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Author Topic: Book: Excellent Book on Battle for Berlin  (Read 4270 times)
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« on: 11 October 2009, 21:54:59 »
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I picked up an excellent book on the Battle of Berlin recently.  The title is:

Bloody Streets: The Soviet Assault on Berlin, April 1945 by A. Stephan Hamilton

Author Hamilton has drawn from much of the archival information compiled by Cornelius Ryan, which was tremendous in volume.  Ryan himself said that he simply couldn't include but a fraction of all the information, data, interviews, etc. in his book, Last Battle: The Classic History of the Battle for Berlin.  Hamilton has gone well beyond that, including detailed action in the various sections of the city.  He covers the prelude to the assault on the city, the battle for the Seelowe heights, and then leads into the terrible struggle for the city.

Details and first person accounts abound, and the book is as dramatic as it is factual.  There are many things in this book that were glossed over by history, or simply not included in other books because they were considered embarrassing to the Soviets.  The terrible battle between Zhukov and Koniev to be the first to the Reichstag is covered in detail, and this is the first read I've seen where the fratricide is covered in detail.  The two Soviet armies literally fought each other tooth and nail for days, not realizing they were firing on each other, with Soviet artillery crashing down on Soviet troops.

There are detailed maps of the city, these being aerial photographs showing streets and buildings.  Sometimes the route of an individual tank is shown, so detailed are some of the maps and information presented.  Unit positions are shown in advance and retreat, and you can actually follow some of the units from the narrative and then by looking at the maps, as they move through the city streets.

I would highly recommend this book to any student of the Berlin battles.  It is exceptionally well done and a necessary addition to anyones military library.

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http://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Streets-Soviet-Assault-Berlin/dp/1906033129/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255368529&sr=8-1
# ISBN-10: 1906033129
# ISBN-13: 978-1906033125
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« Reply #1 on: 12 January 2010, 11:01:42 »
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Sounds like a good book and a must have....but the price is far to high for a book.
$155... I am sure if I order it I will be shot by my wife Knipoog
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« Reply #2 on: 12 January 2010, 14:51:19 »
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If your really unlucky she'll only kneecap you.
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« Reply #3 on: 14 January 2010, 04:56:08 »
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Henk,
  It was under $100 here in the States when I got it.  I checked with the "War Department" before buying it, and she said it was okay.  I agree though, $155 is way up there.  You might try a used copy.  I had to get quite a few "must have" books as used, and was lucky they were in pretty good shape.  I did that for Hells Gate, keeping the price under $80.  Then it gets reprinted recently.  Ugh!!   hdbng

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« Reply #4 on: 14 January 2010, 09:23:23 »
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It will get cheaper...and I have asked my friend in London to keep an eye out for this book.
He lives near a very large bookstore in London, and buys books for me every now and than.
Saves a lot of money Knipoog
For some reasons books from abroad are expensive here Bedroefd
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