The Last Battle, Cornelius Ryan
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The Last Battle

Author: Cornelius Ryan

Narrator: Simon Vance

Unabridged: 15 hr 45 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Published: 04/12/2012

Genre: History - Military - World War Ii


The classic account of the final offensive against Hitlers Third Reich The Battle for Berlin was the culminating struggle of World War II in the European theater. The last offensive against Hitlers Third Reich, it devastated one of Europes historic capitals and marked the final defeat of Nazi Germany. It was also one of the wars bloodiest and most pivotal battles, whose outcome would shape international politics for decades to come. The Last Battleis Cornelius Ryans compelling account of this final battle, a story of brutal extremes, of stunning military triumph alongside the stark conditions that the civilians of Berlin experienced in the face of the Allied assault. As always, Ryan delves beneath the military and political forces that were dictating events to explore the more immediate imperatives of survival, where, as the author describes it, to eat had become more important than to love, to burrow more dignified than to fight, to endure more militarily correct than to win. The Last Battleis the story of ordinary people, both soldiers and civilians, caught up in the despair, frustration, and terror of defeat. It is history at its best, a masterful illumination of the effects of war on the lives of individuals, and one of the enduring works on World War II.

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