implications of the battle for the Germans and Soviets, and briefly describes the search for Hitler's body. Berlin 1945: The Final Reckoning is a brilliant, superbly illustrated account of the battle that ended the Nazi dream of a 100-year Reich.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 213 x 285 x 22.86mm | 793.79g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 200 b/w photos; 10 b/w maps
  • 1782741356
  • 9781782741350
  • 1,638,368

Table of contents

CHAPTER 1
Introduction

CHAPTER 2
The Race for the 'Main Prize'

CHAPTER 3
Gotterda mmerung in Berlin

CHAPTER 4
Preparing for the Battle

CHAPTER 5
Breakout from the Oder

Colour Plate Section I to XVI

CHAPTER 6
Berlin Breached

CHAPTER 7
Red Noose Around Berlin

CHAPTER 8
Hammer and Sickle over the Reichstag

CHAPTER 9
The End Comes

Orders of Battle
Index
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This book sets out to give the reader a well structured, easy-to-understand guide to one of the most important battles in history, and it does that job very well. ... So then, this book is both a good starting point for those wishing to learn about the battle, and a decent reference work for those who want it in shorthand. * History of War Magazine 04/09/2015 *
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About Karl Bahm

Karl Bahm has a Ph.D from the University of Chicago on Modern Central European History, and is a teaching member of the Department of History, Politics, and Society at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He has written numerous articles on German and Eastern European relations. He currently lives in Duluth, Minnesota.
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