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The Fall of Berlin 1945 Paperback – Deckle Edge, April 29, 2003
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I disagree with the detractors of Antony Beevor that in addressing these atrocities his book negates the heroism of the Soviet soldier. On every page, the author emphasizes the appalling conditions in which the Red Army had to wrest its victory, and the terrible cost in Soviet lives. Under-nourished, under-supplied, poorly-trained soldiers were motivated not only by the brutality of SMERSH and NKVD forces. Their "Noble Fury" was incited not only by relentless propaganda from Political Instructors or incendiary front-line correspondents such as the popular Ilya Ehrenburg. Every Soviet family had suffered personal loss during the German invasion and occupation, and every soldier was driven by hatred of the Fascist Beast.
It is the mass rape perpetrated by the Red Army which comprises the controversy of Beevor's book.Read more ›
This last point is well developed by Beevor. He mentions the Nazi and fascist antipathy towards the Russian peasant army and the Soviet form of totalitarianism. The Russians in turn hated all things German. This had been building since Stalingrad and Stalin himself had deliberately stoken the flames of revenge. When unleashed on Berlin this unquenchable fire took the form of drunken violence, looting, and gang-raping of German women by vast numbers of Red Army soldiers. Here is where Beevor's book differs from the many previous descriptions of this battle. THE FALL OF BERLIN 1945 is much too dull a title for the gruesome, disturbing, and emotionally wrenching descriptions of the inhumanity of both the Wehrmacht and the Red Army.Read more ›
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I had high hopes for this book but unfortunately, I was to be disappointed. For someone who started so promisingly, with books like Crete and the Spanish Civil War (the original... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Dynan
A book that brings to light the atrocities of war and the appalling tragedy visited upon civilians, on either side of the conflict.Published 2 months ago by Serge VV
So much detail. Wonderful read, don't feel ill-informed if you don't remember all the battle commanders or dates/times, he throws a lot of detail. But again, a captivating read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
yet another Russia-bashing book.
Not a history book. Disappointment.
Just as good as his book on Stalingrad. Well written and researched. The horror of this final battle is almost overwhelming, for both sides.Published 5 months ago by Mark Grubbs
EXCELLENT, INFORMATIVE, TRAGIC, TRUTHFUL. WELL WRITTEN . JFROUXPublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer