- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Stackpole Books (1 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811710890
- ISBN-13: 978-0811710893
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 857,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Winter Storm (Stackpole Military History) Paperback – 1 Apr 2012
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The author was able to put together an interesting package though less demanding than hoped for of the tactical summary which is carefully blended with many examples of personal hardships and heroics of German soldiers as well as an abundance of good photos to tie everything together. The photo gallery is a combination of personal photos of the people discussed as well as providing scenes of the death and destruction within the city. The gallery which included some aerials was well done but some of the photos have lost their clarity.
The broad strokes deliver the tactical history to provide the reader an overall image and scale to the battle but the presentation of all the soldier's experiences within this massive environment of death and destruction is what the authors enjoys delivering and hopes will make the biggest impression on the reader.
The story is driven by the German advance on the northern factories and the German perspective dominates but the author also includes Russian daily action reports to help balance the story of how both sides saw the progress of the battle.Read more ›
The book runs to 260-odd pages in 13 chapters, only four of which are strictly concerned with Wintergewitter. Book One (160 pages) consists of a series of first-person reports by survivors of the German forces in Stalingrad. Set in scenes that will be familiar to anyone who has seen the film "Enemy at the Gates" (for instance), it's a story of desperate attempts by ever-dwindling German forces to capture vast Soviet factories and finally expel the Soviets from the northern part of Stalingrad. Remarkably, this proved to be impossible: no matter how many artillery bombardments, Stuka attacks, tank forays, or infantry penetrations were launched, the wily and resourceful Soviets remained in their tunnels and cellars, and thousands more came across the Volga every night. Reading these pages, you get a very vivid idea of how suicidal it was for Hitler and the OKW to plunge their superb mobile units into a meat-grinder where the side with the most resources was bound to win.Read more ›
Gives a glimpse of what it was like to be there on the ground with a different perspective compared to the endless unit numbers, movements and outcomes type of military history.
Would also recommend:
Sniper on the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger, Knight's Cross
Eastern Inferno: The Journals of a German Panzerjager on the Eastern Front
Twilight of the Gods: A Swedish Waffen-SS Volunteer's Experiences
and above all - Hitler's war on Russia by Paul Carell - (if you can find one!)