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Interesting but annoying.
on 7 November 2009
I bought this book based on the good reviews and the rather dashing title! Whilst I enjoyed the content, a number of things irked me slightly. Firstly, whoever proofread this book needs shooting! The grammatical errors are both obvious and rather embarrasing for a major publisher (double commas, no spaces after full stops etc.).
I will admit that it is a page turner and only took me 3 days to finish, but I agree with the other reviews that the way it jumps from time period to time period is slightly irritating. I also found the matter-of-fact way in which the author announces the death of Hitler and the way VE day doesn't even enter as an entry on the relevant day as slightly bewildering.
He also never describes the retreat of the Wermacht as a proper retreat, more of an army 'pulling back' or some other euphemism. It strikes me as odd, as almost everyone knows that from 44 onwards, the Wermacht was very bad at pushing the Russians back to any significant degree. Also, he doesn't describe a lot of the combat losses instead, wishing to gloss over them by saying 'we suffered some losses' or other phrases along those lines.
On balance though, I was engrosed in it and would often put other things off to follow this chap through his admittedly adventurous journey.
Worth buying but just be aware of the negatives.