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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.

As featured on Argunners


The "Images of War" series continues with a look at the fall of Berlin in the last months of the Second World War. Brilliant photos, brilliand narrative.

Books Monthly

The very popular Images Of War Series is expanded by this well researched and presented account of the Fall of Berlin. As the Western Allies were fighting their way eastwards, the Red Army was reaching its point of revenge. – Most Highly Recommended.

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This is a very good book which gives an excellent insight into the ferocious battles that led to the fall of Germany in the Second World War. It is, however, the hundreds of photographs, many of them rare or previously unpublished which make the book so informative. I certainly recommend it wholeheartedly.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

Brief but informative narrative passages trace the battle through its main stages, punctuating page after page of photographs, many that have never been published before. For readers fascinated with the uniforms and equipment used in the battle, Images of War: The Fall of Berlin is a richly detailed photographic record of the German military in 1945.

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Schopenhauer's Workshop

thought that this was an excellent reference book and it was crammed with interesting facts and images. The book focuses on the period where Berlin fell. As fellow readers who have an interest in World War II will know, by March 1945, the Red Army had closed in on Berlin and this book shows them approaching and entering the city, and the aftermath too... Using superb Russian and German imagery, including some of the photos that were staged at the time for impact, this Images of War series book describes the Russian assault and the Nazi last-ditch defense of Hitler’s capital during the final days of the Third Reich. It is an excellent reference guide and a book that I read from cover to cover in just a few hours – it is 4 stars from me, highly recommended!!

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Donna's Book Blog

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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The View From The Turret Vlog

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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