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The Oder Front 1945. Volume 1


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A. Stephan Hamilton is the author of 'Bloody Streets: The Soviet Assault on Berlin, April 1945' and the previous volume in this series, 'The Oder Front 1945: Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici, Heeresgruppe Weichsel and Germany's Final Defense in the East, 20 March -4 May 1945' (both published by Helion). He has spent the majority of his spare time during the last decade researching and writing about the final months of World War II in Europe. When not writing a book, he works full time and serves as a Major in the United States Army Reserves. He is a recent graduate of the U.S. Army Reserve's Command and General Staff College and holds a B.A. and M.A. in History. He resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and two children.


"Historical accuracy comes from exhaustive research and a deft writer's hand. Hamilton's The Oder Front, 1945 will prove to be the definitive work on the little-understood Nazi defense outside the gates of the German capital. Not a "what if" missive, but a "what was hoped" and "what transpired" book, this is a detailed presentation of a desperate and forlorn struggle. This is a perfect companion to the author's Bloody Streets: The Soviet Assault on Berlin, April 1945.""--Doug McCabe, Curator of the Cornelius Ryan Collection of World War II Papers, Ohio University
"Hamilton, who availed himself of numerous primary sources such as German war diaries, contemporary accounts, situation maps and individual testimonies, has woven an enormous amount of information into an engrossing work that will interest both military historians and laymen. Aside from revealing Heinrici's true intentions for waging the final defensive battle in Europe, The Oder Front 1945 will also shed light on how shockingly far the military prowess of the Third Reich's armies had declined in the six years since the war began. A. Stephan Hamilton has written a great book that deserves a space on every military historian's bookshelf - the fact that the Battle for Berlin was a bloodbath is well known; what is not is how this tragedy was nearly avoided due to the efforts of one man, until now."--Douglas E. Nash Sr., author of Hell's Gate: the Battle of the Cherkassy Pocket January-February 1944 (2002) and Victory Was Beyond Their Grasp: With the 272nd Volks-Grenadier Division from the H rtgen Forest to the Heart of the Reich (2008), nominated for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction.
"The second book written by A. Stephan Hamilton, author of Bloody Streets: The Soviet Assault on Berlin, April 1945, is an excellent work which is a fine example of comprehensive and extensive research using primary resources to tell a story that is not well known, even among World War II scholars ... Hamilton has provided an excellent account of Heinrici's command of Heeresgruppe Weichsel and its operations during the last chaotic weeks of the Third Reich, as well as the immensely complex theater of military and civilian politics, local intrigues and personal power struggles that were the stage upon which this fascinating story unfolds. It is an exceptional story, masterfully researched and will be of great interest not only to Eastern Front enthusiasts, but scholars and students of all areas of study of World War II."--George M. Nipe, author of Decision in the Ukraine, Summer 1943 (1996), Last Victory in Russia: The SS Panzerkorps and Manstein's Kharkov Counteroffensive, Feb-March 1943 (2000), Platz der Leibstandarte: The SS Panzer-Grenadier Division "LSSAH" and the Battle of Kharkov January-March 1943 (2002) and Blood, Steel, Myth: The II SS Panzer-Korps and the Road to Prochorowka (forthcoming)
"Stephan Hamilton's The Oder Front 1945 is partly based on previously unpublished material. This is the most extensive book in English in its field that provides a wealth of new information about the ... end of Nazi-Germany. The massive amount of first-hand accounts, memoirs, documents and war diaries shed light on many less-known operations conducted by the German ... military forces and the desperate fight for Berlin ... Through day-to-day reports and detailed maps, the reader gains a full overview of the battles and all units involved in the fighting. Masterfully written - Hamilton's way of writing the history of 'the Downfall' is exemplary in every way and will leave few untouched!"--Martin M nsson, author of Heinrich Himmler: A Photographic Chronicle of Hitler's Reichsf hrer-SS (2004), and SS Panzer Aufkl rungs Abteilung 11: The Swedish SS Platoon in the Battles for the Baltics, Pomerania and Berlin 1943-45 (with Herbert Poller and Lennart Westberg, 2010)
"This is a fine study of the fighting on the Oder Front...the extensive use of primary sources, many of which were previously unpublished, is particularly impressive."--Military Modelcraft International
" ... this book offers anyone looking into this chaotic period a superb guide on the subject. It conveys well how this general, despite the seemingly hopeless struggle, remained committed to achieve one of Stalin's driving fears; the Western allies reaching Berlin before he did."--Argunners Magazine

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