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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848843348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848843349
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 19 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,504,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By O on 3 Nov. 2011
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This book is worse than others in the series which I've bought. The pictures are good but the writing is terrible. The authors are clearly not experts on this area of history, to put it mildly. There is a lot of tedious waffle and a lot of inaccuracy. They would've done better to put two pictures on each page rather than only one, and not to bother writing anything at all.

Amazon UK says the book has 176 pages, but my copy has 144 pages, and of these the last ten are blank.

I'll start with the caption on page 17:

"This is a truly impressive line-up of SdKfzs sporting flak artillery pieces. The SdKfz was a hard-track military vehicle, which dates back to 1934 when designs were underway, leading to its first appearance in 1938. Aside from being a tractor for the 88mm Flak gun and howitzers, it was also widely used as a self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicle..."

Well, it's nonsense to describe an "SdKfz" without specifying which inventory number, and there is no such thing as a "hard-track military vehicle". It's "halftrack" of course, but which halftrack are they talking about? Because it was the Sd.Kfz.7 which usually towed the 88mm Flak guns and which started to be produced in large numbers around 1938, while the picture on this page is of the Sd.Kfz.6. Basically the whole paragraph is irrelevant rubbish.

Page 19 is just as bad. The caption tells us these are "German infantrymen", but the author hasn't realised that this entire chapter is actually photos of a Luftwaffe anti-aircraft unit. The soldiers in this black and white photo are almost certainly wearing the red Waffenfarbe of the Artillery, not the Infantry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By a Flynn on 26 Jun. 2012
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The authors in question work on the following basis, perusal of their last 8 or 9 historical titles shows:

--find a single set of photos in another book or an online collection (never an archive of originals)

--put this between covers, usually with Pen & Sword Books (a firm of rather dwindling reputation, in my view)

--write around and caption the images, often in rather poor, inconsequential English style and generally with a very marked lack of historical insight and knowledge

--get onto the market so rapidly that before the book is even checked and edited (if indeed it ever is!) another one or two titles are already in the pipeline

--misdescribe the result as original or revealing.

The photos here are from the random, and to be honest rather boring, collection of a German invader who was not a frontline soldier.
The authors make many mistakes as to geography, the identification of units, and historical significance, possibly because their other titles have included cooking, GCSE leisure, farming and fantasy football.
Historians of the Russian Front my eye!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Interesting pictures / ignorant captions 5 Nov. 2011
By O - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is worse than others in the series which I've bought. The pictures are good but the writing is terrible. The authors are clearly not experts on this area of history, to put it mildly. There is a lot of tedious waffle and a lot of inaccuracy. They would've done better to put two pictures on each page rather than only one, and not to bother writing anything at all.

Amazon UK says the book has 176 pages, but my copy has 144 pages, and of these the last ten are blank.

I'll start with the caption on page 17:

"This is a truly impressive line-up of SdKfzs sporting flak artillery pieces. The SdKfz was a hard-track military vehicle, which dates back to 1934 when designs were underway, leading to its first appearance in 1938. Aside from being a tractor for the 88mm Flak gun and howitzers, it was also widely used as a self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicle..."

Well, it's nonsense to describe an "SdKfz" without specifying which inventory number, and there is no such thing as a "hard-track military vehicle". It was the Sd.Kfz.7 which usually towed the 88mm Flak guns and which started to be produced in large numbers around 1938, but this picture is of the Sd.Kfz.6. Basically the whole paragraph is irrelevant rubbish.

Page 19 is just as bad. The caption tells us these are "German infantrymen", but the author hasn't realised that this entire chapter is actually photos of a Luftwaffe anti-aircraft unit. The soldiers in this black and white photo are almost certainly wearing the red Waffenfarbe of the Artillery, not the Infantry. The author describes the dress of soldiers of the Heer, however they are actually wearing what is commonly known as the 'Fliegerbluse' of the Luftwaffe. They are wearing blue-grey, not field-grey, and the collars are not "faced in a dark blue/green material" as we are told.

On page 24 the vehicle is a Krupp Protze, not a Horch Kfz.15

On page 28 the caption reads, "This is the classic German R12 motorcycle with sidecar" but it isn't an R12 in the picture; it's a BMW R75.

On page 39 the caption reads, "The German on the left of the photograph appears to be an officer, as he is carrying a map case around his neck." Actually it's just an ordinary soldier with a gas cape in an oblong pouch attached to his gas mask strap. This error is repeated on page 44.

On page 85 there is a picture of an armoured car with a big advertisement in the background saying, HUILES RENAULT. You have to wonder why they included this photo, because I doubt that it was taken in the Soviet Union!

Writing books about WWII would be a dream job for thousands of people, so why doesn't the publisher select someone who could do it better? It's a shame because I'd love to know more about these pictures.

The pictures come from Jim Payne, a photograph collector who has an interesting website called Through Their Eyes. The crashed Soviet plane on pages 58 and 59 of the book (wrongly identified by the authors) seems to be a Neman/Kharkov R-10, which is quite a rare machine. You can see one of these two photos on the website under the heading WW2 GERMAN ARMY RUSSIAN FRONT.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Blitzkrieg Russia 6 July 2011
By William L. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a major disappointment. While the pictures were great, the captions are worse than I find in Ian Baxter's books. The worst examples are on pages 15-16. The caption infers that these two panoramic pictures were taken in June 1941. However, when you look closely, the vehicles shown (Panzer IVs) show a couple the long barrel 75mm guns that didn't exist at the time the caption states. Page after page of beautiful pictures with moronic captions.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Par for Course for the Images of War Series! 4 April 2012
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having read various IMAGES OF WAR volumes, I can't say I was disappointed by BLITZKRIEG RUSSIA. It's about par for course for this long-running series: fascinating photographs teamed with captions ranging from generic to inaccurate. I'm no expert on the Russian Front but, when even I can spot mistakes, something's wrong!

First off, I really enjoyed the rich variety of pix found in this 2011 Pen & Sword volume. The pix depict Russian and German tanks, armored cars, flak-guns, trucks, MGs and artillery pieces along with snaps of German infantrymen in various poses, Russian POWs, peasants and battle scenes. Taken together, the photographs really give a good picture of Russian Front warfare at the landser level. Then too, the photo quality is much better than many IOW volumes I've seen. It's a pity the authors - Sutherland and Canwell - did such a superficial job of captioning those gems.

In summary, enjoy the pix and wade through the captions. Recommended with reservations.
It seems whoever wrote this book bought a bunch of ... 9 Dec. 2014
By Edwin Loh - Published on Amazon.com
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It seems whoever wrote this book bought a bunch of old photos from flea market then put whatever they think the description
of the pictures on the book as the text. The author(s) does not have knowledge of military history.
Probably don't know the difference between Wehrmacht Luftwaffe and Wehrmacht Heers.
One picture shown Soviet prisoners of war; I am certain they are not based on the uniform.
The photos are authentic though, I have seen quite a lot of old pictures at Berlin flea market.

Ed Loh
Huntington Township, NY
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Images of War - Russia 25 Oct. 2011
By Hernani S. Oliveira Filho - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A good example of a archive of new photos showing the time of the action or battle, includes a cronology that explains the evolution of the material and the morale of the soldiers. A good souce of images for modellers and teachers.
The presentation is good but I think that the editor can do a hardcover version, I always consult the book and they started to wrippoff.
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