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The Fall of Berlin 1945 Paperback – April 29, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
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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A very well-written and meticulously researched account of the downfall of the "thousand year Reich" It held my interest throughout. Read morePublished 21 days ago by D. E. Ford
Fantastic and detailed story telling of the final days and hours of Germany and Berlin during the Second World War. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carl Bilbo
Very detailed account about the fall of the Third Reich. The author did a great job of putting it all together.Published 2 months ago by chris palmer
A lucid, definitive history of the battle of Berlin. A most informative read of one of the many instances of men's behaviour alternating between moments of valour and great... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Geoff Verschoor
Its pretty depressing, much rape and death, but very well written. I thought his book on Stalingrad was a little better but this is still a good read for a person interested in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. whitton