London: Short Books, 2015. 4th edition. Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dust-wrapper. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Item #236839
Physical description; 335 pages: illustrations, 1 map; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Summary; On 30th April 1945 Germany is in chaos - Russian troops have reached Berlin. All over the country, people are on the move - concentration camp survivors, Allied PoWs, escaping Nazis - and the civilian population is fast running out of food. The man who orchestrated this nightmare is in his bunker beneath the capital, saying his farewells. Hitler's Last Day: Minute by Minute is pure chronological narrative, as seen through the eyes of those who were with Hitler in those last tumultuous hours; those fighting in the streets of Germany; and those pacing the corridors of power in Washington, London and Moscow. It was a day of endings and beginnings when ordinary people were placed in extraordinary situations. Take Sisi Wilczek, fleeing the advancing Russians with her family's vast fortune in a shoebox; President Truman, weighing up whether to use the atomic bomb that his Secretary of War calls 'the most terrible weapon ever known in human history'; German officer Claus Sellier, on a last mission across the country to deliver vital documents; or Allied aircrews, dropping food parcels to feed the starving Dutch population. 30th April 1945 was a day that millions had dreamed of, and millions had died for. Review: 'Beyond fascinating... this book brings to life a thousand different people in the most dramatic moment of the last century' -- Jeremy Vine. Subjects; Hitler, Adolf 1889-1945 - Last years. Hitler, Adolf 1889-1945 - Death and burial. Hitler, Adolf 1889-1945 - Friends and associates. Germany - History - 1933-1945. Military history; Battles & campaigns; World history: Second World War. European history: from c 1900 -. Second World War, 1939-1945. HISTORY / Military / World War II. HISTORY / Europe / Germany. HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century.