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A city ripe for rape. The war in Europe is nearly over. From East and West the Allied armies are converging on the ruins of Berlin. Luftwaffe piolots are sent on suicide missions to ram enemy bombers. The Nazi leadership prepares for suicide. Those who try to flee the holocaust are turned back with threats and bullets. Soon Russian troops are in the city itself, mopping up ...more
Paperback, 478 pages
Published 1969 by Panther
(first published 1956)
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Mar 01, 2013 Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk rated it really liked it
I first read this book when it came out in the Panther edition and it has stayed in my memory since. It's really a book in two parts, the first (almost three-quarters) being about the fall of Berlin in memorable descriptions of collapse, chaos and insane fanaticism followed by the return of the hero, Zecke, from Soviet imprisonment and working in East Berlin. Certain images from the book have stayed with me since that first reading over 40 years ago (perhaps it was my age?) and I still recall th ...more