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Race for the Reichstag - The 1945 Battle for Berlin (Hardcover): Tony Le Tissier Mbe Race for the Reichstag - The 1945 Battle for Berlin (Hardcover)
Tony Le Tissier Mbe
R3,100 Discovery Miles 31 000 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The soldiers of the Red Army identified the Reichstag as the victor's prize to be taken in Berlin. Stalin had promised Berlin to Marshal Zhukov, but the latter's blundering in the preliminary breakthrough battle threw his timetable and forced a complete change of plan for reducing the city. Stalin used the opportunity to chasten his subordinates by allowing Marshal Koniev, Zhukov's rival, to introduce one of his tank armies into the competition unknown to Zhukov. Abandoning the rest of his army group, Koniev personally directed this army in the hope of grabbing the prize.


Meanwhile, the Germans improvised a defence with inadequate resources. The remains of General Weidling's 56th Panzer Corps were reluctantly dragged into the city in a futile attempt to prolong the life of the Third Reich, whose leaders squabbled and schemed in their underground shelters, a world apart from the reality outside, where their subjects suffered and died unheeded. Ten days later, after the successive suicides of Hitler and Goebbels, the survivors chose between breakout and surrender.


This account of the battle lays the many myths created by Soviet propaganda after the event and details what exactly happened as the Red Army and the Allies raced to be the first to the Reichstag.

Race for the Reichstag - The 1945 Battle for Berlin (Paperback): Tony Le Tissier Mbe Race for the Reichstag - The 1945 Battle for Berlin (Paperback)
Tony Le Tissier Mbe
R1,156 Discovery Miles 11 560 Out of stock

The soldiers of the Red Army identified the Reichstag as the victor's prize to be taken in Berlin. This account of the battle lays the many myths created by Soviet propaganda after the event to rest and details what exactly happened as the Red Army and the Allies raced to be the first at the Reichstag.

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