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The Battle of Konigsberg: The Struggle for the East Prussian Capital, October 1944 to April 1945 Paperback – 24 Jun 2012

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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (24 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477676295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477676295
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By FourMed on 12 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
The book is a concise and detailed analysis of the Battle of Konigsberg. An introduction to the history of East Prussia and its capital city, fortified over many centuries, puts the final siege into context. The dramatic course of the battle is followed in great detail describing the military units engaged and their tactics and equipment. Eye witness accounts bring to life the suffering on both sides. Accompanying photographs and detailed maps show the course of the siege and its impact on the city and its people. The strengths and weaknesses of the German and Soviet armies and air forces are analysed as the battle progresses. Biographies and photographs of the main commanders illuminate their actions and the influences of Hitler and Stalin. A comprehensive index and bibliography is included . This book will be of considerable interest to those who want an in depth study of this little known campaign and its strategic importance.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Sept. 2012
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I'm not very knowledgable about the Eastern Front or the defensive portion of the war from the German point of view but I couldn't put this book down from start to finish. It takes you inside the battle, through the real experiences of everyone involved from the top brass all the way down to the poor guys fighting from street to street, and house to house. With the winter nights drawing in and the cold temperatures falling, this will be the ideal book to tka eyou to the second world war's most desperate theater.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By David I. Walker on 11 Oct. 2012
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This is a very well-written and carefully researched book about the Battle to capture Konigsberg ( German - Kings Hill ) now in a ' island slice ' of Russian territory sepearted from Russia by Poland , and of course the new name given to the city is Kaliningrad . I can't fault the book , and after reading this , found careful , scholarly research . One important comment I would make is that you ignore the 1 star review , where it makes out that the author was ' wrong ' to not include the story of the sinking of the Wilhlem Gustloff -
The trouble with this ' missing item ' is that the Wilhelm Gustloff sailed from Gotenhafen ( present day Gdynia ) - and was never based in Konigsberg- I can easily say that this book was NOT dry , and I have no axe to grind on this matter .

East Prussia was the first genuine part of the German home lands that fell to the Red Army in 1945. Already by 1944 some parts of East Prussia had been under the attack of the Soviets. The tragedy became complete in April 1945. The losses and horrors German civilians had to endure were tremendous.

The Red Army showed its worst after the capture of East Prussia. The discovery of the Red Army's behavior in late 1944 in some of the border towns led to the most severe battles ever to be fought in East Prussia. The German army tried in vain to save the civilians from the Red Army onslaught.

The battle for East Prussia ended with the siege of Konigsberg and Pillau, April 1945. The loss of human lives during these battles for East Prussia was very high.
you can read for yourself , just why this was so ........
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dave History Student on 22 Sept. 2012
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This book like the author's earlier works focuses on the strategic and tactical aspects of battle and in the Preface Mr Taylor explains his interest and coverage of the book. He acknowledges the dramatic human interest aspect associated with this period but explains it will fall outside his purview.

This book begins with a brief history of Konigsberg then moves into a summary of some of the significant military and political events of the war that leads up to Operation Bagration and the entry into Poland. When the story truly begins on the Soviet invasion of Prussia, the reader will have a good understanding of the history and status of the two enemies and the importance of controlling East Prussia.

Chapter 3 begins the six month Soviet invasion of East Prussia ending in the fall of the country and capitulation of the Konigsberg.
The Germans were greatly outnumbered but yet put up determined resistance that made Chernyakhovsky's 3rd Belorussian Front stumble a number of times. The battle for Courtland to the northeast with the Baltic Front is also touched on as well. Mr Taylor gives Chernyakhovsky high praise but the Soviet general, though deserving praise, underestimated the Germans and made several tactical errors early in the campaign, delaying victory. Other key figures in the story were Lasch, Hossbach, Reinhardt, Raus, Koch, Zhukov, Vasilevsky, Rokossovsky, Bagramyan and of course Hitler and Stalin.

The presentation is almost equally distributed between the two adversaries with perhaps a slight plurality for the Germans. Its also concise and to the point and if you have any interest in the nearly daily tactical events of this battle, this book will not bore you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. C. Robertson on 14 Feb. 2013
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An undoubtedly thorough step by step account of the battle, but very difficult to engage
with the narrative. The only moments that rise above the academic treatise are the very
few personal insights from those who took part.
If you need facts, this is fine but there are many more imaginative and captivating
accounts of the inevitable demise of the Wehrmacht in East Prussia.
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