1st ed., 1995. 282 pp., 30 photo-plates + various maps. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. This is the gripping story of the final days of the Third Reich told in graphic detail ' the unfolding drama revealed through the eyes of soldier and civilian, private, general and refugee. 1945 was one of the most crucial years in the history of the world which was to climax in the desperate battle for Berlin. By the end of that year Europe had new frontiers, friends had become deadly enemies and an uneasy peace threatened to transform Cold War into a third world war.