Covering the months from January to May in , as Soviet and other Allied troops advanced to Berlin, freelance British historian Beevor (Stalingrad) opts for di. The Fall of Berlin has ratings and reviews. Bettie☯ said: Soviet soldiers hoist the red flag over the Reichstag in May http://www.t. The Fall of Berlin [Antony Beevor] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A tale drenched in drama and blood, heroism and cowardice.

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It is also a wonderful companion book to The End: Goebbels, ever since the defeat at Stalingrad in Februaryhad manipulated alternatives shamelessly. The calls were increasingly answered in Russian. Looking for More Great Reads?

Jan 27, Leftbanker rated it it was amazing. I listened to the audiobook edition, read superbly by British actor Sean Barrett.

If you read “Stalingrad” and liked it – then you will find this book as I did even better.

Only Bormann met the guns of the Russians and that was by accident while seeking to escape from the Berlin Kessel. Bythe British, it must be remembered, were against the idea of assassinating Hitler, because it was clear that his direction of German war strategy had become disastrous. The assault on Berlin is prefaced by descriptions of the precedent battles, which have stranded much of the defense including some key units, due to the directions of Speer out of beevor of Berlin.

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. This book also destroys some myths about the end of the war. Absolutely anything,” one character said in the book. While much of it concerns day-by-day dispositions of military units, accompanied by maps, enough consists of personal accounts to allow those of us who are not military historians to enjoy this substantial book. Certainly not easy subject matter at all, and not without academic controversy either, but I think that Beevor covers the subject as sensitively as could be reasonably expected.


We hear the voices of individual ‘normal’ people peasants, conscripts, the urban poor and the middle classes alike as frequently as those of the generals, politicians, or the privileged few.

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Americans on the Elbe Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Descriptions of the savage fighting make up part of the book, but aren’t the primary focus. On the positive side, the 19455 is carefully researched, albeit Beevor never references the downfalll mentioned here and there is a strong negative tone towards the Russians.

As the fronts contracted yet further, Berlin’s defence devolved on foreign Waffen-SS volunteers from France, Latvia and the Scandinavian countries, who had volunteered to fight Bolshevism in a sort of international brigade of fascists.

The most heroic acts of this battle and yet one of the saddest aspects are the youth who defended the city with bicycles and Panzerfausts, sent into battle against Russian tanks.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Jul 20, Tadas Talaikis rated it really liked it Shelves: Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. The book was accompanied by a BBC Timewatch programme on his research into the subject.

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I have heard from colleagues still trying to beevoor access to certain files how difficult things are again, but Russia is no longer the monolithic Soviet Union, just because officials in one area are defensive or even hostile, that does not mean that this is universal. View all 5 comments. The Second World War.

A major–and controversial–theme, recurring repeatedly, is that of the rape of women. Perfect for Father’s Day? This is why the ferocity of Red Army revenge came as such a shock abtony many.


I owe a great debt to John Keegan, who taught me military history at Sandhurst and who inspired me with his ground-breaking book, The Face of Battle. The author misses no chance to call on Russians for committing atrocities; however, perhaps they should be put in international context although quid pro quo is no excuse, as decided later, during The Nuremberg Trials. Soviet commander Zhukov’s close associates were arrested and tortured to reveal non-existent anti-Stalinist plots, and the marshal himself was exiled for the next 20 years.

A regular officer in the 11th Hussars, he served in Germany and England. The Battle for Normandy. On the other hand, it sounds no different to accounts of the 30 Years War, except dowwnfall the addition of industrial-scale killing machinery. Jan 06, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: I was back working in the Russian archives on The Fall of Berlin before the Russian edition of Stalingrad came out.

I like this line Prepare to confront some inner darkness while reading this account.

To ask other readers questions about The Fall of Berlinplease sign up. The Beefor for the Bridges, In a way I feel kind of cheated. It’s as if Germany’s men were saying, “Okay, we’ve brought it this far; we’re splitting now.

The Bombarded City Woven into the book are various personal accounts of the brutal fighting between Soviet and German Soldiers, accounts of German civilians trying to survive the chaos, and the accounts of various Hitler Youth and Foreign units of the SS caught up in the fighting.

We are shown a worn down, yet merciless Hitler who seeks to fight to the end, and an unrelenting Stalin, pushing his forces onward to take Berlin.

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