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I read Antony Beevor’s seminal book, Stalingrad, a few years ago and it’s taken me a while to get round to reading Berlin (the Downfall). But I’m currently 100 pages in and loving it. Am I turning into a second world war bore I wonder? I’m not even over 60 yet either!

Beevor has a neat line in ‘Ronsealesque’ book titles but don’t let that fool you into thinking the content is not engrossing, educational, involving and unputdownable.

Both books are fairly technical and you’ll get pretty acquainted to the maps that he uses to demonstrate the various troop movements and battle strategies that come into play, but both are magnificent.

If anyone’s read his others I’d be interested in your views. In particular I might read his Spanish Civil War book one day.

2 thoughts on “Stalingrad

  1. both books are excellent

    may i also recommend this:

    which is edited by Beevor and is a quite brilliant collection of eventual Vassily Grossman’s war-time writings as he travelled with the Red Army throughout the German invasion and eventual repulsion…all the way to Berlin. He was the first Allied journalist to reach the death camps in Poland…and his writings on that experience are breathtaking.


  2. Both are excellent I agree.

    I would also recommend Alan Clark’s Barbarossa for a much more in-depth view of the whole conflict in the East.



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