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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There is little development of the historical figures — their stories are not fleshed out. Inspired by Your Browsing History. For the size of the book Beevor covers an incredible range of topics. 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. This is a testament to the fact that we are one step away from brutality – one step away from being everything we judge to be abhorrent.

Sntony visceral writing brrlin is so authentic you can almost taste the brick dust from the bombed buildings, and smell the corpses under the rubble. The Battle of the Bulge. To stand in the Government district of Berlin by the Budestag today is to stand on the the spot where these terrible events that witnessed the downfall of a regime and a Nation took place 70 years ago.

Beeevor majestic earlier book, Stalingradequips him to be the essential concomitant to write this final battle. Apr 11, Elliott Bignell rated it it was amazing. Even though they often had no conception of what had been done in Russia, the 145 flew ahead of the advancing Russian formations.


Maybe my ‘review’ should have ended after the first sentence, I’m not sure.

He notes that the victims were not restricted to German women, but that many Soviet or Polish citizens, including former concentration and prison camp inmates some Jewish survivors among them toowere also brutally attacked. In so keeping the battle lines had to be continuously re-drawn anotny the worst of course were for the many civilians of women, children, and the Volkstuurm comprised of older men who most had fought during the First World War.

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I beevorr not previously been quite so aware either of quite how much contempt Stalin had for his leading generals, and how despicably he wouldn’t hesitate to treat them when he considered it politically expedient to. The Second World War. What truly defies belief is the sheer self-destructive futility with which the Nazi state hung on to the last building. Nobody expected Stalingrad to take off in the way that it did.

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I like this line Prepare to confront some inner darkness while reading this account. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

So did the Russians. Beevor paints a terrifying picture. Albert Speer, who goes out of his way and utilizes reverse psychology on hitler to convince him not to completely destroy all the bridges in Berlin.

Oct 20, Kate Forsyth rated it it was amazing Shelves: But, from what I have read, and I’ve done a fair amount of reading on the European theater of the war, this b This is an excellent and enlightening look about what happened on the Eastern Front of World War II. This work does not just focus on the operational and Geo-political aspects of the Third Reich’s downfall, it also shines light on the human drama that unfolded in the midst of the horror.


Brisk and judgmental, the narrative is studded with short sentences and summary judgments: Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Several additional details, but the book looked disorganized, somewhat subjective and lacks insight, unlike The Third Reich At War by Richard J. The Fall of Berlin Buy the selected items together This item: On the other hand, the Germans displayed a curious form of hypochondria with different air raid shelter groups following different theories of survival, whether exhaling the odwnfall after a bomb exploded, or wrapping a towel round your head. Pages with related products.

It brrlin been a downfapl best seller in seven countries apart from Britain, and in the top five in another nine countries. Please try again later. Not only was it a war of ideology between National Socialism and Communism, it was often a war of annihilation as well.

World War II Quarterly. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The Spanish Civil War The perspective’s of Hitler, Stalin, and their generals are also given. He tracks military objectives at a level of granularity that I found very readable and concisely portrays the landscape bridges, forests, rubble and its challenges.