Final Days of the Reich (Kindle)
The Final Days of the Reich is the latest in the popular Images of War series range by Ian Baxter. Drawing on rare and previously unpublished photographs accompanied by in-depth captions and text, this book is a compelling account of the final weeks of the Nazi's struggle for survival against overwhelming odds. Each photograph fully captures the tension, turmoil and tragedy of those last, terrible days of war as Wehmacht, Waffen SS, Luftwaffe, Hitlerjungend, Volkssturm and other units, some of which comprised of barely trained conscripts, fought out their last battles.
Exhausted and demoralized skeletal units must have been aware of the impending defeat. Yet the German General Staff was still resolved to fight at all costs. By late March 1945, less than 100 miles east of Berlin some 250,000 German troops had slowly withdrawn to the Oder, and what followed was a series of fierce and determined defensive actions that would finally see the Germans encircled and fighting the last desperate battle within Berlin itself against overwhelming odds.
The book is fine to read as a stand-alone, or it can also be used to encourage the reader to look in to more around the subject, and that is what I like most about this series. It is 4 stars from me, highly recommended.Donnas Book Blog
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Ian Baxter has done another great job compiling a photographic journey throughout a certain period of time, in this case the final days of the Reich. His earlier photographic books include the Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants 1933-1945: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives, Hitler’s Mountain Troops 1939-1945, German Guns of the Third Reich, Afrika Korps, The U Boat War 1939-1945, Belsen and its Liberation and plenty more… I am a big fan of dedicated photographic books as it is perfect for research and if done well, it may become an excellent reference source...Argunners Magazine
... Overall this book is great for people that are looking for a photographic book where they can see late-war photographs of the German army. There are a few great photographs in there, that I haven’t seen myself (which is getting rare!). The captions are also easy to read and great for learning for those that do not know much about German equipment, armoured vehicles and weaponry.