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The Fall of Berlin 1945

The Fall of Berlin 1945 By Antony Beevor The Fall of Berlin The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality The result was the most t

  • Title: The Fall of Berlin 1945
  • Author: Antony Beevor
  • ISBN: 9780142002803
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Fall of Berlin 1945 By Antony Beevor The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January 1945 Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality The result was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known, with tanks crushing refugee columns under their tracks, mass rape, pillage and destruction Hundreds of thousands of women anThe Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January 1945 Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality The result was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known, with tanks crushing refugee columns under their tracks, mass rape, pillage and destruction Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred because Nazi Party chiefs, refusing to face defeat, had forbidden the evacuation of civilians Over seven million fled westwards from the terror of the Red Army.Antony Beevor reconstructs the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich s final collapse, telling a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanaticism, revenge and savagery, but also one of astonishing endurance, self sacrifice and survival against all odds.
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    1. Bettie☯ on said:

      Soviet soldiers hoist the red flag over the Reichstag in May 1945telegraph news worldeguardian commentisfThe grr description is a naff affair, I shall find proper information on a better site Berlin The Downfall 1945 aka The Fall of Berlin 1945 in the US is a narrative history by Antony Beevor of the Battle of Berlin during World War II It was published by Viking Press in 2002, then later by Penguin Books in 2003 The book achieved both critical and commercial success It has been a number one bes [...]

    2. Gerry on said:

      What could I possibly say that I hadn t already alluded to within my previous updates I read Stalingrad in the snow outside on purpose in January of 2009, I read Beevor s D Day in April of 2010 and believe that Stephen Ambrose still holds my attention best on that topic, Paris After the Liberation I read in November of 2011 and here on 14 January, 2013 I completed The Fall of Berlin 1945 I believe that Stalingrad was brilliant, but this work on The Fall of Berlin 1945 was even brilliant than th [...]

    3. Emily on said:

      I think my politics are already pretty transparent so let s dive in with what occupies my mind at the moment It is frustrating that you cannot compare Trump to Hitler without being dismissed as making an argument that isn t the one you re making It isn t the simple transitive, Hitler bad, Trump bad, therefore Trump like Hitler Instead, it s the whole barrel of specific rotten qualities the thin skinned self aggrandizement, the insistence on expertise in impressive sounding subjects about which h [...]

    4. Manray9 on said:

      Beevor s account of the final collapse of Nazi Germany is not great historical writing The narrative reads as a catalogue of events without the binding literary thread necessary to weave a compelling historical tale There is little development of the historical figures their stories are not fleshed out You end the book knowing not much about Zhukov, Guderian, Chiukov or Weidling than when you started The Fall of Berlin 1945 is weak alongside John Toland s The Last 100 Days despite greater acces [...]

    5. Czarny Pies on said:

      Antony Beevor is one of the greatest historians of the second half of the twentieth century The Nobel Literature Committee has not a awarded the prize to an historian since 1953 The time to award another is long overdue Beevor would be a very logical choice.Beevor trained at Sandhurst and served for five years in the British army Despite being admirably trained to write the type of technical history that military academies use to train their students in battle field tactics, Beevor has always co [...]

    6. Michael Scott on said:

      In The Fall of Berlin 1945, Antony Beevor tries to depict, as graphically as possible, the atrocious actions of the Russian troops and the clumsy non action by their American and British allies in the eventful taking of Berlin, the symbolic civic center of Nazi Germany Overall, I did not like this book while it is informative and has some good pieces of analytical material, it has a subjective approach and a questionable goal, and uses historical fact only as buttress Ann Tusa and John Tusa disc [...]

    7. Charles Mccain on said:

      The Red Army s invasion of Berlin in January 1945 was one of the most terrifying examples of fire and sword in history Frenzied by terrible memories of Wehrmacht and SS brutality, the Russians wreaked havoc, leaving hundreds of thousands of civilians dead and millions fleeing westward Drawing upon newly available material from former Soviet files, as well as from German, American, British, French, and Swedish archives, bestselling author Antony Beevor vividly recounts the experiences of the mil [...]

