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Final Days of the Reich (Paperback)

WWII Photo Books Hitler & the Third Reich WWII Photographic Books

By Ian Baxter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War Books
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781848843813
Published: 21st November 2011
Last Released: 8th May 2013

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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 Drawing on rare and previously unpublished photographs accompanied by in-depth captions and text, this book is a compelling account of the final weeks of the Nazi's struggle for survival against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 By late March 1945, less than 100 miles east of Berlin some 250,000 German troops had slowly withdrawn to the Oder, and what followed was a series of fierce and determined defensive actions that would finally see the Germans encircled and fighting the last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.

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...

... 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.

Argunners Magazine

About Ian Baxter

Ian Baxter has produced a fine selection of highly illustrated books in the Images of War Series mainly covering Axis Forces in WW2. He is a dedicated collector of rare images and an expert in his field. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.

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