By Leon Uris
In Berlin on the finish of global battle II, an American military officer bears witness to the aftermath of 1 historical tragedy and the increase of one other
Captain Sean O’Sullivan distinguishes himself as a brave soldier within the ultimate days of global warfare II, yet what comes subsequent checks his inner most reserves of power and conviction. despatched to supervise the rebuilding of Berlin, O’Sullivan is uncovered to the bad truths of the Holocaust, a shattered and defeated society, and the hot risk of Soviet strength because the Iron Curtain starts off to shadow town. whilst Soviet forces blockade Berlin and the airlift starts off, O’Sullivan is confronted with profound ethical dilemmas in an more and more complex world.
Armageddon is without doubt one of the nice fictional portrayals of Europe within the earliest days of the chilly War. This book good points an illustrated biography of Leon Uris together with infrequent photographs from the author’s estate.
“Magnificent. the good drama of the Berlin airlift . . .”
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It ordered Front commanders to create an echeloned defence to a depth of 100km. The overall situation on the Soviet-German Front as of May 1942, however, had worsened sharply because the Anglo-Americans had refused to fulfil their obligation to open a second front in Europe in 1942. Moreover, since autumn 1941 they had been conducting talks with Hitler's representatives about concluding a separate peace behind the USSR's back. Consequently, in its 1942 planning, the German command proceeded on the basis that no danger would threaten Germany in the West; therefore, all of its forces could be used in the war against the Soviet Union.
Despite Shaposhnikov's and, apparently, also Vasilevsky's and Zhukov's reservations, Stalin sided with Timoshenko and the Southwestern Direction Military Council. According to Vasilevsky, Timoshenko lobbied hard for his proposal, 'continuing to insist on his proposal and assuring Stalin of the full success of the operation'. Stalin, in turn, supported his long-time associate, 'gave permission for its conduct, and ordered the General Staff to consider the operation an internal matter of the [Southwestern] Direction and not to interfere on any question concerning it'.
As the attack date approached and the Southwestern Direction began experiencing difficulties in meeting its offensive timetables, the Stavka itself showed signs of either prudence or cold feet about its ambitious spring offensive plans. At the least its actions demonstrated a wave of last-minute caution. After several inept attempts by the Crimean Front to resume the offensive towards Sevastopol in the Crimea, on 6 May the Stavka ordered the Front to defend in place along the narrow neck of the Kerch Peninsula.