Berlin Battlefield Guide (Paperback)
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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 battlefield.
This epic contest, which has fascinated students of warfare ever since, can only be understood by visiting the sites of the battle on the ground, in the outskirts, in the suburbs, in the centre where the final dramatic combat took place. That is why Tony Le Tissier's detailed, graphic and highly illustrated guide is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to understand the battle and follow its course along the streets of the modern city.
Tony Le Tissier’s Berlin Battlefield Guide is one of the most informative and interesting tours of the great city I have read. I have always been fascinated by Berlin, by the interwar years, the war years and the cold war and the new rebuilt Berlin. I supposed as the grandchild of a Polish soldier I should not be so drawn to that damn city but it is and always has been a City of Intrigue I just wish I had this book with me.Paul Diggett
As the race to Berlin in World War 2 was taking place Greater Berlin was getting smaller, the defence forces less, the rumours more and the Russians far too close for liking. This book is broken down with maps and pictures starting outside of Berlin showing which Army Division was attempting to defend the city from invasion.
Throughout the book we are given directions to each battleground, colour pictures and maps with the defensive maps. More importantly we are given brief descriptions of the action as it took place sometimes using the words of the combatants. This at times can be desperate but required reading. You can feel the desperation of the defenders and at times their fears.
When you read through to the actual Introduction to Berlin Le Tissier you will find it packed with information for travelling round Berlin with the various transport links. He again he has broken it down so you can work out the street by street fighting and the pictures also show the utter devastation of the city. The is special mention of the Battle for the Reichstag where we have the iconic picture of the Soviet flag above it, when one looks at the Reichstag today it is hard to believe that there was total devastation and fighting taking place around the vicinity in April 1945.
Berlin Battlefield Guide is the best guide of that City I have read and will be taking with me when I next travel to Berlin. The more I read this book the more I want to be there looking at the buildings, the streets and can hear all those silent and long since dead voices of war fighting to the death. This is simply a stunning book.
Tony Le Tissier's classic account of the battle for Berlin dispels the myths created by Soviet propaganda and describes in graphic detail the Red Army's final offensive against Nazi Germany – the race for the Reichstag. Among the soldiers of the Red Army, Berlin – and the Reichstag in particular - was seen as the victor's prize. Stalin had promised Berlin to Marshal Zhukov, but the latter's blundering in the preliminary battle forced a dramatic change of plan. Stalin chastened his subordinates, then allowed Marshal Koniev, Zhukov's rival, to launch one of his powerful tank armies at the city.…By Tony Le Tissier
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