“A powerful pick... It comes packed with action shots and photos, first-hand accounts from soldiers on both sides most of which have never appeared in English and follows the months between the arrival of the Red Army in Germany to the collapse of Hitler's regime. No military collection strong in World War II should be without this specific, in-depth analysis.” The Midwest Book Review (December 2010)
“...[a] marvelously written and illustrated new work with excellent maps on a series of battles too long overlooked ... deserves to be read by any true devotee of World War II.” Military Advisor (Winter 2010/2011)
In 1944–45 the Red Army pushed westward, crushing resistance in Prussia and what had been Poland in the interwar period. The large German population mostly fled west but was often trapped. Mass murder, atrocities, and ethnic cleansing were the order of the day. A grim time not often studied in detail, but an important part of the Eastern Front story. Because it provides coverage of an underreported campaign, this is suitable for in-depth collections.