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Between the Oder and the Elbe
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Between the Oder and the Elbe

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For many years the German edition of this Wilhelm Tieke book has been used as an important source for books depicting the fighting at the Oder and the final assault on Berlin in 1945. It describes in detail the German attempts to stem the Soviet tide at the Oder River, the Russian crossing of the river, the drive on Germany’s capital and the final bitter street fighting that ended with Hitler’s death and the capture of the Reichstag. It details the Führer’s desperate orders to Wenck and Steiner for the relief of Berlin and the resulting troop movements that failed to provide help. But the book also covers the actions dealing with the Stettin bridgehead, the fighting at Swinemünde, the evacuation of the Island of Rügen, the withdrawal of the army units from north of Berlin to the Elbe, and the desperate attempts by troops and civilians to break out from Berlin.

This account mixes the descriptions of the overall military situation with many personal accounts of small unit actions. The desperation, fear and resolve of the soldiers often turned to admirable feats of bravery as well as acts of cowardice and brutality. Hope for a last minute alliance with the Western Powers encouraged the Germans to defend desperately. Ultimately, the dashing of such an alliance and the possibility of capture by the Soviets drove many soldiers and civilians to suicide.

The reader has the opportunity here to relive the last days of the Third Reich, as seen through the eyes of the German soldiers and the foreign volunteers who fought before and in Berlin. In one of the ironic incidents of the war, as German soldiers were trying to bypass Berlin to the north, a force of French Waffen-SS troops was trying to enter the city to defend it!

Hardcover, 6" x 9", 531 pages, 35 B&W photos, 14 maps, plus a separate map supplement with a full-colour map on each side.


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J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing went into business in 1983 as Military Book Distributor, selling other companies’ books through the mail. Many of those books were in German, and so during the next few years a number of individuals commented on how it would be nice to see them in English. I investigated the costs and possibilities, and the first book was printed; 400 copies of a 40-page biography on Paul Hausser (how many of you own that one?). This was followed by European Volunteers, the first hard cover and first translation. And here we are now, almost 100 books later, and many more to go.

From the first day, the company’s objective was to provide translations of the very best German-language books covering the German ground forces in WW II and to publish them in a format that would last many years (hard cover, on acid-free paper, with laminated covers). It appears that we have been fairly successful.

Started as a one-man operation by John Fedorowicz, the company grew steadily until more help was needed. Over time, 3 partners came on board and we added Tiger Hobbies as a local outlet for modelers and book buyers. Eventually, as times and economic circumstances demanded, the company has returned to the original owner. However, Sharron, who came on board in 2002 as office manager, has stayed to keep me in line and on target. Ken helps with Tiger Hobbies. So here we are, John, Sharron and Ken - when you call you will get one of us.

Defying the hard economic situation, we plan to publish many more excellent books in the future and to serve your reading and modeling needs for many more years.