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Race for the Reichstag - Tony Le Tissier

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Title
Race for the Reichstag - The 1945 Battle for Berlin
Author
Tony Le Tissier
format
Book
Publisher
Pen & Sword Military
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20100430

Tony Le Tissier?s classic account of the battle for Berlin dispels the myths created by Soviet propaganda and describes in graphic detail the Red Army?s final offensive against Nazi Germany ? the race for the Reichstag. Among the soldiers of the Red Army, Berlin ? and the Reichstag in particular - was seen as the victor's prize. Stalin had promised Berlin to Marshal Zhukov, but the latter's blundering in the preliminary battle forced a dramatic change of plan. Stalin chastened his subordinates, then 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 defence. 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, a world apart from the reality outside where their subjects suffered and died. Ten days later, after the suicides of Hitler and Goebbels, the survivors had to choose between breakout and surrender.Race for the Reichstag offers a compelling insight into the terrible final days of the Second World War in Europe.

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Type
BOOK
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
288

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