    8. Marc on said:

      During World War II, some of the most savage fighting took place between the Germans and the Russians on the Eastern Front Not only was it a war of ideology between National Socialism and Communism, it was often a war of annihilation as well This book is a fascinating read about the last days of the Third Reich, with lots of focus on the German and Soviet high commands, as well as the trials and tribulations of the German civilians caught up in the maelstrom of war If you re looking for a book w [...]

    9. Tyler on said:

      It sits at the top of the human drama, and every so often I have to go back and read about World War II This book looked like a good chance to revisit old territory.I was attracted by the book s promise of new accounts and insights to this battle It turned out that a lot of what people have remarked tanks and refugee columns, etc was stuff already known about no new perfidious behaviour or atrocities to speak of.Still, it s not bad Who, indeed, could write a boring book about the Battle of Berli [...]

    10. Jill Hutchinson on said:

      A truly amazing book that looks at the last few months of the Third Reich and the horrors visited on the population of Berlin by the Red Army That Army was frenzied by their experiences at the hands of the Nazis when Germany invaded Russia and they wreaked unimaginable suffering in their revenge.tanks crushing civilians, mass rape, pillage and total destruction The author does a masterful job of reconstructing the experiences of those millions caught up in the Third Reich s final collapse I give [...]

    11. Kate Forsyth on said:

      The story of the Fall of Berlin is one of terror and betrayal, destruction and bloodshed, rape and revenge, and is not one for the faint hearted Antony Beevor has examined every aspect of the events leading up to the cataclysmic destruction of Berlin in April 1945 The book is incredibly well researched, and beautifully written, but is best for those who have already extensively studied the history of Germany in the Second World War, or those with a particular acute interest in warfare and battle [...]

    12. Paul on said:

      In two words utterly compelling Antony Beevor s widely praised account of the ultimate battle for the heart of the Nazi Reich, and the pure horror of it all, is a book worthy of high praise indeed The scene is ably set in the opening chapters with the setting of the various battle orders, the intricacies of the political machinations in fearsome effect, and the descriptions of lives interrupted on the home fronts Beevor expertly brings the reader with him into the new year of 1945 as the final b [...]

    13. Elliott Bignell on said:

      I had tears in my eyes as I began compiling this review, shortly before finishing the book The suffering which it relentlessly and rather coolly lays out seems on the one hand as if it ought to be unimaginable On the other hand, it sounds no different to accounts of the 30 Years War, except with the addition of industrial scale killing machinery Germany has seen this before, and at least in the mid 20th Century had still not learned from the experience.Beevor follows up Stalingrad with Berlin So [...]

    14. Emilio Mendez on said:

      Say what you will about Hitler and the Nazis, but you cant help but feel for the ordinary German people in this poignant end to Germany in WWII They really did fight to the the bitter end, outnumbered, outgunned with no chance of victory What would you do in this position Antony Beevor s ability to reconstruct the helplessness of the situation, from the upper echelons of the leadership to women and children fleeing,gives a stark contrast The most heroic acts of this battle and yet one of the sad [...]

    15. Joe on said:

      Antony Beevor s The Fall of Berlin 1945 is an excellent account of the final battles of the Eastern Front, specifically focusing on the Soviet push into Germany in early 1945 and the subsequent battle of Berlin that April.This work does not just focus on the operational and Geo political aspects of the Third Reich s downfall, it also shines light on the human drama that unfolded in the midst of the horror Woven into the book are various personal accounts of the brutal fighting between Soviet and [...]

    16. Gary Haynes on said:

      A seminal treatise on the end of Nazi tyranny, coupled with a scathing commentary on Stalinist cruelty What comes across in this wonderful nonfiction work, which reads like a thriller novel, is Beevor s extraordinary grasp of his subject matter, his meticulous research, and refusal to stoop to generalities The population of Berlin suffered for their sins, especially the woman, and Beevor does not pull any punches This is a testament to the fact that we are one step away from brutality one step a [...]

    17. Xfi on said:

      Muy bien documentada, y dentro de lo que cabe para este tipo de obras, amena en su desarrollo Se centra en los ltimos meses de la guerra, sobre todo el avance del ej rcito sovi tico y en la descomposici n del estado alem n Intenta ser neutral aunque es dif cil dada la magnitud de las salvajadas cometidas por todos los bandos, aunque unos m s que otros Lo que m s me impacto es la parte final, de la inmediata postguerra, poco conocida, de la venganza soportada por el pueblo alem n.

