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Berlin is the last of Flames Of War’s current series of late-war intelligence handbooks. It focuses on the Soviet assault on the German capital city of Berlin, the battles to encircle it, and the final desperate defence by the by the rag-tag German forces defending it.
The Soviet forces featured in the book gave us a chance to finish off the Eastern Front with a flourish. We’d already covered a great majority of the Soviet forces as they were after the end of Operation Bagration (22 June – 19 August 1944) in Desperate Measures. The forces left out of Desperate Measures dove-tailed well with what we wanted to put into Berlin. So the three Soviet forces featured in Berlin are the Hero Gvardeyskiy Tyazhelyy Tankovy Polk (Hero Guards Heavy Tank Regiment), the Hero Tyazhelyy Samokhodno-Artillyeriyskiy Polk (Hero Heavy Self-propelled Artillery Regiment), and Hero Strelkovy Polk (Hero Rifle Regiment), all of which played an important part in the conquest of Berlin and the final defeat of the Third Reich.