By Antony Beevor
Prosecuzione ideale di Stalingrado, quest'opera racconta un altro assedio: l. a. battaglia casa in step with casa con l. a. quale l'Armata Rossa conquistò Berlino nel maggio del 1945, ponendo fantastic alla guerra in Europa. Il racconto, corredato da un ricco apparato illustrativo e cartografico, non si limita all'epilogo, ma abbraccia in keeping with intero gli ultimi mesi del conflitto, decisivi e atroci: l'avanzata sovietica e los angeles resistenza accanita delle forze tedesche; l. a. tragedia dei profughi della Prussia orientale; l. a. vendetta dei sovietici in risposta alle atrocità commesse dai nazisti quando occupavano buona parte della Russia; il delirio di Hitler nel bunker in attesa di un miracolo che rovesciasse all'improvviso le sorti della guerra; los angeles rivalità fra gli Alleati; i suicidi e le fughe misteriose dei gerarchi nazisti. Questa tragica vicenda viene rivista alla luce dei nuovi documenti emersi dagli archivi (soprattutto russi, ma anche tedeschi, americani, inglesi francesi e svedesi) e delle molte interviste con i soldati e i civili di entrambi i fronti. Grazie alle sue straordinarie doti di narratore, Antony Beevor riesce a ricostruire gli atti, i pensieri, le scelte dei capi politici e militari e los angeles vita quotidiana, l'odio e il terrore, gli stupri, l. a. violenza disumana e l. a. follia della guerra.
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The settlers and their families had left when the Italian troops were on the retreat in December of 1940. It was noon when they reached the airfield at Derna. Here they paused to refuel, a time Jochen Marseille used to collect his pay from the payment clerk at the airbase. As he went to make an entry in Marseille's pay book, he opened it to the page which had the entry for the Iron Cross. "Please, not on that page", pleaded the Oberfähnrich of the payment clerk. ", he asked. "Of course", Marseille answered.
The Russian theater followed. Here Oberleutnant Erbo Graf Kageneck and Feldwebel Riepe compiled a rather impressive record for t h e m s e l v e s . On 14 A u g u s t 1941 Oberleutnant Kageneck succeeded in shooting down no less than five aircraft in a single day and with a score of 47 was one of the most successful pilots in the Geschwader. At the beginning of July II Gruppe received orders to give up their Bf 109 E models and return to Germany to reequip with the new Bf 109 F after taking leave.
He later went on to lead I/JG there they continued on their flight over the Mediterranean Sea, destination Castel Benito. They reached the airfield, but as the Staffel was on the final leg into the "Scorpion Airfield" (where a refueling team was to have been waiting for them) they noticed that the place seemed to be deserted. Even a few machine-gun rounds fired into the ground just beyond the tents there didn't flush anyone out. The Staffel landed anyway and found the airfield vacant. There was not a trace to be found of the refuelling team.