    18. Neil Fox on said:

      After a fascinating guided walking tour entitled the last days of the Third Reich during a recent weekend in Berlin, I felt compelled to re read Anthony Beevor s Berlin, the Downfall 1945 which, together with his other masterpiece Stalingrad, are among the finest military histories from World War 2 Taken together and complemented by a viewing of the Bruno Ganz movie Downfall , these 2 books will provide the student of WW2 history with a great perspective on the unravelling of the Third Reich.Bee [...]

    19. RJ Corby on said:

      This is an excellent and enlightening look about what happened on the Eastern Front of World War II This book also destroys some myths about the end of the war Being an American, I m often exposed to the Western slant about what happened in the war, so this read was quite refreshing I have a natural inclination to question whatever I read I don t just automatically believe anything But, from what I have read, and I ve done a fair amount of reading on the European theater of the war, this book se [...]

    20. Tadas Talaikis on said:

      Several additional details, but the book looked disorganized, somewhat subjective and lacks insight, unlike The Third Reich At War by Richard J Evans.It is the story about basically three things 1 how thousand year empire e.g last Roman empire with its psychotic beliefs was raped by Russians e.g untermensch , like white niggers which would be remembered for another thousand years , 2 how medieval I m not guilty, I just work here turned into we were lied to and betrayed, we are victims , and 3 St [...]

    21. Erik Graff on said:

      This is an excellent history of the last months of Nazi Germany with a focus on Berlin and the Soviet advance While much of it concerns day by day dispositions of military units, accompanied by maps, enough consists of personal accounts to allow those of us who are not military historians to enjoy this substantial book.A major and controversial theme, recurring repeatedly, is that of the rape of women According to Beevor this was wholesale, despite rules of engagement forbidding the practice, ru [...]

    22. Iain on said:

      Beevor s skills as a writer simply aren t able to overcome the subject matter He does an admirable job of making an interesting read out of a rather excruciatingly boring topic The clumsiness of the Soviets, the megalomania of Stalin, the naivety of the Americans, the irrelevance of the British, all play out against the pathetic condition of the German people There are interesting stories to be told, and he presents several, but in the end there s simply not enough to support a book of this leng [...]

    23. Tony on said:

      Sublime visceral writing that is so authentic you can almost taste the brick dust from the bombed buildings, and smell the corpses under the rubble.This is an important book, and one not solely concerned with the machinations of the world leaders as the Third Reich fell Beevor is as interested with the people hiding in the cellars, just as much as he is with the ones hiding in the bunkers If you have a passing interest in WW2, read this book Tony SchumacherAn Army of One

    24. Neri. on said:

      This book was a challenge because of how long it was and how much information was in it I have to say, that the author did a great job by collecting all the facts and putting them into this book Lots of chapters exposes the information that no one knew before and also that most people are losing their minds and their humanism during the war Very informative and yet very hard to read at the times book which should be read by every history enthusiast and those who are into WWII history and finding [...]

    25. Misty on said:

      Interesting but ponderous A LOT of detail about Soviet troop movements For some reason with Civil War books, that level of detail doesn t bother me but in this book I found it to be too much.

    26. Pete daPixie on said:

      Brilliantly researched and written Not just the story of Hitlers bunker, but the humanity trapped in a shell blasted hell, with the resistance by youths on cycles facing Russian tanks.

    27. Johnny Malloy on said:

      This is my sixth book by Antony Beevor and it s arguably the best The book opens as usual in Beevor books with some precise context It then begins the main narrative with the Vistula Oder Offensive in January 1945 The book stays detailed throughout the fall of Berlin and then widens back out in the summer of 1945 Beevor does not spend too much time discussing the general aftermath of WWII, choosing mostly to tie up loose ends regarding Berlin citizens, daily life, and the Nazi party leadership s [...]

    28. Kyle on said:

      When I began this book, I was unfamiliar with the author as well as the details leading up to and shortly after this monumental historical event At the end, I had a deep respect for the voluminous amount of research and work Mr Beevor accomplished to write this book Not only did his research comprise of military records from both the Soviet and Nazi archives, but was appropriately mixed with personal perspectives from eyewitness accounts, diaries, and other personal publications Because of this, [...]

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