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  • Hardcover: 538 pages
  • Publisher: Leaping Horseman; 2nd edition (6 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975107607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0646410340
  • ASIN: 0646410342
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,955,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dave History Student on 26 Jun. 2011
Island of Fire was so impressive, I had to get "Death of the Leaping Horseman". Where "Island" covered the infantry assault on the Barrikady Factory and surrounding area in northern Stalingrad, this book covers predominately the 24th PzD's assault northward toward southern Stalingrad. Both books have many things in common. Both are meticulously researched and skillfully presented with much detail and many maps and pictures. One thing that is different is that while "Island" begins its coverage on Nov 2nd when the five pioneer divisions reached Stalingrad and lasts until the surrender, "Leaping" begins on Aug 12th when Hitler transferred the division from Paulus to Hoth and lasts until Nov 20th when Operation Uranus had started and the division was sent west to defend against 5th Tank Army's penetration of the line. At that point the 24th PzD was no longer a viable fighting unit. The story begins when the 24th PzD joins up with 48th PzC in the Aksai region, north of Kotelnikovo where it will protect the east flank of the Corps. The 14th PzD, 94th ID and a few smaller attachments are also sighted in the assault for they work together.

Though the panzers gained ground as they headed north and a little east toward Stalingrad, Russian resistance was stiff and inflicted heavy casualties on the Germans. As the advance neared the city, the resistance would only worsen. To a rational dictator, a clear signal was sounded that trouble was ahead and alternative plans should be made but Hitler was never rational. He has a history throughout the war of pushing his troops too fast and too far but he never learned. Zhukov always made him pay for that mistake.
By the end of August, the 24th PzD had reached Peschanka, a suburb of Stalingrad.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason Rimmer on 10 Jan. 2014
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At last a reprint is on the way at a very very good price indeed..being published by Stackpole I believe and hardback!

I already own Island of Fire, Cholm and Into Oblivion so when the reprint comes out I'll have nearly all of Jason's books.

Death of the Leaping Horseman: The 24th Panzer Division in Stalingrad
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful By BAM on 5 May 2014
I should love this book. Why? Well, i love the subject of Stalingrad, am an Eastern front armour addict, and i think Jasons book "Island of Fire", the first of his i read, is brilliant. But i found that everytime i tried to start reading my copy of "Death of..." I just kept putting it down and starting something else. I had it for 3 yrs before i managed to finish it. After finishing, I felt deflated; the book hadnt impressed me at all.
Then a year later i happened to read the Amz.com review by M.Pitcavage, and i realised he was correct in his 2-stars critique (read his review!!) and why i hadnt enjoyed the book.
This book is a huge assemblage of data, interviews, the usual brilliant Leaping Horseman style maps & photo combinations, but it is BORING. The author doesnt know what to do with all the info, doesnt know whats irrelevant, doesnt analyse or put into any context. Doesnt say which decisions were good or bad. We get nothing from the russian side, nothing. We dont know who the opponents were, what their equipment was like, and what they thought of the 24th PzD. The book just becomes a list of each days action, a sort of calendar, with lists of wounded, map areas conquered, tanks used etc. But its just a big list, no flowing narrative connection, no heart.
So dont be fooled by the hype....this should be a great book, but its not. Read Pitcavage's review, he has it right, even though most other reviewers vehemently deny him. As he says: "This book is almost a perfect example of how flawed a book can be when a non-historian tries to write history." It fails to tell a story, it becomes "just data for the sake of data".
I will say its worth buying the cheap edition of the book for its superb maps and images. But dont worry if you find you cant read through all the text. I sold my original for a profit, just before the reprint emerged, so i cant complain too much...
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
A detailed study 25 Feb. 2009
By Guy Deyoung - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is heavy reading, and not one you'll blow through in a day or two. It is a serious history that provides a detailed blow by blow description of the actions of the 24th Panzer Division during the battle of Stalingrad. One reviewer was critical of this book saying something to the effect of it presenting data for data's sake, and contending that this was not history. I have to disagree. This book is a history in which you are presented with the facts and left to draw your own conclusions. Each day is covered in its own chapter with some chapters longer than others depending on how heavily engaged the division was on that day. Each chapter follows a similar organizational style. The reader is presented with the situation, the unit's mission and how it was task organized, and then with an account of how the day's action unfolded. The accounts are interspersed with first hand accounts and official entries from unit diaries or award citations. Each chapter closes with a summary of enemy killed or captured and the 24th Panzer's casualties. In many cases the German casualties are documented in the form of name, rank, and unit of the fallen soldier. As you read through the book you really get a sense of how the unit was relentlessly ground down as the fighting went on. I think what the other reviewer found lacking in this book was the absence of some kind of unifying thesis. He is right in that the author is not trying to prove some point or further some agenda. The author's sole purpose was to recount a series of events, and I think he does that admirably.

For people like me who also build model tanks this book is a treasure trove of pictures. There were several pictures that I had never seen before of not only German armor, but also Russian armor as well.

