Military history

The Fall of Berlin 1945

The Fall of Berlin 1945

"A tale drenched in drama and blood, heroism and cowardice, loyalty and betrayal."—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

Beevor's latest book Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge is now available from Viking Books 

The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Third Reich in January 1945. Frenzied by their terrible experiences with Wehrmacht and SS brutality, they wreaked havoc—tanks crushing refugee columns, mass rape, pillage, and unimaginable destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women are children froze to death or were massacred; more than seven million fled westward from the fury of the Red Army. It was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known. 

Antony Beevor has reconstructed the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse. The Fall of Berlin is a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanaticism, revenge, and savagery, yet it is also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice, and survival against all odds.



Chapter 1. Berlin in the New Year

Chapter 2. The 'House of Cards' on the Vistula

Chapter 3. Fire and Sword and 'Noble Fury'

Chapter 4. The Great Winter Offensive

Chapter 5. The Charge to the Oder

Chapter 6. East and West

Chapter 7. Clearing the Rear Areas

Chapter 8. Pomerania and the Oder Bridgeheads

Chapter 9. Objective Berlin

Chapter 10. The Kamarilla and the General Staff

Chapter 11. Preparing the Coup de Grace

Chapter 12. Waiting for the Onslaught

Chapter 13. Americans on the Elbe

Chapter 14. Eve of Battle

Chapter 15. Zhukov on the Reitwein Spur

Chapter 16. Seelow and the Spree

Chapter 17. The Führer's Last Birthday

Chapter 18. The Flight of the Golden Pheasants

Chapter 19. The Bombarded City

Chapter 20. False Hopes

Chapter 21. Fighting in the City

Chapter 22. Fighting in the Forest

Chapter 23. The Betrayal of the Will

Chapter 24. Führerdammerung

Chapter 25. Reich Chancellery and Reichstag

Chapter 26. The End of the Battle

Chapter 27. Vae Victis!

Chapter 28. The Man on the White Horse