Berlin (Paperback)

Antony Beevor


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.

Product Details

  • Product code: AADME
  • ISBN: 9780141032399
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.8cm x 13.0cm
  • Pages: 552
  • Publish date: 04/10/2007

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Stalingrad -

A completely fascinating account of a fast moving and changing pivotal military and political situation, the finite analysis of which would beat the best of us. But with a combination of undeniable integrity, and with reliance almost entirely on eye-witness accounts and contemporary documents at all levels of the action, this is an all the more reliable and genuine picture of events surrounding the eventual fall of Stalingrad and Hitler's sixth Army to the Russians. In addition to adherence to the above process, and perhaps also because of it, this account is all the more reliable in that Anthony Beevor is able to avoid the usual and common drawback to useful history, namely the tendency to introduce too much of the author's personal views and subjectivity. In short, a book for anyone interested in the subject and who is eager to have an honest and objective account and as near as possible to being a virtual eyewitness to all of the salient features of the action.

D.F , 07/11/2012

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