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Not getting the full picture
on 7 August 2011
This book left me with a slight unsatisfactory feeling. Although the writing was strong and it contained a lot of interest, it pales substantially when compared to Sajer's 'the Forgotten Soldier' opus. Written in a diary format, the book starts strongly but I was left feeling that something didn't quite add up, and I can't really explain what. Whilst Sajer's book does not even attempt to cover the political side or the atrocities both the Axis and Russians committed, this one goes to great pains to point out how evil the Russians were, and rarely portrays any Wehrmacht soldier in a negative light, bar the very rare bad apple. The SS remain the only German villains and even that is conveniently left woolly. I also was put off by the art, depicting a fairly prominent swastika, perhaps designed for a certain subset of readers who this will no doubt appeal to. It's not something you will want to be seen with in public, that's for sure.
I was hoping to find something similar here to 'the Forgotten Soldier' and whilst much of the book delivers, I can't really recommend this on the whole due to that niggling feeling that you are being delivered a substantially airbrushed version of history.