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The Fall of Berlin (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

WWII Berlin 1945 Photographic Books Hitler & the Third Reich WWII Photographic Books

By Ian Baxter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781526737878
Published: 2nd October 2019

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By March 1945, the Red Army had closed in on Berlin. Marshal Zhukov, with almost a million soldiers and 20,000 tanks and guns at his disposal, launched his assault of the Seelow Heights. While costly with 30,000 Russians killed, it brought the Russian Army to the gates of the capital.

On 20 April, Hitler’s 56th birthday, Soviet artillery began a massive bombardment of the doomed city. The Fuhrer ordered every soldier, Hitlerjugend and Volksstrum to fight to the death. The house-to-house fighting that followed was brutal and savage with heavy casualties for both military and civilians.

Using superb Russian and German imagery this fine Images of War series book describes the Russian assault and Nazi last-ditch defence of Hitler’s capital during the final days of the Third Reich.

This title as part of the Images at War series is another great title in the line up as the images have been well chosen and presented to the viewer. I found the images in this offering particularly thought provoking as it shows all of the aspects of war in a relatively small area; the men who fought this war are shown at their best and worst as they fight for a dream that had ended. If you are always looking for photographs that light your imagination this is a book you must have.

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A vital part of the story of WW2, particularly if you look at the casualty figures for the difference nations who were involved, where Russian soldiers and civilians suffered almost unimaginable numbers killed. There can be little wonder that the Russians did have their revenge once they took the city. Another fine addition to the series.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

A good bit of reference material for those of us who like collecting reference on WWII.

A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

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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