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The Western democracies wanted to win the war at a minimal cost in friendly casualties, which is not some sort of character flaw. Yet a series of mistakes and setbacks, including the Battle of the Bulge, drastically altered this timetable and led to eight more months of brutal fighting.

Balancing the complex questions of strategy, competency, blame, and morality, Hastings articulates his conclusions brilliantly. It was the biggest battlefield in history, spreading from the English Channel to the Vistula River in Poland. This is not, as I mentioned earlier, a book solely about the Anglo-American forces and their arguments over how to take down the Wehrmacht.

Nov 18, Jeff rated it it was amazing. Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. Hastings brings it all together in the telling of this final chapter that was pivotal to the world we know today.

In February he and nine other prisoners fr the camp commandant’s Heinkel plane and escaped by flying over the Baltic Sea. But more shocking than the quantity of the killing is the quality. Social history is a powerful analytical vehicle when used properly and Hastings mastered it in Armageddon: Untuk lebih tepat lagi,selepas Ogos Cor Paris ,hasil dari Operasi Overlord yang menyaksikan pendaratan secara besar-besaran anggota tentera Allied Bersekutu pada Jun The nine other former prisoners were sent to the penal battalions, where five of them died advancing into Bartle minefields; Devyataev himself was imprisoned, and was only released a year later.


If he had stopped there, it would be hard to argue. Hastings does not spare the reader in his descriptions of the price of the war on its military and civilian participants, as the Wall Street Battlee said in its review of the book: Hastings delivers an incisive, brutally honest account of the last months of the Hitler era.

Nevertheless, they all fought hard. The greatest fof disaster in history occurred during this fight when a Soviet submarine torpedoed the Wilhelm Gustloff, a cruise ship fleeing Konigsberg with over 7, people onboard–a number “far outstripping those of the Titanic, Lusitania, Laconia,” and Hastings amply describes this event.

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Saya hte bahasa Inggeris saya bukanlah pad Armageddon: The war may have been over by Christmasbut dithering decsion making, inability to grasp corrctly the techniques of mobile warfare, stubborness and abject stupidity all contributed to prolonging the fighting.

This is probably one of the longest, and ultimately best history books, that I have ever read. Feb 20, Nick Black rated it really liked it Shelves: East Prussia” does a fine job of discussing a grim but little-known in the West story still pertinent today go Google Kaliningrad! Jan 11, C. Either Devyataev told one thing to Hastings and wrote something else in his book, or Hastings lied about what Devyataev told him, or Pykhalov lied about what Devyataev wrote in his book.


Finishing off the beast

Knopf, New York, His account is compelling. May 21, Scottnshana rated it it was amazing. By contrast, for all the tactical genius displayed by German soldiers fighting on the battlefield, they could never escape the consequences of serving under the direction of a man who rejected rationality.

Junior officers are full of theoretical knowledge, but in armgeddon generally clumsy. The Russians alone, according to some estimates, suffered some forty million deaths of course, Stalin was responsible for many of them through vicious reprisals and substantial incompetence. Hastings was educated at Charterhouse School and University College, Oxford, which he left after a year.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Excellent book though heavy on detail and a bit slow in places but I love his work and would highly recommend. Soviet soldiers is covered in many places. His monumental work of military history, Armageddon: