By Max Hastings
In September 1944, the Allies believed that Hitler’s military was once crushed and anticipated the bloodshed to finish via Christmas. but a sequence of error and setbacks, together with the conflict of the Bulge, vastly altered this timetable and resulted in 8 extra months of brutal scuffling with. With Armageddon, the eminent army historian Max Hastings provides us memorable bills of the nice battles and captures their human effect on infantrymen and civilians. He tells the tale of either the jap and Western Fronts, elevating provocative questions and providing shiny graphics of the nice leaders. This rousing and revelatory chronicle brings to existence the an important ultimate months of the 20 th century’s maximum worldwide clash.
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Extra resources for Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945
They still cherished hopes of final victory, though it was already plain that Hitler would settle almost equally willingly for a climactic bloodbath worthy of the Third Reich’s place in history. General Dwight Eisenhower’s citizen soldiers, by contrast, were united in September 1944 by relief that after Normandy the end was in sight. Enough blood had been shed. It was good to believe that now it was a matter of mopping up. After the breakout in France, in Captain “Dim” Robbins’s words: “we were told that the German Army was wrecked.
To prolong the war until May 1945. If this phenomenon reveals the same staggering qualities in Hitler’s armies which had caused the Allies such grief in Normandy, it is also another story. The early part of this book is that story. The starting point was a desire to satisfy my own curiosity about why the German war did not end in 1944, given the Allies’ overwhelming superiority. It is often asserted that in the west they had to overcome a succession of great rivers and difficult natural features to break into Hitler’s heartland.
Between July and September, Hitler’s forces lost 215,000 men killed and 627,000 missing or captured in the east. One hundred and six divisions were shattered. Total German losses on the Eastern Front that summer—more than two million men killed, wounded, captured and missing—dwarfed those of Stalingrad. It was little wonder that Stalin and his marshals were dismissive of Anglo-American successes in France. ” Yet if its gains were awesome, so was its human price. Russia’s summer triumphs cost the Red Army 243,508 men killed and 811,603 wounded.
Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945 by Max Hastings