Col Raus, a staff officer of many years, began Barbarossa with his first notable field command within the 6th PzD of AGN. By the time AGN had penetrated the Baltics and was heading for Leningrad, Raus had received two decorations and a promotion. He quickly proved to be a wily tactician and an able leader that gained the confidence and respect of his troops. Before his forced retirement in March 1945 from an irrational Hitler, he would command at divisional, corps, and army level of some of the most important battles of the war.
This is a competent and interesting but not an exhaustive study of the man and the immediate battles that confronted him during WWII.
The book, which was predominately sourced from writings of Raus after the war, begins with a brief history of his career and a general overview of his engagements before expanding his battles.There are 23 engagements the author describes as well as analysis of each battle. Both the description and analysis, though concise, was good and helpful.
Perhaps reading about the assaults of an Army Group like you read in a David Glantz book (Barbarossa, Typhoon, Stalingrad, Kursk, Leningrad) is more impressive, but you will still learn interesting aspects of Raus and these micro battles that you won't find in the macro books.
Included with the narrative are twenty black and white maps. I thought these maps were good and helped the reader follow the battle action. Several maps also helped in following the battle action in those macro books when its map was blurred or darkened. While there were no photos, there were twenty action drawings that were interesting; you may like them also.
The book also has footnotes, an impressive reading list of secondary authors and an index.
Also included was a very useful Appendix that included the divisional history of 6th PzD and Order of Battle and the organizational structure of the relief attempt of Stalingrad. There was also a description of the historical program of the war sponored by the US Army that Raus and other noted Germans participated in.
If you liked this book but want more there are two other books you could study. The first book is similar in nature, covering General Raus but has other coverage and is written by Steven Newton. Its called "Panzer Operations". These two books are mutually supplemental and together give a fuller picture of General Raus and his battle history. The other book is also by Mr Tsouras and is called "Fighting in Hell" and includes battle tactics of Raus and other Germans as well.
If you are interested in General Raus or in battlefield tactics, this book and the other two books mentioned are highly recommended.