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I can't fault the book's writing or the detailed research - recommended,
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This review is from: The Battle of Konigsberg: The Struggle for the East Prussian Capital, October 1944 to April 1945 (Paperback)
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 ........