The Eastern Front witnessed the critical battles between the German and Russian armies which won and lost the Second World War. In Red Storm on the Reich, Christopher Duffy uncovers a military campaign of unprecedented scale and ferocity during which thirty million lives were lost - a deadly harvest in which the slaughter and suffering of German ...
The Eastern Front witnessed the critical battles between the German and Russian armies which won and lost the Second World War. In Red Storm on the Reich, Christopher Duffy uncovers a military campaign of unprecedented scale and ferocity during which thirty million lives were lost - a deadly harvest in which the slaughter and suffering of German civilians reached unfathomable dimensions. By quoting extensively from the memoirs of Soviet and German commanders and the diaries of infantrymen, Red Storm on the Reich brings to life not only the Russian military assault on the lands of Germany, but also the human drama behind what can only be called epic seiges of the fortress cities of Danzig, Kolberg and Breslau. Christopher Duffy's gripping narrative of this unexplored offensive and the psyches behind it makes for essential reading for all those interested in the Second World War and European history.
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I like Christopher Duffy's other work, which focuses on the 18th century, so he covers similar terrain 200 years later. Solid piece, drawing heavily on memoirs of participants, but no major archival revelations from the recently collapsed Soviet Union (he wrote this in 1992). Curiously to me, he left out the Battle of Berlin. I assume to give the run-up more attention in its own right. Solid piece of work by a competent military historian.
Oct 8, 2009
What a wonderful as well heartbreaking book about the final days of the Third Reich. Full of rich details and great summary of forces launched against the bulwarks of the Reich.
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