By Theodore Plievier
Berlin is the final of Theodore Plievier's vintage trilogy of global warfare II.
A urban ripe for rape
The battle in Europe is almost over. From East and West the Allied armies are converging at the ruins of Berlin. Luftwaffe pilots are despatched on suicide missions to ram enemy bombers.The Nazi management prepares for suicide, those that try and flee the holocaust are became again with threats and bullets. quickly Russian troops are within the urban itself, mopping up wallet of fanatical resistance in determined, sour battles* They paintings over the town with a house-to-house assurance of looting, gunfire -and rape. Berlin’s lengthy apocalypse has begun…
1945 The Nazi forces are in complete retreat in all places Europe. Hitler's evil empire is crumbling hour by way of hour. underneath the ruined streets and constructions of Berlin, the Fuehrer grows ever extra demented, ordering military divisions that not exist into battle，sending bomber pilots on suicide ramming missions opposed to the advancing Russians. quickly the rattle of small-arms hearth, the explosions of mortar shells，the rumble of tank tracks and the tough cough of anti-tank weapons should be heard within the suburbs of the Reich's capital. Harsh, bloody house-to-house conflict has come to Berlin because the effective Soviet troops flush out German infantrymen ordered to struggle to the final bullet - even to struggle on with their naked palms. yet resistance is futile. quickly Berlin is totally overrun. A as soon as proud urban is submerged in panic, looting, hearth and rape.
Theodor Plievier, even though bom in Germany，left his local kingdom in 1933 on the upward push of Hitler. He fought with the Soviet forces in international battle II. for this reason, each be aware of his struggle books incorporates the unmistakable mark of overall authenticity.
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