Armageddon Ost: The German Defeat on the Eastern Front 1944-45 - Nik CornishHersham: Ian Allan, 2006, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “By the summer of 1944 World War 2 was approaching its finale. The Allies had successfully landed in northern France and the Soviets were beginning their inexorable advance westwards from their own borders. However, whilst Germany was facing ultimate defeat, like a wounded animal it was still capable of inflicting major losses on Allied forces. In the east, it appeared that every inch of soil was defended to the last and some of the most bitter fighting of the entire war occurred during the last year on the Eastern Front, as the Germans doggedly sought to defend the territory it had conquered between 1939 and 1941 and that of its erstwhile allies, such as Hungary. For the Germans, it was not just that the loss of this territory would bring the dreaded Red Army to the very gates, and then the heart, of Berlin but also that these areas were the source of much of the raw material required to sustain the war effort. Despite the efforts of the remnants of Hitler’s once great Wehrmacht, the Russian army proved unstoppable; sheer weight of numbers and quantity of materiel ensured that the best defence that the Germans could offer proved inadequate and, by May 1945, the fight had reached the very centre of Berlin. Armageddon had literally reached the heart of Hitler’s Reich. It was to prove the Nazis’ last stand.
In Armageddon Ost, Nik Cornish examines the final year of the war on the Eastern Front. Describing events in detail he records the gradual, but inexorable, advance of the Red Army towards ultimate victory. With a narrative drawn from a variety of sources, including first-hand accounts from those who actually fought in the war, the book records the movement of the Red Army from the Russian border through Hungary and the Balkans, through Poland and. ultimately into Germany itself. Illustrated throughout with a superb range of photographs, many drawn from Russian archives and never previously published, the book is a sobering account of the destruction wrought during this final phase of the war in the east. It will be required reading for all those with an interest in the history of World War 2 and of the campaigns in the east that were ultimately to prove so costly for the Third Reich.”