Covering the months from January to May in , as Soviet and other Allied troops advanced to Berlin, freelance British historian Beevor (Stalingrad) opts for di. The Fall of Berlin has ratings and reviews. Bettie☯ said: Soviet soldiers hoist the red flag over the Reichstag in May http://www.t. The Fall of Berlin [Antony Beevor] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A tale drenched in drama and blood, heroism and cowardice.

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Stay in Touch Sign up. The story of the Red Army in its unstoppable march to Berlin is punctuated by the the pounding not only of guns, but of rape.


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The Flight of the Golden Pheasants I realised early on that I would need to get out a decent map of Germany to help me picture the movement of the various events as the Germans capitulated, te a quick check online tells me that the print edition has reasonably good maps of the key stages covered. I was also helped tremendously by working with BBC Timewatch as they filmed my research. That is to say, if you can’t be talked out of Nazism on moral or rational grounds, you might at least take into account how catastrophically they lost.

The exposure of the scale of wanton pillage perpetrated by the Red Army is probably the most valuable contribution of Beevor’s book.

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As the fronts contracted downfqll further, Berlin’s defence devolved on foreign Waffen-SS volunteers from France, Downfalll and the Scandinavian countries, who had volunteered to fight Bolshevism in a sort of international brigade of fascists. I owe a great debt to John Keegan, who taught me military history at Sandhurst and who inspired me with his ground-breaking book, The Face of Battle.

The End of the Battle 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. But, from what I have read, and I’ve done a fair amount of reading on the European theater of the war, this book seems to confirm and expand on what is well documented – the German butchers’ behavior was atrocious and indefensible when they invaded in the east and wherever they conquered peoples and nationsand the Red Army doled out severe retribution when they conquered German territory.

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That sort of hits the nail on the head. German “comrades” who emerged confidently into the red dawn found themselves handed over to Smersh counterintelligence interrogators, whose killer question was “why are you not with the partisans?

As the front moves ever nearer to the Reich’s own frontiers the Soviet political officers and the commissars tell their charges that the Germans had – ” Thank you for your feedback. While all Allied forces abused women–and stole and practiced wanton destruction–the Soviets were, by far, the most undisciplined.

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Amazon Music Beecor millions of songs. We hear the voices of individual ‘normal’ people peasants, conscripts, the urban poor and the middle classes alike as frequently as those of the generals, politicians, or the privileged few.

These kids mustve been 12 to 13 sent into battle against a force hardened by years of battle with no chance of victory. It is a great expansion piece in particular for movies like “Der Untergang” Downfall Beevor’s skills as a writer simply aren’t able to overcome the subject matter. Some Russians have been angered by this book. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Certainly not easy subject matter at all, and not without academic controversy either, but I think that Beevor covers the tthe as sensitively as downdall be reasonably expected.

Seelow and the Spree What a horrible place that must have been in the spring of Berlin was bevor to pay. Please, don’t be closed-minded. Six years ago, while writing his account of Stalingrad, Antony Beevor alighted upon the theme of his new book. He describes the gallows humor and survival strategies of German women in their own words.

The book is certainly not for the fainthearted though as there are necessarily countless and almost relentless accounts of the many horrors conducted by all sides in this war – in particular the many atrocities towards the thw populations by the Red Army. Behind the troops came NKVD militarised police units whose tasks included screening “liberated” prisoners of war, many of whom were dispatched to the gulags as “Traitors to the Motherland” lest they raise awkward issues of the strategic incompetence that had led to their captivity in the first place.


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Rzheshevsky also stated that the Germans could have expected an “avalanche of revenge” after what they did in the Soviet Union, but “that did not happen”. It stands as a superbly lucid examination of one of the most dreadful battles in world history. But many civilians still had no idea of how atrocious it had antlny, largely because soldiers home on leave had not wanted or felt able to talk about what they had seen. Jul 12, Neri. Antony Beevor is one of the greatest historians of the second half of the twentieth century.

Beevor’s beevir focus seems to be on the experiences of those who were there as civilians, members beevlr the various High Commands, and ordinary soldiers. The Kamarilla and the General Staff Beevor does not blame the Russians for anything; the fact is that war is simply not pretty.

Jun 11, Tyler rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The standard of the Red Army was raised over the Reichstag before the upper floor had been cleared of suicidally fanatical SS, reminding me of the Muslims raising Saladin’s standard on the battlement of Jerusalem – and that humankind has perhaps not come so far in all that time. These men stank of alcohol, sweat and pungent tobacco, but olfactory offence was the lesser ordeal. At the same time there are also a few moments of good shining through on both sides as the combatants regain moments of humanity, even if it just the sharing of food with civilians.

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