In summary, this book is a very detailed account of one unit's experiences during the battle of Stalingrad. It is serious history, and not a "coffee table" book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have plans to purchase this author's other books.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A superior piece of historical research on Stalingrad. 1 Oct. 2008
By Jack Stone - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent piece of work on the Battle of Stalingrad from the perspective of the German side. However, this work is very specific and addresses the battle from the view of the soldiers of the 24th Cavalry Divison "The Leaping Horsemen", from the drive on Stalingrad until the Germans' stalemate as they ground to a halt in the center of the city. This book contains many first person perspectives, detailed maps, and wartime photographs that are quite unique. This is not a book about the overall battle for the city. This is about the very detailed wartime accounts of this division's fight in the bloodiest urban battle in the history of man. A first class product.

(As an aside, another reviewer was critical of this work saying it contained 'irrelevent details' of the battle. He must have read a different work than I did. True, this book is expensive, so if you are just a casual reader of the battle, don't bother. If you want a superior understanding of the horrors and challenges of modern urban warfare, then this book answers the mail.)
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book! 26 Oct. 2013
By iskra72101 - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book after purchasing Angriff and Island of Fire by this author and was not dissapointed. This book, like all books by Jason Mark is well researched and the human factor is well represented. Unlike some of the books writen by "real historians", this guy takes you into the battle and makes you a part of it. I like the fact that he puts a lot of discriptive information out, and that he matches the day to day operations of the division with weather conditions and casualties. I think that what makes the book so good is that it's writen from a soldiers view instead of a politician or high ranking officer's view. Personally, I think the author really did his research and makes the book interesting without making it long winded and I especially like that he included a lot on non archived pictures, which really makes the book unique.

So, if you're a fan of history, especially the eastern front and Stalingrad, buy this book. The pictures alone are worth the purchase.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Best Stalingrad Narrative 15 July 2007
By John C. Calvin - Published on Amazon.com
If you are looking for a street-by-street description of the Battle of Stalingrad, there is no better book. If you want 600 pages on the Battle of the Barrikady Gun Factory in Stalingrad (ten buildings), add Jason Mark's "Island of Fire".

If you add David M. Glantz's "Atlas of the Battle of Stalingrad: Red Army Offensive Operations, 19 November 1942-2 February 1943, and his map series "Stalingrad Factory battles, 31 Aug-18 Nov 42" and "Stalingrad counteroffensive, 19-28 Nov 42", you can stop buying books on the battle.

They are that good.

Regards,

John
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Another Extraordinary Book on Stalingrad by Jason Mark 7 Nov. 2009
By Dave Schranck - Published on Amazon.com
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"Island of Fire" was so impressive, I had to get "Death of the Leaping Horseman". Where "Island" covered the infantry assault on the Barrikady Factory and surrounding area in northern Stalingrad, this book covers predominately the 24th PzD's assault northward toward southern Stalingrad. Both books have many things in common. Both are meticulously researched and skillfully presented with much detail and many maps and pictures. One thing that is different is that while "Island" begins its coverage on Nov 2nd when the five pioneer battalions reached Stalingrad and lasts until the surrender, "Leaping" begins on Aug 12th when Hitler transferred the division from Paulus to Hoth and lasts until Nov 20th when Operation Uranus had started and the division was sent west to defend against 5th Tank Army's penetration of the line. At that point the 24th PzD was no longer a viable fighting unit. The story begins when the 24th PzD joins up with 48th PzC in the Aksai region, north of Kotelnikovo where it will protect the east flank of the Corps. The 14th PzD, 94th ID and a few smaller attachments are also sighted in the assault for they work together.
Though the panzers gained ground as they headed north and a little east toward Stalingrad, Russian resistance was stiff and inflicted heavy casualties on the Germans. As the advance neared the city, the resistance would only worsen. To a rational dictator, a clear signal was sounded that trouble was ahead and alternative plans should be made but Hitler was never rational. He has a history throughout the war of pushing his troops too fast and too far but he never learned. Zhukov always made him pay for that mistake.
By the end of August, the 24th PzD had reached Peschanka, a suburb of Stalingrad. By late September, the 24th PzD and the 94th ID were inside Stalingrad, capturing the grain silo and reaching the Volga River. By early November the southern half of Stalingrad was captured and the three divisions were sent north to help Paulus capture the factory district. The story will end with the 24th PzD defending the left flank against the Russian invasion during Operation Uranus. I was really surprised at how few Mk IV panzers the division had. The bulk of its force was made up of Mk IIIs and older. There were no Panthers or Tigers. Its amazing the accomplishment made with their arsenal.

There is much to learn from this book and though its detail laden, the presentation is interesting and there is no chance of getting bored. Besides the battle action, Mr Mark includes many first person accounts to depict the human side of battle. Of special interest to me were the communications and after action reports from division to corps and corps to army that allowed you to follow what command was thinking and planning, reacting to the unexpected. Included in this chain of command is Hoth, Kempf, Hauenschild, Heim, Fremerey and others. There would be daily and weekly accountings of casualties, POWs and equipment captured, decorations bestowed and more. There are many bios of men and officers as well as their photos that helps put a face to the narrative.
There are many maps and photos to view. There is an extensive appendix that includes additional officers bios, Orders of Battle, panzer and equipment losses, accommodations and promotions bestowed and more. The Bibliography which includes primary and secondary sources is also helpful. Both of these books have been great; I hope Mr Mark will extend his coverage to include the defense of the Don - Chir Rivers by Manstein during Operation Little Saturn. Anybody interested in the battle of Stalingrad should consider investing in this book. Its highly recommended.
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