Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945

Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945 Book Cover Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945
Max Hastings
Military History
Knopf
2004
Hardcover
640

I probably can't add much to the existing 200 reviews for this book, but did want to add a high rating. The author does a good job covering all of the relevant sides in the last year or so of war--the Western Allies, the Soviets, the Germans, and the civilians--with a good mix of "big picture" narrative and "down in the weeds" quotes from individual soldiers, etc. Some readers could probably quibble about the author's (often harsh) assessments of their favorite generals, but generally this reader found his opinions to be justified.

My only slight criticism is that the author actually jumps around a bit too much, quoting a soldier in the British army, then in the next sentence quoting a GI, etc. Not a major issue, however, and overall this book is a very good overview of the last several months of the war.

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