Ryan, Cornelius.


2nd imp., 1966. 463 pp., photo-plates + maps. D.j., 23 x 15cm. Light wear only to the d.j., (complete); V.G.+. On Monday, April 16, 1945, a stupefying artillery barrage signalled the opening of the Russian attack against the capital of the Thousand Year Reich. Russian troops were less than 38 miles from Berlin's centre. Yet some 45 miles to the west, and with the last great prize of the war within their grasp, advance units of the U.S. Ninth Army were angrily and reluctantly turning back because the Allied Supreme Commander had declared that 'Berlin is no longer a military objective.' This book is the story of those three weeks in which the city of Berlin was the focal point of millions of lives: the last obstacle of the triumphant Allies, the last defence for the Germans, the last refuge for the Fuhrer, and the setting for the innumerable dramas of history and of ordinary lives. Drawing on interviews with those present the book gives a sweeping record of what people saw, felt and thought at that time. This historically important book is a monumental re-creation of the climax of World War II that made public for the first time a wealth of new material that led to a reassessment of the previously accepted story of the end of the war in Europe, answering such questions as why were the Russians allowed to reach Berlin first? Why was the city isolated deep in their zone of occupation ?

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