#BookReview for Images of War – The Fall of Berlin by Ian Baxter #ImagesofWar @penswordbooks #TheFallofBerlin

By March 1945, the Red Army had closed in on Berlin. Marshal Zhukov, with almost a million soldiers and 20,000 tanks and guns at his disposal, launched his assault of the Seelow Heights. While costly with 30,000 Russians killed, it brought the Russian Army to the gates of the capital.

On 20 April, Hitler’s 56th birthday, Soviet artillery began a massive bombardment of the doomed city. The Fuhrer ordered every soldier, Hitlerjugend and Volksstrum to fight to the death. The house-to-house fighting that followed was brutal and savage with heavy casualties for both military and civilians.

Using superb Russian and German imagery this fine Images of War series book describes the Russian assault and Nazi last-ditch defense of Hitler’s capital during the final days of the Third Reich.

 

MY REVIEW

I thought that this was an excellent reference book and it was crammed with interesting facts and images. The book focuses on the period where Berlin fell. As fellow readers who have an interest in World War II will know, by March 1945, the Red Army had closed in on Berlin and this book shows them approaching and entering the city, and the aftermath too.

There are some powerful images in the book that bring home how this would also have affected the local Germans in the city too as the book does not just focus on the military aspect but shows what happened to the homes of normal German citizens.

The Red Army entered Berlin led by Marshal Zhukov who had almost a million soldiers and 20,000 tanks and guns at his disposal. While costly with 30,000 Russians killed, it brought the Russian Army to the gates of the capital. On 20 April, Hitler’s 56th birthday, Soviet artillery began a massive bombardment of the doomed city. The Fuhrer ordered every soldier, Hitlerjugend and Volksstrum to fight to the death. The house-to-house fighting that followed was brutal and savage with heavy casualties for both military and civilians as is shown in the book.

Using superb Russian and German imagery, including some of the photos that were staged at the time for impact, this Images of War series book describes the Russian assault and the Nazi last-ditch defense of Hitler’s capital during the final days of the Third Reich. It is an excellent reference guide and a book that I read from cover to cover in just a few hours – it is 4 stars from me, highly recommended!!

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