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Rising `44by Norman Davies
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Rising '44 is a brilliant narrative account of one of the most dramatic episodes in 20th century history, drawing on Davies' unique understanding of the issues and characters involved. In August 1944 Warsaw offered the Wehrmacht the last line of defence against the Red Army's march from Moscow to Berlin. When the Red Army reached the river Vistula, the people of Warsaw believed that liberation had come. The Resistance took to the streets in celebration, but the Soviets remained where they were, allowing the Wehrmacht time to regroup and Hitler to order that the city of Warsaw be razed to the ground. For 63 days the Resistance fought on in the cellars and the sewers. Defenceless citizens were slaughtered in their tens of thousands. One by one the City's monuments were reduced to rubble, watched by Soviet troops on the other bank of the river. The Allies expressed regret but decided that there was nothing to be done, Poland would not be allowed to be governed by Poles. The sacrifice was in vain and the Soviet tanks rolled in to the flattened city. It is a hugely dramatic story, vividly and authoritatively told by one of our greatest historians.
This is a narrative account of one of the most dramatic episodes in 20th-century history when, in August 1944, Warsaw offered the Wehrmacht the last line of defence against the Red Army's march from Moscow to Berlin.
In August 1944, Warsaw presented the last major obstacle to the Red Armyas triumphant march from Moscow to Berlin. When the Wehrmacht was pushed back to the Vistula River, the Polish Resistance poured forty thousand fighters into the streets to drive out the hated Germans. But Stalin halted the Russian offensive, allowing the Wehrmacht to regroup and destroy the city. For sixty-three days Soviet troops and other Allied forces watched from the sidelines as tens of thousands of Poles were slaughtered and Warsaw was reduced to rubble.
Like Antony Beevoras bestselling The Fall of Berlin, Rising a44 is a brilliant narrative of one of the most dramatic episodes in twentieth-century history.
Paperback edition of Davies's brilliant narrative account of the dramatic and brutal battle for the Polish capital in August 1944. 40 b/w photos. Universally acclaimed in hardback with strong sales recorded.
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