Slaughter at Halbe
The Destruction of Hitler's 9th Army, April 1945 New edition
By (author) Tony Le Tissier
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Slaughter at Halbe by Tony Le Tissier
Book DescriptionOperation 'Berlin', the Soviet offensive launched on 16 April, 1945, by Marshals Zhukov and Koniev, isolated the German Ninth Army and tens of thousands of refugees in the Spreewald 'pocket', south-east of Berlin. Stalin ordered its encirclement and destruction and his subordinates, eager to win the race to the Reichstag, pushed General Busse's 9th Army into a tiny area east of the village of Halbe. To escape the Spreewald pocket, the remnants of 9th Army had to pass through Halbe, where barricades constructed by both sides formed formidable obstacles and the converging Soviet forces subjected the area to heavy artillery fire. By the time 9th Army eventually escaped the Soviet pincers, it had suffered 40,000 killed and 60,000 taken prisoner. Teenaged refugees recount their experiences alongside Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS veterans attempting to maintain military discipline amid the chaos and carnage of headlong retreat. While army commanders strive to extricate their decimated units, demoralised soldiers change into civilian clothing and take to the woods. Relating the story day by day, Tony Le Tissier shows the impact of total war upon soldier and civilian alike, illuminating the unfolding of great and terrible events with the recollections of participants.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750945899
(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 Corps of Royal Military Police until 1977. British governor of the Spandau Allied Prison in Berlin from 1981 to 1987, Tony is the author of Battle of Berlin, Berlin Then and Now, Farewell to Spandau, Zhukov at the Oder, Race for the Reichstag, With Our Backs to Berlin and Death Was Our Companion. He lives in Lymington, Hampshire.
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