Atglen, PA, 1st Eng., lang., ed., 1998. 381 pp., numerous photo-plates + maps & plans. D.j., marbled e.p’s., 23 x 15cm. FINE. The final stage of the Second World War, with the enemy across the Reich’s borders, saw final desperate battles for numerous "fortified places" and blocking positions. In these isolated bastions the war-weary German units offered desperate resistance which saved hundreds of thousands of women and children, made possible the evacuation of hospitals and the transport out of surrounded Wehrmacht female auxiliaries. In the Hurtgenwald as in the Reichswald, during the crossing of the Rhine between Wesel and Emmerich, in the Remagen bridgehead, on the hill at Keppeln, in the Ruhr pocket, as well as in the east of the Reich in the East Prussian pocket, in Pomerania, in Silesia and in the Reich capital, the fates of German soldiers were realized in bunkers and caves, in tunnels and fields of rubble. A superb account illustrated with a wealth of photographs.