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Race for the Reichstag : the 1945 Battle for Berlin
Le Tissier, Tony, 1932-
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Publication Information:
London ; Portland, OR : F. Cass, [1999]

Physical Description:
xix, 265 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.

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D757.9.B4 L44 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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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In the closing days of WW II, Josef Stalin ordered Marshals Zhukov and Koniev to direct Soviet forces toward Berlin, where the Reichstag building had become the symbol of German power, although it had burned in 1933 and the entrances were bricked up. Le Tissier, the last British governor of Spandau Allied Prison, has written a detailed, almost hour-by-hour history of the final days of the battle for Berlin and the capture of the Reichstag. While Hitler's vassals competed for his favors and his generals issued orders for units that no longer existed, rival Soviet marshals Zhukov and Koniev drove their troops toward the goal: the Reichstag. The author portrays the bloody conflict as Soviet soldiers battled German troops street by street, floor by floor, through office buildings, apartments, alleyways, across canals, through railroad tunnels, while terrified civilians sought refuge wherever they could. Using Soviet records as well as numerous German archival and memoir sources, Le Tissier has written a vivid account of the final battle of WW II in Europe. His book deserves to be in all WW II collections. All levels. K. Eubank; CUNY Queens College

Table of Contents

David M. Glantz
List of Mapsp. vii
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
List of Abbreviationsp. xvii
1 The Goalp. 1
2 Berlinp. 11
3 The Russians Are Coming!p. 29
3 The Russians Are Coming!p. 29
4 Encirclementp. 40
5 Siege Preparationsp. 64
6 Encirclement Completedp. 77
7 The Noose Tightensp. 100
8 No Reliefp. 129
9 The Last Roundp. 154
10 Ultimate Victoryp. 175
1 Soviet Order-of-Battle for 'Operation Berlin'p. 196
2 Order-of-Battle of the Main German Forces Engaged in 'Operation Berlin'p. 208
3 Zhukov's Orders for Artillery Support in the Berlin Street-fighting Phasep. 215
4 Fuhrer Order of 21 January 1945p. 217
Notesp. 219
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 249
Armed Forces Indexp. 261