How did top Red Army commanders see the assault on Berlin in 1945 – and what was their experience of the last, terrible battle of the Second World War in Europe? Personal accounts by the leading generals involved – Zhukov, Koniev and Chuikov – have been published in English, but the recollections of their principal subordinates haven’t been available in the west before, and it is their role in the final Soviet offensive that is the focus of Tony Le Tissier’s book. These were the officers responsible for the execution of the Red Army’s plan for the assault: those in immediate touch with the troops on the front line of the advance. They saw most clearly where the operation succeeded and where it failed. Their recollections, publication of which was long banned in the Soviet Union, throw a new light on the course of battle and on the inner workings of the Red Army command in the final phase of the conflict.
SOVIET CONQUEST Berlin 1945
The memoirs of the three Russian commanders – Zhukov, Koniev and Chuikov – who seized Berlin in 1945 are available in English. This book, by a British military historian long resident in the German capital, uses the writings of the second rank of Soviet commanders – those responsible for the front lines – in this unique account of the war in Europe’s final battle.