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Race for the Reichstag

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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.During many years working in senior official positions in Berlin Tony Le Tissier accumulated a vast knowledge of the campaign the led up to the fall of the city in 1945. He has researched every aspect of the battle in unprecedented detail and has published a series of outstanding books on the subject - The Battle of Berlin 1945, Farewell to Spandau, Berlin Then and Now, Zhukov at the Oder, Slaughter at Halbe, Berlin Battlefield Guide: Third Reich and Cold War and The Siege of Kustrin 1945: Gateway to Berlin.

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ISBN-13: 9781848842304
ISBN-10: 1848842309
Pagini: 265
Ilustrații: 30 Illustrations
Dimensiuni: 152 x 231 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.52 kg
Editura: Pen & Sword Books


Bulletin of the Military Historical Society, No 199, Feb 2000

"The story is very well researched from German and Soviet records, laying many of the Soviet propaganda myths. A famous battle now well recorded using the latest research material available."

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"The original was the best English-language book about the Soviet capture of Berlin in 1945, and the new edition is even better ... Good maps, interesting photos, excellent OBs for both sides ... While some of the tactical minutiae might be missing, this is a potent book and the revised edition remains the best account of the fighting in Berlin at the end of the war in Europe. Highly recommended."

Choice- " Using Soviet records as well as numerous German archival and memoir sources, Le Tissier has written a vivid account of the final battle of WW II in Europe. His book deserves to be in all WW II collections.