Hitler's Third Reich was on the brink of total ruin in mid-April 1945, and the Red Army was poised less than 60 miles to the east and ready to seize the German capital with 2.5 millions of soldiers and 6000+ tanks and SP guns. This book describes the events in this engaging history, examining the Soviets' march towards Berlin and the Germans' final resistance. This book, supplemented with a host of maps and illustrations, provides a vivid portrayal of the death throes of the Third Reich and the end of the war in Europe, exploring the strategy of both sides and the tactics of impromptu urban warfare. For the German army in berlin, there were no alternatives, to fight to the death, or to be captured by an enemy, that longed for a complete revenge. For the Russians, after 4 years of a bloody war, there was still the last Nazi bastion to conquer, and even here, at the end of the war, the battle would be plagued by death. The European part of the war had to finish right there, in the Reichstag, and even there, the battle would be room by room.
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