On 16 April 1945 the Red Army unleashed a colossal offensive against Berlin with the aim of destroying Hitler's armies in the East and capturing the German capital before the Western Allies. Over two million soldiers confronted each other in the last act in the war against Nazi Germany. In the course of the next three weeks, relentless Soviet assaults crashed against a desperate, sometimes suicidal defense, and the historic city was turned into a vast battlefield.
This epic contest, which has fascinated students of warfare ever since, can only be understood by visiting the sites of the battle on the ground, in the outskirts, in the suburbs, in the center where the final dramatic combat took place. That is why Tony Le Tissier’s detailed, graphic and highly illustrated guide is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to understand the battle and follow its course along the streets of the modern city.
‘All of Tony Le Tissier’s knowledge is synthesized into this must-have book – and more…. It can only be described as indispensable to anyone visiting the city and wishing to experience Zhukov’s triumph and Hitler’s Götterdämmerung …. Critical for understanding the battle…. Le Tissier’s detailed, full-color and scaled maps are … a joy to study.’ Defenceweb
‘A visually exciting work whose contents match its appearance. There are pages and pages of fascinating pictures…. Tony Le Tissier’s informative text and his descriptions of military actions and battlefield tours make it much more than that. It is a sensible and very entertaining piece of military history.’ Warbooks
‘Tony Le Tissier’s … encyclopedic knowledge of the battle and the subsequent Cold War aspects of the Soviet occupation of East Germany enables him to give a compelling and moving account. [His] account is highly impressive and it shows that he is a superb writer, a diligent researcher, and a master of battlefield detail.’ Lt. Colonel Robert A. Lynn
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
BBG does a good job of going into deep detail about what happened where in the Battle for Berlin. If you want to know which units, both German and Soviet, were where--down to streets and blocks-- plus the path of the advance, then this book is a great resource. For a detailed researcher, it's so good that it can be a forensic tool that helps you easily find the exact places where the outlined events took place.
The big drawback of this book is that if you're new to researching the Battle for Berlin, this book is not for beginners. It presupposes that you have big picture knowledge of who and what happened where. If you are a beginner start with Cornelius Ryan's, "The Last Battle" or Anthony Bevor's, "The Fall of Berlin 1945".
The book also does a good job of detailing Cold War sites which you could use whether you were a beginner or seasoned researcher. However, it is an incomplete Cold War resource. Really, it is only one of many you could use to figure...
A useful guide in handy size. Much valuable material. The walking/touring routes are a bit overlong to be practical and the author fail to mention some important sights, while at the same time detailing great stuff I'd never heard about before, a fairlry ideosyncratic and eclectic selection. Some of the material seems recycled from "Berlin: Then and Now". I echo the sentiments of an earlier reviewer that the work is somewhat light on Cold War era material, for example entirely omitting mention of one of the few still standing East German watch towers, one hidden behind buildings just south of Leipziger Platz. Only passing references to the ugly atrocities against the civilian Berlin population, the ensuing starvation, the clearing of the rubble, the rebuilding after the war and again after unification. He is also light in discussing the occupation years, mentioning the location of only a few of the allied kasernes and leaving out training areas, etc., which would be of...
I am a big fan of Tony Le Tissier. Although this is not like most of His regular works. It is a valuable and interesting read. Especially for anybody interested in Military History or traveling to Berlin. If You have both, then it is a win-win.
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