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Eisenhower and Berlin, 1945: The Decision to Halt at the Elbe

Eisenhower and Berlin, 1945: The Decision to Halt at the Elbe

by Stephen E. Ambrose
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Behind this decision lay another. Whose forces would be the first to reach Berlin? General Dwight David Eisenhower, supreme commander of the British and American armies, chose to halt at the Elbe River and leave Berlin to the Red Army. Could he have beaten the Russians to Berlin? If so, why didn't he? If he had, would the Berlin question have arisen? Would Germany have been divided as it was? Would the Cold War have assumed a direction more favorable to the West? In a narrative of steady fascination, Stephen E. Ambrose describes both the political and the military aspects of the situation, sketches the key players, explains the alternatives, and considers the results. The result is a sharply focused light on an important question of the postwar world. This paperback edition features a new introduction by the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393320107
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/17/2000
Series: Norton Essays in American History Series
Edition description: NORTON TRA
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

The distinguished historian Stephen E. Ambrose is the author of several best-selling books on World War II and was an editor of the Eisenhower Papers.

Date of Birth:

January 10, 1936

Date of Death:

October 13, 2002

Place of Birth:

Whitewater, Wisconsin

Place of Death:

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi


B.A., University of Wisconsin; M.A., Louisiana State University, 1958; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1963

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Paperback Edition5
1The Position, March 7, 194517
2The Creation of the Zones35
3Eisenhower's Superiors and His Telegram to Stalin47
4The Military Situation and the Basis for Decision66
5Could Eisenhower Have Taken Berlin?88
Appendix AThe Telegrams99
Appendix BEisenhower's Directive105
A Note on Sources107
The Position March 7, 194516
Zones of Occupation36
The Position April 4, 194591
The Position April 16, 194595

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