The Siege of Küstrin: Gateway to Berlin, 1945

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Stackpole Books, 2011 - History - 312 pages
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A graphic account of a bloody battle on the Eastern Front in the final months of World War II. Kustrin, about 50 miles from Berlin, was one of the final roadblocks standing between the Red Army and the Third Reich's capital, and the Germans defended it tenaciously--with high-school students and old men. The Germans were driven from Kustrin but forced teh Soviets into a sixty-day siege.
  

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Good book on a little known siege during the final days of WWII. Seemed a little dry in places and favored the German side in terms of first hand accounts. These accounts however were excellent. Would ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 The Development of a Fortress 1
1
Chapter 2 The VistulaOder Operation 11
11
Chapter 3 Defence Preparations 31
31
Chapter 4 The Russians Are Here 42
42
Chapter 5 The Siege Begins 63
63
PHOTO SECTION
96
Chapter 6 The Russians Close In 97
97
Chapter 7 Evacuation 146
146
Chapter 11 Consequences 260
260
Küstrin Garrison Units as at 22 February 1945 268
268
Reinefarths Report on the Fall of Küstrin Fortress and the Breakout of the Surviving Garrison 269
269
Kreisleiter Körners Report 274
274
Notes 292
292
Bibliography 301
301
Index 303
303
Armed Forces Index 310
310

Chapter 8 Assault on the Neustadt 174
174
Chapter 9 Assault on the Altstadt 204
204
Chapter 10 Breakout 235
235
Other Books in the Series
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Back Cover
321
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TONY LE TISSIER (MBE) served 22 years in the British army, retiring in 1977 to work for the British Military Government in Berlin, his role including that of being the last British Governor of Spandau Allied Prison until its closure following the death of Rudolf Hess. After the unification of Germany in 1991, he elected to stay in Berlin working independently as a historian, writer, lecturer, and battlefields guide. His previous works include The Battle of Berlin, 1945, Berlin Then and Now, and Farewell to Spandau.

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