This latest book by Ian Baxter in the Images of War Series provides an absorbing insight into the German Army's retreat from the wastelands of the Eastern and Western Fronts to the very gates of a bombed and battered Berlin.
Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe, Hitlerjugend and Volksturm personnel attempted to defend every yard of ground against the overwhelming Allied forces. As the final months of the war are played out the reader learns how the Germans fought to the death in a desperate attempt to prevent what Hitler called the 'two fold devastation of the Reich'. Those German forces fortunate enough to survive the crushing ferocity of the enemy's ground and air onslaught gradually streamed back towards Berlin until they were eventually either destroyed or taken prisoner by the conquering Allied armies.
Using graphic and rare contemporary images accompanied by detailed captions and text, Retreat to Berlin vividly portrays the full measure of the desperate fighting and cost in human terms.
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Table of Contents
Assessment of the German Soldier mid-late 1944 7
Chapter 1 Defensive Battles in the East 8
Chapter 2 Action in Poland 28
Chapter 3 Collapse in the East 49
Chapter 4 Defence of the Reich 69
Chapter 5 Stemming the Russian Advance 91
Chapter 6 Last Defence Before Berlin 110
Appendix I Hitler's 'Fortified Area' Order March 1944 123
Appendix II A Typical German Infantry Regiment 1944 125
The Author 128