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Battleground Prussia : the assault on Germany's Eastern Front 1944-45 / Prit Buttar.

By: Buttar, Prit.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Oxford ; Osprey Pub., 2010Distributor: Long Island City, NY Description: ix, 482 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781849081900 (hbk.); 1849081905 (hbk.).Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Eastern FrontDDC classification: 940.54/213 LOC classification: D764 | .B88 2010Other classification: 940
Contents:
Introduction : the Slavs and the Teutons -- Fritz and Ivan -- Memel -- Nemmersdorf -- The last Christmas -- The house of cards : the great January offensive -- Cherniakhovsky and the Pregel valley -- Rokossovsky reaches the coast -- Encircled in East Prussia -- Hannibal : the Baltic evacuation begins -- The Riviera of Hades and the fall of Pomerania -- Heiligenbeil : between the devil and the deep blue sea -- K?nigsberg -- Danzig -- The last command -- The long road home.
Summary: "The terrible months between the arrival of the Red Army on German soil and the final collapse of Hitler's regime were like no other in the Second World War. The Soviet Army's intent to take revenge for the horror that the Nazis had wreaked on their people produced a conflict of implacable brutality in which millions perished. From the great battles that marked the Soviet conquest of East and West Prussia to the final surrender in the Vistula estuary, this book recounts in chilling detail the desperate struggle of soldiers and civilians alike. These brutal campaigns are brought vividly to life by a combination of previously unseen testimony and astute strategic analysis recognizing a conflict of unprecedented horror and suffering"--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 455-468) and index.

Introduction : the Slavs and the Teutons -- Fritz and Ivan -- Memel -- Nemmersdorf -- The last Christmas -- The house of cards : the great January offensive -- Cherniakhovsky and the Pregel valley -- Rokossovsky reaches the coast -- Encircled in East Prussia -- Hannibal : the Baltic evacuation begins -- The Riviera of Hades and the fall of Pomerania -- Heiligenbeil : between the devil and the deep blue sea -- K?nigsberg -- Danzig -- The last command -- The long road home.

"The terrible months between the arrival of the Red Army on German soil and the final collapse of Hitler's regime were like no other in the Second World War. The Soviet Army's intent to take revenge for the horror that the Nazis had wreaked on their people produced a conflict of implacable brutality in which millions perished. From the great battles that marked the Soviet conquest of East and West Prussia to the final surrender in the Vistula estuary, this book recounts in chilling detail the desperate struggle of soldiers and civilians alike. These brutal campaigns are brought vividly to life by a combination of previously unseen testimony and astute strategic analysis recognizing a conflict of unprecedented horror and suffering"--Jacket.

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In 1944-45 the Red Army pushed westward, crushing resistance in Prussia and what had been Poland in the interwar period. The large German population mostly fled west but was often trapped. Mass murder, atrocities, and ethnic cleansing were the order of the day. A grim time not often studied in detail, but an important part of the Eastern Front story. Because it provides coverage of an underreported campaign, this is suitable for in-depth collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Prit Buttar studied medicine at Oxford and London before joining the Royal Army as a doctor. After leaving the army, he has worked as a GP, first near Bristol and now in Abingdon. He is extensively involved in medical politics, both at local and national level, and serves on the GPs' Committee of the British Medical Association. He appears from time to time on local and national TV and radio, speaking on a variety of medical issues. He contributes regularly to the medical press. He has written a novel, but this is his first work of military history.

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