The Siege of Küstrin, 1945: Gateway to Berlin

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Pen & Sword Military, 2009 - History - 312 pages
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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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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

Introduction
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The Russian Siege of August 1758
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The VistulaOder Operation
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Copyright

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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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