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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book by FAR i.m.h.o. about the war on the eastern front, 11 April 2012
This review is from: Guns Against the Reich: Memoirs of a Soviet Artillery Officer on the Eastern Front (Stackpole Military History) (Paperback)
This is the best book i've ever read about the war on the eastern front.
From Mikhin's training as a artillery man/forward observer to the final days of the war.
A true personal account of his life as a frontline soldier during the Great Patriotic War, and all the horrors that come with it.
His quick rise to captaincy and commander of a artillery battalion.
Better than his pre war "professional" counterparts, with compassion for his subordinates, a true leader of men!

GREAT BOOK!
A must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A big piece of the Eastern Front Puzzle, 15 Oct 2011
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Gisli Jokull Gislason "Jokull" (Iceland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Guns Against the Reich: Memoirs of a Soviet Artillery Officer on the Eastern Front (Stackpole Military History) (Paperback)
With all the recent Soviet WW2 memoirs being published in English recently this one stands out as a good read. Petr Mikhin is recruited young as a Soviet Officer and by the age of 23 he leads an entire artillery battalion - having by then lost most his borthers in arms many times over.

The battles presented are gritty and important and the later part of the conflict in former Yugoslavia is paticularily interisting, but in the book we find Mikhin doing front line duties in the Rzhev meat grinder battles, then going off to the Stalingrad offensive, then on to the edge of the Kursk battles - you will find Mikhin in the center of things.

Surprisingly for an artillery officer he is often at the forefront of the battles, commanding direct fire with howitzers against the Germans. One also gets quite a feel for the enormous losses the Soviets suffered and Mikhin writes well enough for the reader to feel some of those deaths rather than them being a list of statistics.

Being a front line officer Mikhin is exposed to constant front line action for years on end without almost any reprive. In this I found his experience is similar to Evgeni Bessnov's in TANK RIDER: Into the Reich with the Red Army. I recommend both as the do compliment each other, even if I consider Mikhin's book a little better.

Mikhin also goes to describe what happens behind the lines and of political intrigue and callous commanders.

In all a good read and a big piece of the Eastern Front Puzzle seen from the Soviet side.

Recommended.
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