The Fall of Berlin [Antony Beevor] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A tale drenched in drama and blood, heroism and cowardice. The Fall of Berlin [Antony Beevor] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Acclaimed for his vivid re-creations of some of the twentieth. Editorial Reviews. Review. By December , many of the 3 million citizens of Berlin had stopped giving the Nazi salute, and jokes circulated that.

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The roots of the looming Cold War face-off between the western allies and the Soviets are clearly visible here. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Hundreds of thousands of women an The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached gy frontiers of the Reich in January But for anyone with an interest in the history of modern Europe, or in the dehumanisation that accompanies warfare – and the everyman’s and everywoman’s experience of that process, this book is a must.

Limbless “samovars” with wooden legs, like the men who had repulsed Napoleon, were rounded up and deported, since they cluttered up Soviet streets. How an entire nation could have been co-opted into this insane tenacity is not so easy to explain away, on the other hand, but the murderous brutality of the Felgendarmerie and SS goes a long way.

The USSR won the war against the Germans, and the only thing the Western allies can do afterwards is try to soil the record of the Soviet Army, creating the well-known stereotype of a drunken horde of godless barabrians, whipped by commissars with pompous berlib slogans, raping their way across Europe. This work does not just focus on the operational and Geo-political aspects of the Third Reich’s downfall, it also shines light on the human drama that unfolded in the midst of the horror.

This is a testament to the fact that we are one step away from brutality – one s A seminal treatise on the end of Nazi tyranny, coupled with a scathing commentary on Stalinist cruelty.

If you read “Stalingrad” and liked it – then you will find this book as I did even better. Pitiful attempts to deflect their attentions by Jewish survivors of Nazism were met with the response, ” Frau ist Frau “.

As Hitler slipped into fatalistic resignation down in his bunker, young men called Eugene, Henri or Roger from the SS Charlemagne Division were dying in his defence up above.

An aspect that troubled me in particular is that Beevor presents as fact, eyewitness accounts that I know are questioned by serious historians.

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Want to Read saving…. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The Charge to the Oder 6. Oleg Rzheshevsky, a professor and the president of the Russian Association of World War II Historians, has stated that Beevor is merely resurrecting the discredited and racist views of Neo-Nazi historians, who depicted Soviet troops as subhuman “Asiatic hordes”.

Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Writing is a very lonely business, and to be able to do it as a couple is a great luxury and stimulus. In rough terms, twice as many Berliners were killed in air raids as Londoners. Being an American, I’m often exposed to the Western slant about what happened in the war, so this read was quite refreshing. Beevor’s writing burns like a torch at night in a landscape of ruins’ LiteraryReview.

But it can be read like a …more No, it is not a novel. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I listened to the audiobook edition, read superbly by British actor Sean Barrett.

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What for, we ask. The Red army also raped, murdered and doled out shocking treatment to Soviet Citizens and POW’s liberated by their invasion of the Reich. Aug 01, Jill Hutchinson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Quotes from The Fall of Berli Descriptions of the savage fighting make up part of the book, but aren’t the primary focus.

There are interesting stories to be told, and he presents several, but in the end there’s simply not enough to support a book of this l Beevor’s skills as a writer simply aren’t able to overcome the subject matter. The German forces beevot of course “sown their wind” as they Blitzkrieged their way across the continent between andto say nothing of their monstrous racial atrocities.

An anecdote that ended up being repeated in “The Second World War” was one of Red Army troops burning down houses, then realizing they had left themselves with no shelter for downfal, for the night. Even though they often had no conception of what had been done in Russia, the rumours flew ahead of the advancing Russian formations.

I also benefited greatly from contacts with survivors and historians made when researching Stalingrad. Atrocities committed by the Red Army are not blown up and exaggerated for the sake of propaganda, nor dowmfall they whitewashed or minimized. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. This book looked like a good chance to revisit old territory. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Overall, the characterization given to major tye, from generals down to anecdotes from individual soldiers such as the story of a deserting tank group that went out on a ride on a T and were never heard from again abound, and insight is gleaned into Hitler’s way of thinking towards the end, possibly reflecting how bsevor always viewed himself as leader; his worldview is one of a malignant narcissist, with him envisioning himself as being “Germany”, and that if he should die, all Germans should die with him.


Tue 04, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: Explore the Home Gift Guide. Lots of chapters exposes the information that no one knew before and also that most people are losing their minds and their humanism during the war.

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The first when the initial wave of advancing soldiers occupies a civilian area; the second when the vanguard moves on and the following wave downfxll combat units arrives often the most indiscriminate and horrific of the phases ; the third and fourth stages as with the war’s end, the horrors of survival for some women in post-Nazi Germany include committing themselves to the ‘protection’ of anrony particular Red Army soldier or other.

Was it difficult to separate your personal lives from your writing lives at 19945 end of the day? Berlin rose from the ashes and conquered its past by confronting it; the Berlin of today is a prosperous, multicultural liberal beacon of tolerance, democracy and modernity that would have Hitler spinning in his grave if he could see it, standing as it does for the polar opposite values of Nazism.

What was it like writing with your wife Artemis Cooper. As a former army herlin turned historian, Beevor gives an exceptionally clear account of complicated military movements and the reasoning of the commanders responsible for them. And German women knew this was coming.

Several additional details, but the book looked disorganized, somewhat subjective and lacks insight, unlike The Third Reich At War by Richard J.

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A major–and controversial–theme, recurring repeatedly, is that of the rape of women. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Beevor is a former officer with the 11th Hussars who served in England and Germany for 5 years before resigning his commission.