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2022

Giles Milton - Checkmate in Berlin

Giles Milton - Checkmate in Berlin

Berlin was in ruins when Soviet forces fought their way towards the Reichstag in the spring of 1945. Streets were choked with rubble, power supplies severed and the population close to starvation. The arrival of the Soviet army heralded yet greater terrors: the city’s civilians were to suffer rape, looting and horrific violence. Worse still, they faced a future with neither certainty nor hope.

With his consummate storyteller’s flair, the bestselling author of D-Day and Fascinating Footnotes from History tells this exhilarating, high-stakes tale of grit, skulduggery, and raw power. From the high politics of Yalta to the desperate scramble to break the Soviet stranglehold of Berlin with the greatest aerial operation in history, this is the epic story of the first battle of the Cold War and how it shaped the modern world

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