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To the Gates of Stalingrad: The Stalingrad Trilogy v. 1: Soviet-German Combat Operations, April-August 1942 (Modern War Studies)
To the Gates of Stalingrad: The Stalingrad Trilogy v. 1: Soviet-German Combat Operations, April-August 1942 (Modern War Studies)
by David M. Glantz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £32.50

1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreary, ponderous, 2 Dec 2012
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David Glantz being an expert historian in the area of the German invasion of the Soviet Union in WW2, a reader might expect that his 'To the Gates of Stalingrad' trilogy would be clear, revelatory and gripping. In reality Book 1 reads like a telephone directory - turgid, monotonous and dreary. Details as to particular army divisional formations in any advance are recycled to the point of extreme tedium without clearly explaining the overall significance.
Maps are particularly poor, small and mean, giving the impression as having been taken from a black-and-white ordnance survey source then xeroxed many times over to a uniform grey. The author is clearly indifferent as to whether readers can follow the narrative of events. I gave up after page 270 in disappointment.
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War without Garlands: Operation Barbarossa 1941-1942
War without Garlands: Operation Barbarossa 1941-1942
by Robert Kershaw
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, if a little one-sided, 7 Jan 2012
This book finally explains the apparent conundrum of how the Wehrmacht during Operation Barbarossa lost 60,000 dead in six weeks whilst apparently scything its way effortlessly through the Soviet Union. The sheer brutality of the campaign and the toll it took on all parties are unflinchingly described and text is terse, spare and well-written.
I have a number of quibbles: the author seems slow to judge the Wehrmacht, which aided and abetted genocide and the author is - to my mind - insufficiently judgmental of the notorious 'Kommisar Order'; also the focus of the book is clearly slanted towards the German rather than Soviet experience, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

When I acquired the book, I was unimpressed to find photographs apparently xeroxed from a machine fast running out of toner... For all that it's a wonderful book.


BLACK KNEELING POSTURE ERGONOMIC CHAIR OFFICE WOODEN
BLACK KNEELING POSTURE ERGONOMIC CHAIR OFFICE WOODEN

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wobbly, 3 Jan 2012
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All timber parts of this chair are of high-quality sturdy birch ply. Assembly instructions are clear. All other parts - cushions, dowels and screws are of either average or poor quality and inferior to Swedish flatpack norms. In my chair-kit a wrong screw was included which was too long and protruded into the knee cushion; I had to hacksaw it back. Dowels were too narrow and too short and needed to be glued in place for adequate stability. My major quibble, however, was that the assembled chair is too rickety and would profit by the inclusion of stabilising timber - or other - braces which might make it more rigid. A little DIY is required: the chair is cheap and cheerful, but still value for money.
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Boston Twin Glider Seat Black
Boston Twin Glider Seat Black

2.0 out of 5 stars Handsome product: impossible to assemble, 8 Aug 2011
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All components are well laid out and labelled: nuts, screws, spacers etc. are shrink-wrapped on stiff cardboard. The assembly instructions are, however, horrendous with one particular critical assembly diagram (#6 in my case) containing no fewer than 16 fixture components fighting for space on a small diagram. If IKEA were like this, flatpack would be history....


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