Zhukov At the Oder: The Decisive Battle for Berlin

Zhukov At the Oder: The Decisive Battle for Berlin

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by Tony Le Tissier
     
 

In his new book, Tony Le Tissier provides the first detailed account of the Soviet-German conflict east of Berlin, culminating in 1945 with the last major land battle in Europe that proved decisive for the fate of Berlin. When the first Red Army soldier reached the Oder on the 31st of January, everyone at the Soviet Headquarters expected Marshall Zhukov's troops to

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In his new book, Tony Le Tissier provides the first detailed account of the Soviet-German conflict east of Berlin, culminating in 1945 with the last major land battle in Europe that proved decisive for the fate of Berlin. When the first Red Army soldier reached the Oder on the 31st of January, everyone at the Soviet Headquarters expected Marshall Zhukov's troops to bring a quick end to the war. However, despite desperate fighting by both sides, a stalemate persisted for two months, at the end of which the Soviet bridgeheads north and south of Kustrin were united and the fortress finally fell. By drawing not only on official sources, but also on the accounts of individuals involved, Le Tissier meticulously reconstructs the difficult breakthrough achieved on the Oder: the establishment of bridgeheads, the battle for the fortress of Kustrin, the bloody fight for Seelow Heights. Numerous maps and step by step illustrations show the operations of both contestants in detail and reveal a most interesting episode in the history of the Second World War in Europe.

In his new book, Tony Le Tissier provides the first detailed account of the Soviet-German conflict east of Berlin, culminating in 1945 with the last major land battle in Europe that proved decisive for the fate of Berlin. When the first Red Army soldier reached the Oder on the 31st of January, everyone at the Soviet Headquarters expected Marshall Zhukov's troops to bring a quick end to the war. However, despite desperate fighting by both sides, a stalemate persisted for two months, at the end of which the Soviet bridgeheads north and south of Kustrin were united, and the fortress finally fell.

By drawing not only on official sources, but also on the accounts of individuals involved, Le Tissier meticulously reconstructs the difficult breakthrough achieved on the Oder: the establishment of bridgeheads, the battle for the fortress of Kustrin, and the bloody fight for Seelow Heights. Numerous maps and step by step illustrations show the operations of both contestants in detail and reveal a most interesting episode in the history of the Second World War in Europe.

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A detailed but highly readable account of the decisive fighting in the Oderbruch and for the Seelow Heights during the early part of 1945, made possible by the availability of new sources of information--in particular the accounts of German survivors--in the wake of the collapse of communism, the Soviet Union, and the German Democratic Republic. The volume is divided into five parts: Deputy Supreme Commander (Zhukov); the bridgeheads; launching "Operation Berlin"; the big battle; and beyond the breakthrough. Includes 16 pages of b&w photos, 29 maps, and eight appendices of related reference material. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275952303
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.09(h) x 1.07(d)

Meet the Author

TONY LE TISSIER (MBE) served 22 years in the British army, retiring in 1977 to work for the British Military Government in Berlin, his role including that of being the last British Governor of Spandau Allied Prison until its closure following the death of Rudolf Hess. After the unification of Germany in 1991, he elected to stay in Berlin working independently as a historian, writer, lecturer, and battlefields guide. His previous works include The Battle of Berlin, 1945, Berlin Then and Now, and Farewell to Spandau.

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Zhukov At the Oder: The Decisive Battle for Berlin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I am always fascinated by the Battle for Berlin in 1945 when the Red Guards crushed into Berlin after their first Victory of the Wehrmacht in the Battle for Stalingrad 2 years ago and John Le Tissier is definitely an expert in this aspect as he researched thoroughly to the finest details of this Grand War involving more than 2 million soldiers on both sides.This book tells you not only the fierce fighting at the Sellow Heights, the decimated German War Machine or the rush for preparation for the Last Showdown in Berlin but also about Human Courage, Discipline, Sacrifice,as well as the madness of the Fuhrer and his cronies at the German Highest Command.