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Berlin Battlefield Guide (Hardback)

Third Reich and Cold War

WWII Berlin 1945 WWII Battlefield Guides Battlefield Guidebooks Military

By Tony Le Tissier
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781844157662
Published: 24th July 2008
Last Released: 3rd July 2008



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On 16 April 1945 the Red Army unleashed a colossal offensive against Berlin with the aim of destroying Hitler's armies in the East and capturing the German capital before the Western Allies. Over two million soldiers confronted each other in the last act in the war against Nazi Germany. In the course of the next three weeks, relentless Soviet assaults crashed against a desperate, sometimes suicidal defence, and the historic city was turned into a vast battleground. This was the climax of an awful conflict. It represented the death struggle of Hitler's Third Reich and the supreme achievement of Stalin's forces, and the story of the battle has fascinated students of warfare ever since. Yet this epic contest can only be understood by visiting the sites of the battle on the ground, on the outskirts of the city, in the suburbs, in the city centre where the final dramatic combat took place. And this is the aim of Tony Le Tissier's definitive guide to the Battle of Berlin.

Tony Le Tissier’s … encyclopedic knowledge of the battle and the subsequent Cold War aspects of the Soviet occupation of East Germany enables him to give a compelling and moving account. [His] account is highly impressive and it shows that he is a superb writer, a diligent researcher, and a master of battlefield detail

Lt. Colonel Robert A. Lynn

A visually exciting work whose contents match its appearance. There are pages and pages of fascinating pictures….Tony Le Tissier’s informative text and his descriptions of military actions and battlefield tours make it much more than that. It is a sensible and very entertaining piece of military history.


All of Tony Le Tissier’s knowledge is synthesised into this must-have book – and more….It can only be described as indispensable to anyone visiting the city and wishing to experience Zhukov’s triumph and Hitler’s Götterdämmerung ….Critical for understanding the battle….Le Tissier’s detailed, full-colour and scaled maps are … a joy to study.


Whilst not having done the tours in these books it seems to me to be a very good resource.

It pulls material that he has already used in his other books on this subject, and the personal witness statements have unfortunately appeared in those volumes.

Many of those volumes have been from the "German side", and generally give a view that doesn't necessarily appear elsewhere.

He covers the Halbe escape, and also the final pieces across the Seelow Heights and the fighting in Berlin which saw the ultimate collapse of the Third Reich.

I would recommend buying the book because it would support Mr Le Tissier in writing other volumes. This volume allows the others to be put into context whilst also being a tool to allow further exploration in today's Berlin and its outskirts.

Michael Thompson
 Tony Le Tissier

About Tony Le Tissier

During many years working in several senior official positions in Berlin - including spells as provost marshal and British governor of Spandau prison - Tony Le Tissier has accumulated a vast knowledge of the campaign the led up to the fall of Berlin.

He has researched every aspect of the 1945 battle for the city in unprecedented detail and has published a series of outstanding books on the subject, inlcuding The Battle of Berlin 1945, Farewell to Spandau, Berlin Then and Now, Zhukov at the Oder, Slaughter at Halbe, The Third Reich Then and Now, With Our Backs to Berlin, Death Was Our Companion, Berlin Battlefield Guide: Third Reich and Cold War and The Siege of Küstrin 1945: Gateway to Berlin.

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