By Tony Le Tissier

How did most sensible purple military commanders see the attack on Berlin in 1945 – what used to be their event of the final, poor conflict of the second one global warfare in Europe? own money owed through the main well-known generals concerned – Zhukov, Koniev and Chuikov – were released in English, however the reminiscences in their valuable subordinates haven’t been on hand within the west ahead of, and it really is their position within the ultimate Soviet offensive that's the concentration of Tony Le Tissier’s interesting booklet. those have been the officials who have been accountable for the execution of the pink Army’s plan for the attack, in instant contact with the troops at the entrance line of the development. They observed such a lot in actual fact the place the operation succeeded and the place it failed. Their reminiscences, e-book of which used to be lengthy banned within the Soviet Union, throw a brand new mild at the process conflict and at the internal workings of the crimson military command within the ultimate section of the clash.

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But our faces were so black that our teeth shone unnaturally white. A bomb had broken through the thick masonry and had exploded in a neighbouring cellar. We would probably not have got off so lightly had not the filing cabinets protected us. We now discussed why the enemy was constantly bombarding this building so precisely. His determination seemed suspicious. ‘There must be an aiming point here somewhere,’ said Vedenitshev. ‘The Germans know there are headquarters here. ’ Several soldiers set off immediately to search every corner of the extensive cellars.

We read this telegram with mixed feelings. On one side we were happy and proud about the honourable task, but on the other side we were peeved that our tank army was to be committed like a normal formation. We had no idea yet what awaited a tank army in street fighting. But the feeling of pride won the upper hand. With the elements of the 29th Guards Rifle Corps, we had already penetrated the suburbs of Berlin on the 21st April. The tanks thrust forward. Our longed-for goal came ever closer. But the nearer we got, the more bitter the fighting became.

Ivanov climbed aboard, extinguished the fire and checked the condition of the machine. The tank was only slightly damaged, the engine and controls being intact. The clever sergeant got into the driving seat and drove the tank out of the zone of fire. I ordered my radioman to connect me with Babadshanian. Colonel Vedenitshev reported back and informed me that Babadshanian had decided to advance not only along the streets but also through the U-Bahn tunnels. The storm troops were involved in heavy fighting with every individual building.

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