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Race for the Reichstag - The 1945 Battle for Berlin - cover

Race for the Reichstag - The 1945 Battle for Berlin

Tony Le Tissier

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military

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Summary

The acclaimed historian’s classic account of the Battle for Berlin offers unprecedented detail and insight into the final days of WWII in Europe. This authoritative study dispels the myths created by Soviet propaganda and describes the Red Army’s final offensive against Nazi Germany in graphic detail. For the Soviets, Berlin—and the Reichstag in particular—was seen as the ultimate prize. Stalin had initially promised Berlin to Marshal Zhukov. But after Zhukov blundered a preliminary battle, Stalin allowed Marshal Koniev, Zhukov's rival, to launch one of his powerful tank armies at the city. The advancing Soviet forces were confronted by a desperate, inadequate German defense. General Weidling's panzer corps was dragged into the city in a futile attempt to prolong the existence of the Third Reich, whose leaders squabbled and schemed in their underground shelters. Ten days later, after the suicides of Hitler and Goebbels, the survivors had to choose between breakout and surrender. Drawing on a wide range of Soviet sources and unprecedented access to German archival and memoir materials, Race for the Reichstag brings into startling focus the bitter fight for the last patch of soil under Wehrmacht control.
Available since: 04/30/2010.
Print length: 288 pages.

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