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Subject: Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Germany, Hanna Reitsch, Battle of Berlin, Urban warfare, Ferdinand Schörner, Heinrich Müller (Gestapo), Antony Beevor, 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, Karl Gebhardt
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Berlin: The Downfall 1945

Berlin: The Downfall 1945
Author Antony Beevor
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Military history
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Viking Press, Penguin Books
Publication date 2002
Pages 501
ISBN ISBN 978-0-14-103239-9
OCLC Number 156890868

Berlin: The Downfall 1945 (aka The Fall of Berlin 1945 in the US) is a narrative history by Antony Beevor of the Battle of Berlin during World War II. It was published by Viking Press in 2002, then later by Penguin Books in 2003. The book achieved both critical and commercial success. It has been a No. 1 best seller in seven countries apart from Britain, and in the top five in another nine countries. Together with Beevor's Stalingrad, first published in 1998, they have sold nearly three million copies.[1]

About the book

The book revisits the events of the Battle of Berlin in 1945. The book narrates how the Red Army defeated the German Army and brought and end to Hitler's Third Reich, as well as an end to the war in Europe. The book was accompanied by a BBC Timewatch programme on his research into the subject.[1]


Beevor received the first Trustees' Award of the Longman-History Today Awards in 2003.[1][2]

Publication notes

The book was published in the United States under the title of The Fall of Berlin 1945, and has been translated into 24 languages. The British paperback version was published by Penguin Books in 2003.


Berlin - The Downfall 1945 has encountered criticism in Russia.[3] Grigory Karasin, then Ambassador of Russia to the United Kingdom, denounced the book as "lies" and "slander against the people who saved the world from Nazism."[4] Professor Richard Overy, a historian from King's College London, has criticized Russian outrage at the book and defended Beevor. Overy accused the Russians of refusing to acknowledge Soviet war crimes, "Partly this is because they felt that much of it was justified vengeance against an enemy who committed much worse, and partly it was because they were writing the victors' history".


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