The classic account of the final offensive against Hitler’s Third Reich.
The Battle for Berlin was the culminating struggle of World War II in the European theater, the last offensive against Hitler’s Third Reich, which devastated one of Europe’s historic capitals and marked the final defeat of Nazi Germany. It was also one of the war’s bloodiest and most pivotal battles, whose outcome would shape international politics for decades to come.
The Last Battle is Cornelius Ryan’s compelling account of this final battle, a story of brutal extremes, of stunning military triumph alongside the stark conditions that the civilians of Berlin experienced in the face of the Allied assault. As always, Ryan delves beneath the military and political forces that were dictating events to explore the more immediate imperatives of survival, where, as the author describes it, “to eat had become more important than to love, to burrow more dignified than to fight, to exist more militarily correct than to win.”
The Last Battle is the story of ordinary people, both soldiers and civilians, caught up in the despair, frustration, and terror of defeat. It is history at its best, a masterful illumination of the effects of war on the lives of individuals.
Well written and a real mindful captivating read! The atrocities of war and the alliances of perceived friendships, betrayals and the outright blaming and holding accountable for poor leadership!! In the end, Hitler was his own worst enemy who tore down his leadership for not accomplishing his goal of domination because he as the ultimate leader did not supply his military with the necessary tools they needed. GREAT BOOK TO READ, despite it’s age (1966) it is based upon much factually based information believed to have been supplied by Heinrici himself.
Godspeed & Good Reads!