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9th Army at Seelow Heights
A Million Corpses to Berlin
The Red Army’s Drive Into Germany in 1945
© 2012
334 pages; 14 chapters and 3 appendices
When the Red Army conceived of conquering Germany in 1944-45, it
expected to suffer hundreds of thousands of casualties. But the
Red Army
never thought that it would lose
a million corpses on the road to Berlin.
Little did the
Red Army generals realize that they had written a blood contract
with the devil that would cost them over
a million corpses to Berlin. But, the
Red Army troops fell in windrows to the tens of thousands of German machine
guns and panzerfausts in close combat war fighting.
For the first time, the ruthless, mind-numbing sweep and majesty of the
Eastern Front Armageddon is exposed to the wide-eyed reader in
A Million
Corpses to Berlin
. The Wagnerian epic that was played out between
Belarusian and Berlin was marked by hundreds of miles of twisted wreckage,
putrefied corpses, burning towns, raped women, and blood that flowed like
rivers. The
Red Army's conquest of Germany in 1945 was no cakewalk.
Clinch your teeth as you open this e-book; it's very hot along the pathway
marked by
a million corpses to Berlin.
Review Table of Contents
“In April 1945, the German 9th Army was dug in along the Oder Front with its Center of Gravity in the Seelowe
Heights
about thirty miles from Berlin. The Seelow Heights commanded the ten-mile wide Oder River valley flatlands,
or Oderbruch, which had been turned into a swampy morass. The
Oder River's flood plain along the Seelow Heights,
already soaked from the spring runoff, was turned into a swamp by releasing the waters of an artificial lake upstream.
This made the terrain unsuitable for the employment of tanks -- blunting the effect of the massive Soviet advantage in
armor.
The
Seelow Heights escarpment ranged from 100 to 200 feet above the valley bed. Along those heights and behind
them were three defense lines. Those
9th Army defense lines incorporated a mosaic of interlocking strongpoints and
natural obstacles swept by fire. The obstacles in front of and behind Seelowe included woods, villages, stretches of
water and man-made abattis, as well as mines and barbed wire. Antitank ditches, AA guns and generous quantities of
Panzerfaust reinforced the German troops in the extensive network of trenches.  
The
9th Army’s first defense line was manned by twelve division equivalents, the second line, known as the
Hardenburg Line, was to be retreated to at the last moment to avoid Soviet artillery barrages. The army reserve was
deployed in depth along the third line of defense with the three antitank brigades arranged in a “V” along the Neu
Hardenburg/Muncheberg/Heinersdorf line.”
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