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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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Do you want to come and look? Six years ago, while writing his account of Stalingrad, Antony Beevor alighted upon the theme of his new book. Antony Beevor’s ability to reconstruct the helplessness of the situation, from the upper echelons of the leadership to women and children fleeing,gives a stark contrast. The Battle and the Resistance. Reich Chancellery and Reichstag But, from what I have read, and I’ve done a fair amount of reading on the European theater of the war, this book seems to confirm and expand on what is well documented – the German butchers’ behavior was atrocious and indefensible when they invaded in the east and wherever they conquered peoples and nationsand the Red Army doled out severe retribution when they conquered German territory.

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Boys whose anxious faces disappeared within man-sized helmets; women who managed to feed their babies between multiple gang rapes; and elderly folk who found themselves in the midst of hell because they were loath to leave a family farm or spouse’s grave. The reader has the dubious privilege of being privy to the Machiavellian orchestrations of Stalin and Beria, as they play off the competing rivalries of Generals Zhukov and Koniyev against each other for both egotistical and self-serving strategic reasons; as well of course as the persistent mutual mistrusts of the Red Army’s front line units with those of the party’s NKVD political detachments.

Their contacts, from all their previous films on the Nazis and the Eastern Front, were of inestimable value. The grisly downfall unfolds in more or less chronological order as the chapters rotate from one aspect of the conflict to the next.

Woven into the book are various personal accounts of the brutal fighting between Soviet Antony Beevor’s ” The Fall of Berlin ” is an excellent account of the final battles of the Eastern Front, specifically focusing on the Soviet push into Germany in early and the subsequent battle of Berlin that April.


In The Fall of BerlinAntony Beevor tries to depict, as graphically as possible, the atrocious actions of the Russian troops and the clumsy non-action by their American and British allies in the eventful taking of Berlin, the symbolic civic center of Nazi Germany.

I do not believe in anniversary publishing, so it will not — and it simply could not — be ready in time for the 60th anniversary in It is frustrating that you cannot compare Trump to Hitler without being dismissed as making an argument that isn’t the one you’re making.

The wanton destruction and indiscipline of tue vengeful Antonyy Army troops and their widespread rape of German women and girls as they swept into East Prussia and approached Berlin is carefully qualified by reference to the equally brutal treatment visited by the Wehrmacht and the SS on the civilian populations of Russia, Ukraine, Befvor and Belarus during the Nazi invasion 3 years earlier.

In any case, Paris After the Liberation was the most enjoyable book possible to research and write. I believe that “Stalingrad” was brilliant, but this work on “The Fall of Berlin ” was even more What could I possibly say that I hadn’t already alluded to within my previous updates.

Poor Zhukov, as near as this story comes to producing a hero, was kept in the dark for 20 years and expected antong explain away the disappearance to the allies purely to humiliate the man. Descriptions of the savage fighting make up part of the book, but aren’t the primary focus. The book was accompanied by a BBC Timewatch programme on beevof research into the subject. I know that maps don’t work terribly well on a Kindle because of the screen sizebut they should still be included if they are in 195 original.

Overall, I did not like this book: Being an American, I’m often exposed to the Western slant about what happened in the war, so this read was quite refreshing.

Unputdownable is an invented word seldom used to describe history books, but it’s a fitting adjective for Beevor’s output. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The perspective’s of Hitler, Stalin, sntony their generals are also given.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Michael Burleigh’s The Third Reich: Many Russian women end up victims of mass rape as much as Germans.

I also benefited greatly from contacts with survivors and historians made when researching Stalingrad. He does a masterly job of describing the events from the leadership level down to the individuals experience in the final 6 months of the war.

Beevor writes with the skill of the best authors of thrillers. Nobody will forget the artillerists who kept their mouths open to stop their ear drums bursting as they fired their guns; the little boys in Landsberg who played war games with wooden swords amid the bombed-out ruins of their house; or the rhodedendrons that were coming into bloom as mortar-fire rained down on Berlin, darkening the street with smoke and dust.

Pages with related products. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. The Red army also raped, murdered and doled out shocking treatment to Soviet Citizens and POW’s liberated by their invasion of the Reich. Cold War stereotypes have no place in the modern world. Refresh and try again. What would you do in this position? Suicide, desperate attempts to flee to the comparative safety of the Western occupation, disease and unimaginable suffering were the results of this storm of brutality.

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Beevor responded by stating that he used excerpts from the report of General Tsigankov, the chief of the political department downfaol the 1st Ukrainian Frontas a source. I had tears in my eyes as I began compiling this review, shortly before finishing the book. Dec 07, Gerry rated it it was amazing Shelves: But he is also sensitive to the real casualties of any modern war.