The siege of Küstrin, 1945: gateway to Berlin
The unexpected arrival of Soviet troops at the end of January 1945 at the ancient fortress and garrison town of Kuuml;strin came as a tremendous shock to the German High Command - the Soviets were now only 50 miles from Berlin itself. The Red Army needed the vital road and rail bridges passing through Kuuml;strin for their forthcoming assault on the capital, but flooding and their own high command's strategic blunders resulted in a sixty-day siege by two Soviet armies which totally destroyed the town. The delay in the Soviet advance also gave the Germans time to consolidate the defences shielding Berlin west of the Oder River. Despite Hitler's orders to fight on to the last bullet, the Kuuml;strin garrison commander and 1,000 of the defenders managed a dramatic break-out to the German lines. The protracted siege had an appalling human cost about 5,000 Germans were killed, 9,000 wounded and 6,000 captured, and the Russians lost 5,000 killed and 15,000 wounded. Tony Le Tissier, in this graphic and painstakingly researched account, has recorded events in extraordinary detail, using the vivid eyewitness testimony of survivors to bring the story of the siege to life.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
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 have liked to hear a little from the Russian side of the personal accounts. Other than that a concise read of the siege.
Review: The Siege of Kustrin: Gateway to Berlin, 1945User Review - Goodreads
Finding this book has been a long time coming as I have carried the name of Kustrin in the back of my mind for decades. My father, an 82nd AB paratrooper POW, had been interred in Stalag IV C just ...
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