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5.0 out of 5 stars David Glantz at his best, 13 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Zhukov's Greatest Defeat: The Red Army's Epic Disaster in Operation Mars, 1942 (Paperback)
I really like this book. In it David Glantz does wat he does at his best. And that's to write about events on the Eastern Front in a level of detail that is unsurpassed. This is especially so for the Soviet side, with Mr. Glantz having had access to many Soviet sources.
What makes the book so good is that in it Mr. Glantz has digested all this source material and transformed it into a very exiting account of events. By going down to the level of small units, and taking things like the weather into account, the storyline reads like a novel. And to make sure the reader doesn't lose track of the bigger picture, the story is devided into manageble chapters. The front is devided into separate sectors, and each of these get treated in detail. For every sector events over a couple of days are described before going on to the next. This makes it easy to understand what's going on, and after having rotated through the different sectors a couple of times it became second nature to me to know where events were taking place.
What's also very helpful is that the maps included in this book are very clear. This is not always the case with Mr. Glantz' books, because sometimes the maps are photocopy-like in appearance, and this makes them very unclear. In this case however the maps are specially made, and printed very clearly in grey, with Soviet unit-numbers printed in white, and German numbers in black. Some of the maps are of a very small portion of the overall battlefield, but by referring back to larger scale maps I could easily find where the different towns and villages were to be found. Also included are a number of photo's, but these are not as clear as could be the case. That in no way distracts from the overall impression of quality though.
So, again, I do think this is one David Glantz' best books. The storyline is fluid, and not interrupted with daily reports as in the Smolensk series. The maps are very clear and thus truly helpful in following events. And most importantly, I couldn't put it down because the story was so exiting.
All in all I feel this is a book no East Front buff can do without. I really think it's worth all five stars.
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