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on 9 January 2015
I was looking forward to reading this book but was very disappointed after the first few chapters. The book is very much a rehash of secondary sources and provides a basic overview of German history from the first world war. I found it boring except for the brief sections where the author discusses his subject even that tends to be anecdotal and limited in scope. Most of Strachwitz's contemporary generals are ranked according to which level of the award of the Knights Cross they received. No. I thought it was a very disappointing book.
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on 29 May 2015
This is a very poor book. Primarily because there is not enough information to write it. Vast swathes of the book is given over to repeating second hand sources about the German Army in the Eastern Theater without any reference to the General himself. This is compounded because it is not very clear. Campaign histories need vast quantities of maps to truly understand them, we get none. So understanding the tactical situation is very difficult.

The worst and most grievous offence is perhaps the very worst a historian can do. The author just makes stuff up. We here constantly the General "would have done this", he "would not have known this" yet there is no actual information to support these conclusions except that the historian thinks he understands his subject without ever having met the man. This is criminal scholarship, you cannot jus make stuff up.

The subject of this book is an extraordinary man, unfortunately this book tells you very little of the man himself.
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on 15 November 2014
The usual story about the outstanding cereer of a professional career officer a true to his type Junker soldier of a Junker soldier family the archetypal bloue blooded Prussian aristocracy Warfare was their speciality their trade their calling their religion and Hyazinth Graf Strachwitz was a leading example of his ...Teutonic genre. It's not surprising that after The Second World War was over the school he attended was swiftly closed down for good. After all that was said and done it had produced a spectacular line a multiplicity of examples of a class of professional soldiers who had been highly visible in European Conflict History over the last 700 years.

He lead from the front and his men followed him and did what he told them to do and his opponents were invariably outclassed by his tactical skills and his ability to take advantage of the slightest miscalculation because of his rebellious outlook he was not trusted by the Nazi Leadership who valued his military expertise yet they feared his forthright independence of thought.

Hyazinth Greaf Strachwitz was never promoted to the level of his military competence his command was deliberately starved of the kind of military strength which would change the course of the war where he was involved. He was turned into a front line fireman who put out the russian conflagrations until the number of conflagrations he was faced with overwhelmed both him and his loyal men. He was not The Devils General he would most likely have been Hitlers Executioner if he had the chance, his loyalty was to his people and his Country and that to him was everything....
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on 20 February 2015
From reading the book here was a great battlefield commander. The book does what it can but as it is written without the subjects help it contains gaps. However well worth the read and sometimes you have to settle for what you have got.
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on 12 May 2015
An intriguing and remarkable account that is well worth the read.
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on 15 February 2014
gave it five stars for the information about this General it just showed how one man could scare the pants of a mighty army even at the later stages of the war
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on 1 September 2014
Iam reading it for the second time.What a man!
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on 5 November 2014
Enjoyed this book very good read
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