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4.0 out of 5 stars Destroys the myths of the Axis armies on the Don., 4 Mar 2014
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Prior to this book most people probably imagined that the German allies; Italy, Romania and Hungary, ran away at the sight of a T-34 tank, whilst the German Wehrmacht gritted its teeth and fought back against terrible odds. I am glad to report then that this book offers a slightly more balanced history of the countries and men who slipped into the war on the side of Germany. Given the paucity of their equipment, with the Panzer 38 hardly state of the art circa 1942, could Germany really expect her allies to offer more than blood and oil for the evil regime their misguided leaders had publicly backed? The author shows how many Italians and Romanians fought bravely to protect the German flanks whilst the battle of Stalingrad raged, and how they were simply swept away by the numerically superior Russians. Indeed, one can only imagine the bravery it took for simple peasant Romanians to resist the Russian onslaught, especially as they had the antiquated R-2 tank for their own armoured division. All in all, then, this is a good book that sets the record straight and shows that the German allies did as well as could reasonably be expected. The real reason for their disastrous showing was the German High Command and the stupid orders that ensured they died a cold death, either at the front on in prison camps during and after the war. A very good and worthwhile book.
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