By Leon Uris
In Berlin on the finish of global warfare II, an American military officer bears witness to the aftermath of 1 ancient tragedy and the increase of one other
Captain Sean O’Sullivan distinguishes himself as a brave soldier within the remaining days of global conflict II, yet what comes subsequent checks his private reserves of energy and conviction. despatched to supervise the rebuilding of Berlin, O’Sullivan is uncovered to the terrible truths of the Holocaust, a shattered and defeated society, and the hot danger of Soviet strength because the Iron Curtain starts off to shadow the town. while Soviet forces blockade Berlin and the airlift starts off, O’Sullivan is confronted with profound ethical dilemmas in an more and more complex world.
Armageddon is without doubt one of the nice fictional portrayals of Europe within the earliest days of the chilly War. This booklet positive factors an illustrated biography of Leon Uris together with infrequent pictures from the author’s estate.
“Magnificent. the nice drama of the Berlin airlift . . .”
— The Columbus Dispatch
“A large landscape of individuals and locations . . . dramatic second after dramatic second in a throbbing tempo.”
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Extra info for Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin
American commanders had a somewhat different view of the flak threat, recognizing the smaller numbers of bomber losses attributable to flak alone, but more aware of the significant number of stragglers damaged by flak and then shot down by fighters. Furthermore, flak intimidated bomber crews and played a crucial role in degrading bomber accuracy. The flak commanders continued to push for upgrades in their armament, especially the trend from using the 88mm to the 105mm and 128mm guns because of their greater reach.
The new Me-410 began to be issued to these units in October 1943, eventually becoming the predominant type by the spring of 1944. In the spring of 1943, Erprobungskommando 25 (Test Command 25) was created to develop armament to deal with the heavy bombers, including heavy cannons and rockets. Besides this effort, some German units experimented on their own initiative. The first improvised attempt at air-to-air bombing took place on February 16, 1943, during the raid on St Nazaire, and the USAAF recorded at least nine more bomb attacks in May 1943 and several more in June before it tapered off because of ineffectiveness.
In March 1943 General Kammhuber attempted to consolidate these units under a single command. The Luftflotte 3 commander, Generalfeldmarschall Hugo Sperrle, forcefully argued that Luftflotte 3’s main mission would be to defeat an Allied invasion of France, and therefore he was able to fend off attempts to absorb his fighter units under the Reich defense command. Through the beginning of 1943, Reich air defense was based primarily on flak and night-fighters, since the main threat was from RAF night attacks.
Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin by Leon Uris