By Antony Beevor
Prosecuzione ideale di Stalingrado, quest'opera racconta un altro assedio: l. a. battaglia casa according to casa con los angeles quale l'Armata Rossa conquistò Berlino nel maggio del 1945, ponendo effective alla guerra in Europa. Il racconto, corredato da un ricco apparato illustrativo e cartografico, non si limita all'epilogo, ma abbraccia consistent with intero gli ultimi mesi del conflitto, decisivi e atroci: l'avanzata sovietica e los angeles resistenza accanita delle forze tedesche; los angeles tragedia dei profughi della Prussia orientale; los angeles vendetta dei sovietici in risposta alle atrocità commesse dai nazisti quando occupavano buona parte della Russia; il delirio di Hitler nel bunker in attesa di un miracolo che rovesciasse all'improvviso le sorti della guerra; los angeles rivalità fra gli Alleati; i suicidi e le fughe misteriose dei gerarchi nazisti. Questa tragica vicenda viene rivista alla luce dei nuovi documenti emersi dagli archivi (soprattutto russi, ma anche tedeschi, americani, inglesi francesi e svedesi) e delle molte interviste con i soldati e i civili di entrambi i fronti. Grazie alle sue straordinarie doti di narratore, Antony Beevor riesce a ricostruire gli atti, i pensieri, le scelte dei capi politici e militari e los angeles vita quotidiana, l'odio e il terrore, gli stupri, los angeles violenza disumana e l. a. follia della guerra.
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ABOVE Over 100 aircraft assembled at the airport for the Allied invasion of North Africa, code-named Operation Torch . (Courtesy of the Gibraltar Museum) BELOW A photo of Gibraltar from the air with the layouts of the major tunnels superimposed. qxd 7/7/06 3:03 PM Page 48 Tunnelling during World War II. Much of the rubble generated during this process was used to create landfill when the airport was constructed. (Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum) Troops mess hut within the tunnels during World War II.
Unfortunately, once built, it was difficult to radically modify these, so Jones reluctantly proposed the introduction of casemated guns to cover the ditch. The casemates can still be seen. His other recommendation was for the use of musketry fire to enfilade the curtain walls leaving the large guns to engage enemy ships. Wink Text The King’s Bastion being reconstructed to take four 10in. 5in. rifled muzzle-loading guns. 1874. qxd 7/7/06 4:05 PM Page 34 RIGHT Detail of Wellington Front as shown in the 1865 Rock model.
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Berlino 1945: La caduta (BUR Storia) by Antony Beevor