The Fall of Berlin 1945 by Antony Beevor

The Fall of Berlin 1945

The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January 1945. Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality. The result was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known, with tanks crushing refugee columns under their tracks, mass rape, pillage and destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred because Nazi Party chiefs, refu...

Details The Fall of Berlin 1945

TitleThe Fall of Berlin 1945
Release DateApr 29th, 2003
PublisherPenguin Books
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, War, World War II, Military, Military History, Cultural, Germany

Reviews The Fall of Berlin 1945

  • Bettie
    Soviet soldiers hoist the red flag over the Reichstag in May 1945 grramazon description is a naff affair, I shall find proper information on a better site:Berlin: The Downfall 1945 (aka The Fall of Berlin 1945 in the US) isite:Berlin: Soviet soldiers hoist the red flag over the Reichstag in May 1945
  • fourtriplezed
    I do have issues with some of the text not being footnoted in a manner I find useful but there is a fine bibliography and a section of interviews, diary and unpublished accounts. In the end though an interesting read on the appalling fall of Berlin that showed that the enemies each had no idea as to the humanity of each other. Propaganda by the opposing sides was always fierce and in the end with the Eastern Front being probably the most brutal e...
  • Edward
    List of IllustrationsMapsGlossaryPreface--Berlin: The Downfall: 1945ReferencesSource NotesSelect BibliographyIndex
  • Gerry
    What could I possibly say that I hadn't already alluded to within my previous updates. I read "Stalingrad" in the snow outside on purpose in January of 2009, I read Beevor's "D-Day" in April of 2010 and believe that Stephen Ambrose still holds my attention best on that topic, "Paris After the Liberation" I read in November of 2011 and here on 14 January, 2013 I completed "The Fall of Berlin 1945". I believe that "Stalingrad" was brilliant, but th...
  • Manray9
    Beevor's account of the final collapse of Nazi Germany is not great historical writing. The narrative reads as a catalogue of events without the binding literary thread necessary to weave a compelling historical tale. There is little development of the historical figures -- their stories are not fleshed out. You end the book knowing not much more about Zhukov, Guderian, Chiukov or Weidling than when you started. The Fall of Berlin 1945 is weak al...
  • Sweetwilliam
    I am going to have to make some space for this one on my favorite’s shelf. This is my second Antony Beevor book and I have to say I’m a Beelevor!!!! This was every bit as entertaining as the Beev’s Stalingrad. One more book like this and I will be ready to proclaim Antoney Beevor the Hornfischer of the land war in Europe!!! More appropriately, Beevor is to WWII history what Justin Bieber is to pop music. In fact, I’m sure if Antoney Beevo...
  • Emily
    I think my politics are already pretty transparent so let's dive in with what occupies my mind at the moment. It is frustrating that you cannot compare Trump to Hitler without being dismissed as making an argument that isn't the one you're making. It isn't the simple transitive, Hitler bad, Trump bad, therefore Trump like Hitler. Instead, it's the whole barrel of specific rotten qualities: the thin-skinned self-aggrandizement, the insistence on e...
  • Jill Hutchinson
    A truly amazing book that looks at the last few months of the Third Reich and the horrors visited on the population of Berlin by the Red Army. That Army was frenzied by their experiences at the hands of the Nazis when Germany invaded Russia and they wreaked unimaginable suffering in their revenge....tanks crushing civilians, mass rape, pillage and total destruction. The author does a masterful job of reconstructing the experiences of those millio...
  • Czarny Pies
    Antony Beevor is one of the greatest historians of the second half of the twentieth century. The Nobel Literature Committee has not a awarded the prize to an historian since 1953. The time to award another is long overdue; Beevor would be a very logical choice.Beevor trained at Sandhurst and served for five years in the British army. Despite being admirably trained to write the type of technical history that military academies use to train their ...
  • Michael Scott
    In The Fall of Berlin 1945, Antony Beevor tries to depict, as graphically as possible, the atrocious actions of the Russian troops (and the clumsy non-action by their American and British allies) in the eventful taking of Berlin, the symbolic civic center of Nazi Germany. Overall, I did not like this book: while it is informative and has some good pieces of analytical material, it has a subjective approach and a questionable goal, and uses histor...
