New York, N.Y. MacFadden-Bartell Corporation, 1964. Presumed First Paperback Printing. Mass market paperback. 287,  pages. Cover has some wear and soiling. Some page staining/discoloration. Includes Foreword and a Note on Sources. Book One is titled The Alarm; Book Two is titled The Attack; and Book Three is titled In Extremis. Includes a two page map of the Russian advance on Berlin. This book contains the complete text of the Hardcover Edition. Berlin in April, 1945 was a nightmare. Along with the Russian Army, death and despair stalked the city. The bombings and the bloody cruelties were endless. But Hitler refused to accept obvious defeat. He held gay parties to celebrate nonexistent victories. He raved that "Total victory is only days away. Berlin will never fall." But Berlin was falling--street by street, horror by horror. While the mad Fuhrer babbled, the people suffered crippling bombings, starvation, murder, and mass rape by the Red Army. Almost the entire city was razed by Russian shelling. Food was non-existent. Young girls of twelve and thirteen were considered fair game for mass attack. Reconstructed with stark reality, this is the full, true account of the last desperate days of the Nazi empire. Andrew F. Tully Jr. (October 24, 1914 - September 27, 1993) was an American war reporter, writer and columnist. He wrote some 18 fiction and non-fiction books, translated in multiple languages. As a reporter for the Boston Traveler, he was one of the few American journalists to enter Berlin with the Russians in 1945. He wrote the column Capital Fare from 1961 until 1987. He was the first to have his books simultaneously on the fiction and nonfiction best-seller lists of the New York Times. At the end of World War II, Andrew Tully was one of three Americans allowed to enter Berlin as a guest of a Russian artillery battalion commander. He spent the next seventeen years gathering eyewitness accounts, collecting war diaries and letters, and reading over one hundred books in order to write this gripping and comprehensive account about the fall of Berlin. The battle for Berlin brought an end to the bloodiest conflict in European history. During the last days of the battle, Andrew Tully was one of three Americans allowed to enter Berlin as a guest of a Russian artillery battalion commander. His extraordinary experience spawned a seventeen year journey gathering eye-witness accounts, collecting war diaries and letters, and reading over one hundred books in order to write this gripping and comprehensive account about the fall of Berlin. However, Tully's account does not just chronicle military strategies and statistics. It also includes personal stories of German civilians, housewives, Hitler Youth, S.S., Mohnke Girls (a combat battalion formed by order of S.S. Brigadefuhrer Mohnke), nurses, and soldiers. If there is any balance to be had in the examination of this battle, it is the ability of people to survive, to find humor, and to be kind when all kindness seems to be lost. Andrew Tully captures it all. The Battle of Berlin, designated as the Berlin Strategic Offensive Operation by the Soviet Union, and also known as the Fall of Berlin, was one of the last major offensives of the European theatre of World War II. Condition: Good.
Keywords: Berlin, Nazi, World War 2, Red Army, Siege, Zhukov, Konev, Hitler's Bunker, Surrender, Helmuth Weidling, Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm, Hitler Youth