The Fall of Berlin 1945
Drawing upon newly ope...more
I was attracted by the book's promise of new accounts and insights to this battle. It turned out that a lot of what people have remarked (tanks and refugee columns, etc.) was stuff already known about: no new perfidious behaviour or atrocities to speak of.
Still, it's not bad. Who, indeed, could write a boring book about the Battle o...more
Antony Beevor reconstruye en este libro la última gran batalla europea de la segunda guerra mundial y la estremecedora agonía del Tercer Reich. Con rigurosas técnicas documentales semejantes a las empleadas en Stalingrado pero con mayor aliento épico y más densidad política, Beevor combina como nadie un extraordinario talento de militar e historiador con unas dotes narrativas fuera de lo común para describir tanto la complejidad de las grandes operaciones militares y la lógica de las decisiones...more
The Russians had to take over Berlin in street fighting, resulting in heavy casualties, more than were necessary had the Germans surrendered. Germany employed youth soldiers who had little skill and...more
Beevor goes between the German point of view and Soviet point of you in a deft manner that holds your interest and reveals much about the various personalities involved, from Stalin's jealousy of his Generals and Beria's paranoia to the mad hatter's tea party in Berlin as the Russians approach the doomed city.
An important sub-theme involving the R...more
I was aware of the Red Army and the decisive role it played; and of the awful, grinding slaughter of Stalingrad. As someone born and raised in the West though, we tend to think of WW II as something that 'we' won, or...more
This is the story of the end of WW2 in Europe, a story rarely told in the West. A highlight is the portrayal of Zhukov, the mastermind of the victory, simultaneously...more
Karena itu tidak heran bila para pemenang Perang Dunia II juga berbuat sesukanya. Meskipun para petinggi negara menetapkan peraturan ketat dengan ancaman hu...more
Beevor employs a remarkably smooth narrative voice that proves his command over a *huge* volume of sources culled from a period when source materials are fleeting at best. He interprets and makes comprehensible various army orga...more
It would be gross misinterpretation of the book to describle it as military history. It's far more than that. As well as describing the battle and tactics in great detail, Beevor succesfully answers many of the questions...more
The slaughter that happened during the battle of Berlin is hard for many people to appreciate the scale of. The attitudes from the lowest of "fronviki" in the red army to the insane paranoia and goading by Stalin or his generals. From the 12 and 13 year olds of the Hitler youth press ganged into service...more
In this life you’re either a Mark or a Jeremy. I’m clearly a Mark. To save you the hassle of working out which one you are, I’ve done it for you: Russ, Jeremy; Briggsy, Mark; James, Mark; Amy, Jeremy; Joe, Mark; Grace, Mark; Humph, Mark; Yongling, Mark; Terry, Mark; Nicola, Mark; Lloyd, Jeremy; Cath, Mark; Mouldovan, Jeremy; Kindleysides, Mark; Tom, Mark; Rob, Mark; Olly, Jeremy; Coxy, Jeremy; Hywel, Mark. So there you go.
PS *Spoiler alert* The Germans lose. Although actually everybody loses.