  • Tim Mercer
    In this book Beevor covers in detail the final offensives into Eastern Germany. He does a masterly job of describing the events from the leadership level down to the individuals experience in the final 6 months of the war. For the size of the book Beevor covers an incredible range of topics. He explores not just the military aspects of this period but also the social impacts and changes wrought by the war. He additionally frames the Eastern Front...
  • Marc
    During World War II, some of the most savage fighting took place between the Germans and the Russians on the Eastern Front. Not only was it a war of ideology between National Socialism and Communism, it was often a war of annihilation as well. This book is a fascinating read about the last days of the Third Reich, with lots of focus on the German and Soviet high commands, as well as the trials and tribulations of the German civilians caught up in...
  • Charles Mccain
    The Red Army's invasion of Berlin in January 1945 was one of the most terrifying examples of fire and sword in history. Frenzied by terrible memories of Wehrmacht and SS brutality, the Russians wreaked havoc, leaving hundreds of thousands of civilians dead and millions more fleeing westward. Drawing upon newly available material from former Soviet files, as well as from German, American, British, French, and Swedish archives, bestselling author A...
  • Kate Forsyth
    The story of the Fall of Berlin is one of terror and betrayal, destruction and bloodshed, rape and revenge, and is not one for the faint-hearted. Antony Beevor has examined every aspect of the events leading up to the cataclysmic destruction of Berlin in April 1945. The book is incredibly well-researched, and beautifully written, but is best for those who have already extensively studied the history of Germany in the Second World War, or those wi...
  • Tyler
    It sits at the top of the human drama, and every so often I have to go back and read about World War II. This book looked like a good chance to revisit old territory.I was attracted by the book's promise of new accounts and insights to this battle. It turned out that a lot of what people have remarked (tanks and refugee columns, etc.) was stuff already known about: no new perfidious behaviour or atrocities to speak of.Still, it's not bad. Who, in...
  • Gary Haynes
    A seminal treatise on the end of Nazi tyranny, coupled with a scathing commentary on Stalinist cruelty. What comes across in this wonderful nonfiction work, which reads like a thriller novel, is Beevor's extraordinary grasp of his subject matter, his meticulous research, and refusal to stoop to generalities. The population of Berlin suffered for their sins, especially the woman, and Beevor does not pull any punches. This is a testament to the fac...
  • Paul
    In two words: utterly compelling. Antony Beevor's widely praised account of the ultimate battle for the heart of the Nazi Reich, and the pure horror of it all, is a book worthy of high praise indeed. The scene is ably set in the opening chapters with the setting of the various battle orders, the intricacies of the political machinations in fearsome effect, and the descriptions of lives interrupted on the home fronts; Beevor expertly brings the re...
  • Elliott Bignell
    I had tears in my eyes as I began compiling this review, shortly before finishing the book. The suffering which it relentlessly and rather coolly lays out seems on the one hand as if it ought to be unimaginable. On the other hand, it sounds no different to accounts of the 30 Years War, except with the addition of industrial-scale killing machinery. Germany has seen this before, and at least in the mid-20th Century had still not learned from the e...
  • Emilio Mendez
    Say what you will about Hitler and the Nazis, but you cant help but feel for the ordinary German people in this poignant end to Germany in WWII. They really did fight to the the bitter end, outnumbered, outgunned with no chance of victory. What would you do in this position? Antony Beevor's ability to reconstruct the helplessness of the situation, from the upper echelons of the leadership to women and children fleeing,gives a stark contrast. The ...
  • Charles
    This is an advanced military history. It discusses the military campaign of the Soviet and Allies drive on Berlin. It also discusses to a large extent the political and social collateral damage of the conquest of Nazi Germany. It is mainstream in its approach, not offering any radical perspective on the Russo-German war in 1944-45. Differently from other histories of the period I’ve read, it contains use of a large number of Soviet sources vers...
