Images of War: Berlin, Victory in Europe, Nik Cornish

Images of War: Berlin, Victory in Europe, Nik Cornish

This entry in Pen & Sword's Images of War series contains several hundred pictures (144 pages, most with at least one picture and many with several) covering the final battles on the Eastern Front during the Second World War, focusing on the battle for Berlin.

The pictures cover a wider time period that just the battle for Berlin itself, starting with the Soviet armies on the borders of Germany, before following the offensives that broke the last German defences in the conquered territories and the lines that were meant to protect Berlin. We reach Berlin about half way through the book. As a result there are many less familiar pictures.

There is a good mix of pictures from German and Soviet sources, covering a wide range of topics, including military equipment of both sides, soldiers resting or preparing for combat, the fighting itself and the aftermath of battle. The pictures are supported by a good clear narrative account of the campaign, and useful captions.

1 - Into the Reich
2 - The Vistula-Oder Operation
3 - Stabilisation
4 - The Noose Tightens
5 - Across the Oder-Neisse Line
6 - Fortress Berlin - Encirclement
7 - Fortress Berlin - Fantasy Armies
8 - Fortress Berlin - Collapse
9 - Surrender

Author: Nik Cornish
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 144
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military
Year: 2010

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