Death Was Our Companion
The Final Days of the Third Reich New edition
By (author) Tony Le Tissier
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Death Was Our Companion by Tony Le Tissier
Book DescriptionAs Hitler's dreams of a Thousand Year Reich crumbled in the face of overwhelming assaults from both East and West in the first months of 1945, the heavily out numbered German armed forces were still capable of fighting with a tenacity and professionalism at odds with the desperate circumstances. While Hitler fantasized about deploying divisions and armies that had long since ceased to exist, boys of fifteen, officer cadets, sailors and veterans of the Great War joined the survivors of shattered formations on the front line. Leading historian Tony Le Tissier gives a German perspective to the mayhem and bloodshed of the last months of the Second World War in Europe. Teenaged Flak auxiliaries recount their experiences alongside veteran Panzergrenadiers attempting to break out of Soviet encirclement. Struggles between the military, industry and the Nazi Party for influence over the defenders of Berlin contrast with a key participant's account of Goebbel's abortive attempt to conclude a cease-fire with the Soviets. This is fascinating reading for anybody interested in the ordinary soldier's experience of the culminating battles in central Europe in 1945.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750945882
(198mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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The unexpected arrival of Soviet troops at the end of January 1945 at the ancient fortress and garrison town of Kustrin came as a shock to the German high command. The Soviets were now only 50 miles from Berlin itself. This book recounts the events in detail, using eyewitness testimony to bring the story to life."
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Author Biography - Tony Le Tissier
Lt Col TONY LE TISSIER MBE served with the British Army's Royal Corps of Military Police until 1977. He was British governor of the infamous Spandau Prison in Berlin from 1981 to 1987. Tony is the author of many books on the Second World War including With Our Backs to Berlin (Sutton, 1999). He lives in Frome.
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