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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Armageddon by Max Hastings. Yet a series of mistakes and setbacks, including the Battle of the Bulge, drastically altered this timetable and led to eight more months of brutal fighting.
With Armageddon , the eminent military historian Max Hastings gives us memorable accounts of the great battles and captures their human impact on soldiers and civilians.
He tells the story of both the Eastern and Western Fronts, raising provocative questions and offering vivid portraits of the great leaders. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published October 18th by Vintage first published November 16th More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Armageddon , please sign up. Is this an objective work?
As in: does it not indulge in portraying the victorious sides as the uncontested heroes? I hate when historians do that. But who wins the war, writes history Phil On The Hill It is very well balanced.
Focused on the how and why events took place. No flag waving. See 1 question about Armageddon…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, is the definition of a 5 Star rating. Max Hastings chronicles the final battles to defeat Nazi Germany. He starts the story in August, with the Allies about to launch Op Market-Garden in the West and the Soviets drawn up along the Vistula, preparing for their next stage of the assault into Poland.
He makes it all interesting and Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, is the definition of a 5 Star rating. He makes it all interesting and shows the results of decision-making at all levels.
All the while, he brings new information to light while briskly moving the story along. What I found most refreshing was Mr. Hastings honest and clear-eyed view of all sides.
Hastings hands out criticism where deserved and praise where earned. Everyone is subjected to his critical analysis.
He got me reconsidering my impressions about events in this period. I like to put little markers where I find an anecdote or fact that struck me.
This book is a forest of those markers, far more than I could ever discuss in a review. Some of the themes and events that stick out: The Soviet command system struggled to successfully employ forces but had some extraordinary generals who knew how to employ massive forces—and were mostly indifferent to casualties incurred as long as the objective was achieved.
They must have been very good at reading between the lines to accurately assess the situation: view spoiler [ It is remarkable that the Soviet command system functioned as well as it did, given the ideological resistance to truth which was fundamental to the Stalinist system. In war telling the truth is essential not for moral reasons, but because no commander can direct a battle effectively unless his subordinates tell him what is happening: where they are, what resources they possess, whether they have attained or are likely to attain their objectives.
Yet since the Soviet Union had created an edifice of self-deceit unrivaled in human history. The mythology of heroic tractor drivers, coal miners who fulfilled monthly production norms in days, collective farms which produced record harvests, was deemed essential to the self-belief of the state.
On the battlefield, in some measure this perversion persisted. Propaganda wove tales of heroes who had performed fantastic and wholly fictitious feats against the fascists. Vladimir Gormin was reprimanded for reporting after an action that his anti-tank unit had failed to destroy any German tanks. A new return, citing two panzers destroyed, was duly composed and dispatched to higher command.
Most Soviet intelligence reports of the —45 period are notable for their common sense and frankness. Some women were at the mercy of their commanders: view spoiler [ The Red Army professed that the , women in its ranks were mere comrades in battle and in suffering.
I really need to read about this operation because it was so crucial to success. It should have been ordered by Monty much earlier and the Canadians had a very tough time of it, compounded by a shortage of troops: view spoiler [ First Canadian Army was committed to the unglamorous yet vital task of clearing the Scheldt, and above all the defences of Waicheren Island, to the shipping path to the port….
Throughout the campaign, the Canadian Army suffered even more acutely than the British from a shortage of men. German soldiers vs. Soviet soldiers is covered in many places. Hastings lays down the assessment that the western soldiers were amateurs raised in democracy and relied on technology and high explosives to win the war. Junior officers are full of theoretical knowledge, but in practice generally clumsy.
The rising scale of casualties has led the British Command recently to behave more and more cautiously.
Favourable situations have not been exploited, since the leadership has not responded to the new situation quickly enough.
A report from 10th SS Panzer Division suggested that some recent German attacks had been compromised by noisy and visible preparations which had attracted British attention. The Battle of the Bulge, Hastings argues, only made the high command more paranoid about bold moves.
Nevertheless, they all fought hard. The deduction would seem to be that no matter how poor the morale of the German soldier may be, he will fight hard as long as he has leaders to give him orders and see that they are obeyed. They were better than we were: that cannot be stressed too often. Every Allied soldier involved in fighting the Germans knew this was so, and did not regard it in any way humiliating.
We were amateurs…fighting the best professionals in the business…We blasted our way into Europe with a minimum of finesse and a maximum of high explosive. We thought U. It was sacred in the British Army to ensure that your soldiers got a hot meal every 24 hours. German command: view spoiler [ It is interesting to compare the German command structure with that of the Allies.
The Russian system worked remarkably well from onwards, once Stalin showed himself willing to delegate to able commanders. The U. Chiefs of Staff directed their forces with great managerial skill, though their effectiveness was weakened by inter-service rivalries. Roosevelt displayed no inclination to play the warlord as Churchill did, nor to impose his authority upon the military decision-makers except on the largest issues.
But on great decisions, however loud his protests, he accepted the advice of the military professionals. He possessed an extraordinary instinct for war. The partnership of Brooke and Churchill created the most efficient machine for the direction of the war possessed by any combatant nation, even if its judgments were sometimes flawed and its ability to enforce its wishes increasingly constrained.
By contrast, for all the tactical genius displayed by German soldiers fighting on the battlefield, they could never escape the consequences of serving under the direction of a man who rejected rationality. Hitler believed that his own military skills and judgment were superior to those of any of his professional advisers.
While the British floundered in Holland, the U. Many Soviet soldiers paid with their lives so one general could achieve success. Another area of friction was between Monty and Eisenhower. He now proposed that 21st Army Group, with a U. Since June he had rendered himself so obnoxious in American eyes that most senior U. As Supreme Commander, Eisenhower continued to display exemplary patience and discretion in avoiding a breach with the British field-marshal.
Because relations between the two were somehow maintained, it is easy to forget that Montgomery provided Eisenhower with plentiful reasons to demand his dismissal.
Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945
Look Inside. He has searched the archives of the major combatants and interviewed survivors to give us an unprecedented understanding of how the great battles were fought, and of their human impact on American, British, German, and Russian soldiers and civilians. Hastings raises provocative questions: Were the Western Allied cause and campaign compromised by a desire to get the Soviets to do most of the fighting? Why were the Russians and Germans more effective soldiers than the Americans and British? Why did the Germans prove more fanatical foes than the Japanese, fighting to the bitter end?
Finishing off the beast
One of the greatest military feats during the Second World War was the transformation of the German force's activities in the weeks following the battles in Holland and on the German border, where the Allies had finally inflicted the greatest catastrophes of modern war on them. Somehow the Germans found the strength to halt the Allied advance in its tracks and to prolong the war to Armageddon by Max Hastings is the epic story of those last eight months of the war in northern Europe. This guy can write!
One of the greatest military feats during the Second World War was the transformation of the German force's activities in the weeks following the battles in Holland and on the German border, where the Allies had finally inflicted the greatest catastrophes of modern war on them. Somehow the Germans found the strength to halt the Allied advance in its tracks and to prolong the war to Armageddon by Max Hastings is the epic story of those last eight months of the war in northern Europe. Max Hastings is the author of several books, many about warfare including the bestselling and critically acclaimed Nemesis. In his early career as a correspondent, he reported on the Falklands War, experiences which he described in his memoir Going to the Wars. Please sign in to write a review.