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Excellent, if slightly irritating and difficult to follow,,
By A Customer
This review is from: Berlin: The Downfall, 1945 (Hardcover)As a total effort Beevor's book sheds light to hitherto somewhat obscure part of the WWII, as generally 1945 is regarded as a swift downfall of Germany. It is not often remembered what kind of resistance Germany still came up with despite being on the run in every direction. However, the broad picture contains some slightly irritating bits. I had trouble following the various routes of the Red Army referred to by only their commanders, i.e. Konov, Zhukov, Zhuikov, and some remarks to their earlier fame in Stalingrad (Mr Beevor's earlier book is next on my to read list.) Worse, I had to check the maps when it was mentioned that some troops were approaching berlin from the West, and my suspicions got even worse when it was stated that someone went to Soviet embassy to declare war on june 22. 1942. However, these were just irritating pebbles on a well-built road.
One point worth noting is the hurry of the Red Army to capture the German uranium stockpile from the southwest part of Berlin and the effect this had on the agreements with the americans. Maybe the US was duped worse than they still have realised? For this information alone Mr Beevor deserves all his fame. This book may not be exact history nor a novel, but it certainly is a well-packed treasury of information to us amateurs on WWII