The Last Panther – Slaughter of the Reich – The Halbe Kessel 1945
by Wolfgang Faust , Sprech Media
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While the Battle of Berlin in 1945 is widely known, the horrible history of the Halbe Kessel remains largely unpublished.In April 1945, victorious Soviet forces surrounded by 80,000 German men of the 9th Army in the Halbe zone, south of Berlin, in collaboration with several thousand German women and childrenGerman troops, desperate to avoid Soviet capture, fought hard to get out west, where they can give up the comparative study of American securityFor the German civilians trapped in the Kessel, the quest to escape has taken frenetic dimensions, like the terror of the Red Army, of the brutality of the spreadThe small town of Halbe became the hurricane’s eye for escape, as the King of the Tigers of the SS Panzer Corps led the spearhead of the West, taken over by the Panthers of the 21st Panzer Division’s seasoned PanthersPanzer by panzer, unit by unit, the force system were cut off – until only a handful of Panthers, other armor, beaten infantry units and broken columns refugees made a final to escape through the fire rings for American linesThis first-hand account by the commander of one of these panzer tanks relates to the devastating effects of the clear conditions inside the Kessel, the ferocity of the escape attempt through Halbe, and the continuing street battles between overwhelming Soviet forces and the exhaustion of the Reich troops, which were using their last reserves of fuel, ammunition, strength and hopeEloquent German-world war II accounts are surprisingly rare, and Wolfgang Faust’s recent reissue of 1948 memoir,’Tiger Pistes’ fascinated readers the world over with his insight into the Eastern FrontIn “The Last Panther, Faust used his unique knowledge of tank warfare to describe the final collapse of the Third Reich and the murderous fighting between Germans and Russian troopsHe gives us a shocking testament to the cataclysmic final hours of the Reich, and the horrors of this latest outbreak of violence between idyllic forests and me
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