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Red Storm on the Reich: The Soviet March on Germany, 1945

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Utilizing a wealth of recently released Soviet materials from Moscow archives, and cross-referencing these with German account, Duffy has uncovered a military campaign of unprecedented scale and intensity during which thirty million lives were lost. Red Storm On The Reich brings to life not only the Russian military assault on Germany, but also the human drama behind the e ...more
Hardcover, 403 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Booksales (first published 1991)
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Ian
Many popular books have been written about the fall of Berlin, but this covers the Eastern front for the period January 1945 to May 1945, from the opening of the last great push into Germany from Poland to the outskirts of Berlin. The Russians invaded on three massive fronts, a north, south and central (or Berlin axis) and the author deals with each in turn at a largely strategic level.

Originally written as a military manual, the book is perhaps not the most accessible (if you like Beevor's impo
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Graham
Stunning study of campaign of astonishing brutality: Christopher Duffy has written some very, very good stuff, notably "Austerlitz" and "Borodino and the war of 1812", but I think he surpassed himself with this....volume.

The Red Army shove from the Vistula to the Oder is not a campaign that has received a lot of coverage, compared to the Western Allied efforts in Normandy and Operation Market Garden or the earlier Eastern front epics of Stalingrad, Leningrad and Kursk, however there is a story o

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Jeff Elliott
The content of the book is nothing like the jacket cover describes. Only those with an extensive knowledge and interest in equipment, troop sizes and especially eastern Europe geography circa 1944-45 should bother to read this book. This is merely a recounting of troop movements with very little narrative detail of the actual events. It's books like this that make history boring. This may serve as a military history textbook of the Russian advance on Berlin but that is about all.
Bart Murnion
It's a slice of history that I have not spent much time with. I am fascinated with the rise and fall of Nazi Germany. Although tactical in nature, this book allowed me to get behind the Soviet and German lines and get a sense of the carnage that prevailed. To any German/Russian history buff, I HIGHLY recommend Duffy's work. Well written and incredibly supported.
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This was given to me by a friend to read. Interesting, but dry. The author even complains about history books that try to tell personal stories; he sounds like a fun guy.
Richard
Excellent book for gaming. The Soviet March on Germany, 1945. Very good. The appendices have good tactical info, and the maps are good.
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Christopher Duffy (born 1936) is a British military historian. Duffy read history at Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated in 1961 with the PhD. Afterwards, he taught military history at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the college of the British General Staff. He was secretary-general of the British Commission for Military History and vice-president of the History Society of Ireland ...more
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