  • Leftbanker
    I've read people on GR criticizing Beevor as a historian saying that he doesn't develop his characters, among other things. Horse shit. I love him as a historian because he's much better at writing than most historians. I don't give a crap if you detail everything the way some people expect, if you can't keep a reader's interest I have no use for you. Beevor writes with the skill of the best authors of thrillers. Unputdownable is an invented word...
  • Ruth
    For the last few of weeks, every time my husband sits down to another b&w WW2 Hollywood movie (he's just discovered 'a channel') I think, But It Wasn't Like That. It wasn't like that at all.Almost 30 years ago I met a man who had been with the British troops that first entered Belsen. It was seared on his mind. What we should remember is that ALL WAR does this to people. There probably has never been a war where rape wasn't used as a weapon of te...
  • Neil Fox
    After a fascinating guided walking tour entitled "the last days of the Third Reich" during a recent weekend in Berlin, I felt compelled to re-read Anthony Beevor's "Berlin, the Downfall 1945" which, together with his other masterpiece Stalingrad, are among the finest military histories from World War 2. Taken together and complemented by a viewing of the Bruno Ganz movie " Downfall", these 2 books will provide the student of WW2 history with a gr...
  • Jim
    Antony Beevor's " The Fall of Berlin 1945" is an excellent account of the final battles of the Eastern Front, specifically focusing on the Soviet push into Germany in early 1945 and the subsequent battle of Berlin that April.This work does not just focus on the operational and Geo-political aspects of the Third Reich's downfall, it also shines light on the human drama that unfolded in the midst of the horror. Woven into the book are various perso...
  • Neri.
    This book was a challenge because of how long it was and how much information was in it. I have to say, that the author did a great job by collecting all the facts and putting them into this book. Lots of chapters exposes the information that no one knew before and also that most people are losing their minds and their humanism during the war. Very informative and yet very hard to read at the times book which should be read by every history enthu...
  • Sebastien
    "The Fall of Berlin 1945" which could have also been called, "How the Soviets Tricked, Raped, and Strong-Armed their Way into Central Europe," kind of rocked me. I can certainly see why the Soviet Union's inheritor state, Russia, was displeased when it was published. It does not paint a pretty picture of the Soviet Union.However, it never once came across to me as an agenda-driven book where Beevor is trying his best to revise history to paint th...
  • RJ Corby
    This is an excellent and enlightening look about what happened on the Eastern Front of World War II. This book also destroys some myths about the end of the war. Being an American, I'm often exposed to the Western slant about what happened in the war, so this read was quite refreshing. I have a natural inclination to question whatever I read - I don't just automatically believe anything. But, from what I have read, and I've done a fair amount of ...
  • Tadas Talaikis
    Several additional details, but the book looked disorganized, somewhat subjective and lacks insight, unlike The Third Reich At War by Richard J. Evans.It is the story about basically three things: 1) how "thousand year empire" (e.g. last Roman empire) with its psychotic beliefs was raped by Russians (e.g. "untermensch", like "white niggers") which would be remembered for another "thousand years", 2) how medieval "I'm not guilty, I just work here"...
  • Erik Graff
    This is an excellent history of the last months of Nazi Germany with a focus on Berlin and the Soviet advance. While much of it concerns day-by-day dispositions of military units, accompanied by maps, enough consists of personal accounts to allow those of us who are not military historians to enjoy this substantial book.A major--and controversial--theme, recurring repeatedly, is that of the rape of women. According to Beevor this was wholesale, d...
  • Iain
    Beevor's skills as a writer simply aren't able to overcome the subject matter. He does an admirable job of making an interesting read out of a rather excruciatingly boring topic. The clumsiness of the Soviets, the megalomania of Stalin, the naivety of the Americans, the irrelevance of the British, all play out against the pathetic condition of the German people. There are interesting stories to be told, and he presents several, but in the end the...