To the Bitter End

The Final Battles of Army Groups North Ukraine, A, and Center-Eastern Front, 1944-45

Rolf Hinze

Date Published :
March 2010
Publisher :
Illustration :
30 photos, 30 maps
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ISBN : 9781935149316
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches


A selection of the Military Book Club

This is a penetrating and detailed account of the climactic battles of the German forces in Slovakia, the Carpathians, parts of Poland, Silesia and Saxony, from autumn 1944 until the end of the war.

The author provides excellent detail on the movements and actions of numerous German units, and the text covers all major actions including the battle for the Vistula bridgeheads, the epic siege of Breslau, and the final desperate actions around Bautzen and Dresden. Appendices include comprehensive orders-of-battle.

A large number of detailed battle maps are also included. Key sales points: Continues Helion's translation of key German texts on the last phase of the war on the Eastern Front. Presents information previously unavailable in English.

A detailed text is accompanied by photos and maps along with extensive orders-of-battle.

About The Author

Rolf Hinze, born in 1922 in eastern Germany, joined the 19th Artillery Regiment in Hanover in 1939. Following the Campaign in the West he joined military academy at Jutterborg. For the remainder of the war he served as a forward observation officer with the 19th Panzer Division. After the war he became a town magistrate before setting up in practise as a lawyer. He is deceased.


List of Maps
Publisher's Note

Part A: 1944
I Soviet Offensive Operations against Heeresgruppe Nordukraine Summer 1944
II Soviet Offensive in the Beskides
III Uprising in Slovakia
IV Schwerpunkt Shifts from the Beskides to the Carpathians
V Positional Fighting at the End of 1944 and Soviet Preparations for the 1945 Offensive

Part B: The Great Soviet Winter Offensive
VI Prelude
VII Start of the Soviet Offensive
VIII Hasty Measures of Defence

Part C: The Advance into Silesia
IX Advance into Lower Silesia
X Battle of the Upper Silesian Industrial District
XI New Battle for the Mährisch-Ostrau Industrial district
XII Fighting on the Lausitzer-Neiße
XIII Overview of the Situation

Part D: Final Battles
XIV Fighting for the Moravian Gate
XV Last Days of Fortress Breslau
XVI The End in Silesia
XVII Final Battles in Saxony
XVIII Conclusion

Orders of Battle


"…well illustrated with maps which are clear and easy to follow; the text is concise and well written.”


"…a well told story on a grand scale…actions are well selected an varied…instructive and thought provoking…probably the best book on the subject that I've come across, putting these actions into perspective…”

- WarGames Recon, UK, January 2011

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