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By Max Hastings

A spouse quantity to his bestselling 'Armageddon', Max Hastings' account of the conflict for Japan is a masterful army history.

Featuring the main notable solid of commanders the area has ever visible, the dramatic conflict for Japan of 1944--45 used to be acted out around the sizeable degree of Asia: Imphal and Kohima, Leyte Gulf and Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Soviet attack on Manchuria.

In this gripping heritage, Max Hastings weaves jointly the advanced strands of an epic conflict, exploring the army strategies at the back of the most successful and so much awful scenes of the 20th century. the result's a masterpiece that balances the tale of command judgements, rivalries and follies with the stories of infantrymen, sailors and airmen of both sides as basically Max Hastings can.

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Gradually, in spite of enormous losses, the 20th Army bullied its way 7 miles (12km) into AOK 9’s eastern flank while the 41st Army advanced 22 miles (35km) into the western side of the salient. Despite being under enormous pressure, Walter Model fought desperately to maintain a continuous front and once his Panzer reserves began to arrive, he was able to mount several vicious counterattacks that cut off and demolished the Soviet spearheads. Konev’s front lost the 6th Tank Corps and the 2nd Guards Cavalry Corps, while Purkaev lost the 1st Mechanized Corps and the 6th Rifle Corps.

1200hrs: the 1st Polish Army advances into a vacant Warsaw. 9. 2nd Guards Tank Army captures Sochaczew. Zhukov has achieved a complete breakthrough and the remnants of AOK 9 retreat westwards. com Zhukov conferring with Konstantin Rokossovsky, his former division commander. Together with Konev, Zhukov and Rokossovsky formed the troika of Soviet front commanders who played the leading role in the final year of the war on the Eastern Front. (Courtesy of the Central Museum of the Armed Forces Moscow via Nik Cornish) primed as springboards for a breakout.

Zhukov tried to prevent Konev from advancing into Berlin by quietly inserting a ‘stop line’ south of Berlin in the operational plan, but Stalin overruled that. Zhukov realized that this was going to be the last offensive of the war against Germany and in one of those moments where his ego got the better of his military judgement, he refused to share the final victory with his long-time rival, Konev. Stalin believed that the Western Allies might disregard the Yalta agreements and advance upon Berlin, so he ordered the Stavka to execute 16 April 1945 1.

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