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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2013
this is a really good read for anyone interested in WW2 and the battles that standout as turning points in it giving a lot of detail and facts. it is a striking story of the hardships that the people had to endure and how sheer determination can keep you fighting through to a final victory. written with a lot of detail and I would recommend it as a first class history book
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2013
This book sets the battle for Stalingrad into the context of both the war on the Eastern Front and the Second World War as a whole. It is a very good introduction to the subject, though is probably not going to add much to the knowledge of anyone who is already well read on the Great Patriotic War. It is very readable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2014
I have already read books on this terrible battle, I've watched as many films and history programmes I can find so half expected this book to be more of the same... it is and it isn't. Yes the facts are there obviously but the writer gives so much more and presents his work in an extremely readable way. He gives so much detail about the backgrounds of the conflict and he does so with a direct and conversation type way that I know they will stick in my mind. The way the chapters are organised in a way that you don't find yourself trawling through overly long chapters with well placed sub-headings. This made a recent tram trip very easy as the book can be put down / picked up / repeat as necessary... I would tell anyone interested in Stalingrad and the World War in general to buy this. Actually even if your not interested in Stalingrad or the World War then buy it anyway because anyone could read this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 24 December 2013
Very informative and I believe factually correct, gives a good account of the problems faced on the western front, and a picture of the Russian resolve.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2014
I have read lots of books on Starlingrad , but this book is great for any one who wants an overview of this great battle .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2013
Well documented and easy to read. A good balance between the story and the military facts. Out of the many historical accounts I have read, this is amongst the best and for the price, well worth enjoying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2014
Brilliant. The scale of this Eastern front is brought in to focus in this fast moving account of the savage and brutal war as the fortunes swing back and forth. We in the West tend to see the Second World War from our perspective, naturally, but the sheer numbers involved on this front is mind boggling. Truly the war was lost here in the great expanse of Russia and the catalyst for this turning point was Stalingrad. No one can really appreciate the horror and despair experienced by the civilians and the troops on both sides. You can only try and imagine the suffering, the relentless cold, starvation, disease and hopelessness all in this burnt out urban sprawl. The book doesn't dwell over long on the details in the city and in fact the book covers much more of the events and Generals, decision makers and armies that led up to Stalingrad and what followed afterwards.
I devoured this book, my only criticism it would have enhanced the book further if there had been a few maps dotted about between chapters as it's hard to visualise all the locations and distances involved. The build up was also very interesting, I didn't know much about how the other countries were sucked in to the struggle. Top Marks Mr Matthews.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2013
Very informative , easily read , book you could pick up at any page and enjoy , a good overall view of the battle
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2015
A little disappointed, frankly. I found this book rather shallow. It is perhaps, a good introduction for say, 5th or 6th former students, seeking to discover more about the German - Russian campaigns. I did not care for its format either. It is in large print, with a simplistic, almost child-like presentation. It attempts to explain far too much in a far too short a book. The German- Russian pre-war relationship is way too over simplified as are other "accounts" of the prelude to war in Europe. Nonetheless, this book would suit anyone looking for a initial overview of the Russian campaign. It is not a book which would bring anything to the reader who already has a reasonable hknowledge of this period of history. I do not condem the book, but would merely caution those more knowledgeable readers, regarding its nature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2013
Very easy to read and not just about the battle itself. Lot's of historical facts about WW2. Gives a good overall account of the
build up to the start of hostilities on the Eastern front.
Would recommend to anyone interested in WW2 history.
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