The Fall Of Hitler's Fortress City: The Battle Of Konigsberg, 1945
by Isabel Denny
- World War II, Warfare
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Vengeance in the East
In 1945, in the face of the advancing Red Army, two and a half million civilians were forced out of Germany’s most easterly province, East Prussia, and its capital, Königsberg. With the Germans in full retreat, the horrors of Leningrad and Stalingrad were to be visited on the Third Reich at last.
Isabel Denny deftly chronicles the Red Army offensive that steamrolled over the depleted and poorly armed German forces, cutting off the whole of East Prussia. But she also captures the terrible vengeance exacted on Königsberg’s civilians, who were forced to flee across the freezing Baltic coast in a desperate attempt to escape.
The Fall of Hitler’s Fortress City recounts one of World War II’s most savage battles in harrowing detail.
“A superb portrait of a forgotten but vital World War II battle of strategic importance and bestial savagery.”—Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The Romanovs and Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
“The best book on the battle of Konigsberg.”—Philip Kerr, author of Berlin Noir
“Well presented and extremely readable. Denny did an excellent job casting a totally non-military perspective on the fortress of Königsberg, unlike most WW2 books that focus more so from a military strategy point of view….This book is a wonderful source for those looking for the human side of war. Glorious battles and duels of ideologies aside, it is the civilians who truly suffer, and Denny did a great job illustrating it with first-hand accounts.”—World War II Database
About the Author
Isabel Denny studied history at the University of Bristol and has spent most of her career in teaching. She is also a freelance journalist, writing mainly for educational publications.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||February 21, 2017|