Armageddon tells the story of the climactic months of the Second World
War, the destruction of Hitler’s Germany. Max Hastings has researched
archives in four countries and interviewed 170 witnesses to piece together
a saga that is at once fascinating military history and the greatest human’
tragedy of the twentieth century.
Some episodes, such as Arnhem and the Battle of the Bulge, are famous.
Others, such as the Red Army’s devastating drive across East Prussia,
which caused the deaths of at least a million people in the ‘season of blood
and ice’, are ~Imost unknown in the West.
In this compelling study, the author addresses the big human and military
questions. Why did the Allies not win the war in 1944, when they were
vastly stronger than the Germans? Why did the Russians produce the best
generals? What was it like to fight in the British, American.Xierman
and Soviet armies?
This book embraces the fates of more than a hundred million people, from
the tragic teenage fanatics who died in the ruins of Hit-Ier’s Reich to the
British “Iomrnies’ who simply yearned to finish a painful job and go home.
Few books on the Second World War have so vividly brought together the
story of the battlefields, east and west, with the decisions of the generals
and the impact of great events upon ordinary soldiers and civilians.
‘Filled with vjuable insights and good judgement … In this grand overview
Hastings has again made a magnificent contribution to our understanding of .
the period’ –Antony Beevor, Sunday Telegraph
‘Admirable … a monumental study of total war and what it entailed’
–W. F. Deedes, Spectator
‘Gripping … Hastings, already a supreme exponent of important arguments
in military history to a general readership, finds a new dimension’ –Hew
Strachan, Sunday Times
In good to very good condition with the exception of modest age related colour change. No fading or creasing evident on spine.