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Rising '44 : The Battle for Warsaw - Norman Davies

Rising '44

The Battle for Warsaw

Paperback Published: 31st August 2004
ISBN: 9780330488631
Number Of Pages: 816

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The story of the Warsaw Rising from the the leading British authority on the history of Poland.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.

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[Daviesa] knowledge and his passion are displayed in this notable book. His research among Polish and Soviet sources is exhaustive... (Max Hastings, "Sunday Telegraph" (London)) Praise for Norman Daviesas Europe: A History: aDavies reveals a comprehensive design, tremendous narrative power, a remarkable gift for compression, and a shrewd sense of overall balance.a ("The New York Review of Books")

ISBN: 9780330488631
ISBN-10: 0330488635
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 816
Published: 31st August 2004
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 13.34  x 5.08
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Unabridged