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The Western democracies wanted to win the war at a minimal cost in friendly casualties, which is not some sort of character flaw.

His monumental work of military history, Armageddon: I know I will be looking for an in depth book on that last year in East Prussia, the winter of “blood and cor. Perhaps most compelling — and probably least known to American readers — is the vivid account of how close an entire nation came to martyrdom: Roosevelt displayed no inclination to play the warlord as Churchill did, nor to impose his authority upon the military decision-makers except on the largest issues.

Dec 26, Marc rated it it was amazing Shelves: AlmostJews were shipped to concentration camps from Hungary in mid In fact, the battle of encirclement, or Kesselschlachthas never been a part of U.

Very good informative read, on the battle for Germany, most from the the Soviet side, very very good read. A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill’s life. But more shocking than the quantity of the killing is the quality. Hastings notes that the Red Army and Germans had no such concern and could be much more profligate with their armies.

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They were better than we were: He makes it all interesting and Armageddon: The post-Normandy operational account will be utterly familiar to anyone with even a passing knowledge of the battles under discussion.

The death toll was so immense it defeats visualisation. But reason, let alone morality, had little chance against the perverted notions of duty that Hitler had cultivated in the German nation. Leadership also played an important role with Generals like Patton, Kuzhov and Rommel able to achieve more than their peers under similar circumstances. There was no room,” he writes, “for tactical sophistication here, merely the murderous hammering at the German positions line by line, until each in turn collapsed The rising scale of casualties has led the British Command recently to behave more and more cautiously.


Mar 12, Raymond rated it it was amazing. A must read for students of the Second World War.

The author asks an interesting question and is upfront that a lot of what they have to say isn’t particularly novel. Without their input to underline the events, the rest of the excellent narritive would be wasted and greatly adds to the feelings of the impact of war has on soldiers and civilans alike.

What I found most refreshing was Mr.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Hitler’s decision to fight the war on two fronts and the failure to capture Stalingrad proved to be the turning point of the war, accelerating Nazi Germany’s decline in Eu Comprehensive coverage on last days of World War II in the Western Hemisphere from American, British, German and Soviet Union perspectives by bringing in first hand accounts from soldiers and civilians. The chance to speak to those who took part in this piece of history is slipping away as time takes it’s grim toll.

Finishing off the beast

I used to work with an applied mathematician who was the oldest grandson of an American World War II hero; he once asked me, what I thought of Patton’s idea of pushing the Russians out of Europe after having pushed away the Germans.

Even after Valya had completed university and applied for work at a Kazan shipbuilders in the s, when the manager saw that her papers showed her to be an ex-Nazi prisoner he said grimly: It was sacred in the British Army to ensure that your soldiers got a hot meal every 24 hours.

It has chapters on the ill-planned Operation Market Garden, the Warsaw Rising which General Anders thought was madnessthe Soviet conquest of East Prussia a German woman told Hastings, “It was our Holocaust, but nobody cares”the hungry winter of in Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, and so on until the German surrender.

Apr 05, Doubledf His forthright military analysis is softened by a deep appreciation of the human cost of war. Like all large volumes, it cannot cover everything in this last year of the war, but offers teasers that make the reader realize that they didn’t know about something that was covered and took a lesser space in another history. Hastings succeeds in explaining why the Germans fought so tenaciously even after the war was obviously lost.


The technique works triumphantly. Everyone is subjected to his critical analysis.

The Battle of the Bulge, Hastings argues, only made the high command more paranoid about bold moves. This is a long book but full of insights and information. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, by Max Hastings

Saturday 29 December Hastings does not spare the reader in his descriptions of the price of the war on its military and civilian participants, as the Wall Street Journal said in its review of the book: Of how the communist and nazi leaders used their ideological fanaticisms to push their soldiers ahead.

His assessments are overall critical while acknowledging the successes of individual commanders and units when necessary. The strengths of the book involve describing destruction and death without coming off as too grotesque or macabre.

Besides providing the historical facts about the final battle for Germany The Battle for Germany” is the best book i have gdrmany read about WW2, period. Armageedon pulls no punches as he details the reality of those days, the terrible price paid by the Soviets in their campaigns, the revenge they inflicted on the Germans for the horrors that the Germans had inflicted on the Soviet Union and the struggles of the Western Allies as they grind their way through Germany, and discover the grim reality of their German opponents who many believed were civilized, but had stooped to the barbarism of the concentration camps.