- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: The History Press (31 July 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752441736
- ISBN-13: 978-0752441733
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,111,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Berlin Soldier: An Eyewitness Account of the Fall of Berlin Paperback – 31 Jul 2005
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About the Author
Helmut Altner, the author, worked for decades as the Paris correspondent of several German newspapers, and has now retired to live just outside the city. Tony Le Tissier, the translator and editor, is an acknowledged expert on the 1945 battle of Berlin. His other books include, The Battle of Berlin 1945 (also published by Tempus), Slaughter at Halbe: The Destruction of Hitler's 9th Army - April 1945, With Our Backs to Berlin: The German Army in Retreat 1945, Death Was Our Companion: The Final Days of the Third Reich, Farewell to Spandau, and Berlin Then and Now. He lives in Lymington in Hampshire.
Top Customer Reviews
After the unit is finished its basic training, it is sent East to man a defensive position in front of the Russian spearhead. They get there during a lull.. but when the Russian attach resumes, they begin the retreat back to Berlin.
This book really comes into its own when the Author gets involved in the fighting in the streets of Berlin. This Guy without realising it, has suddenly has become a Veteran! There are vast running battles against the Russians with thousands of Volksturm & Hitler Youth - Which ends up exactly how you might expect.
The chapters in the U-Bahn Tunnels - The ensuing Streetfighting - Back in the barracks before the surrender - are all excellent.
He goes on to describe the breakout from Berlin.. which is told in its full, absolute grimness. The subsequent flight - to eventual captivity, is superbly written IMO.
Great little book.
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