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Half of the story,
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This review is from: Blood, Steel, Myth: The II.SS-Panzer-Korps and the Road to Prochorowka (Hardcover)
I say half of the story because I think this book should be read as a companion to "Demolishing the Myth" by Valeriy Zamulin. This titanic battle is still in living memory and passions are still there, and will be for years to come. It is too soon to write an accurate and disspasionate account of this battle, as it is of the war in general. Generations must die and more honest evaluations made by those for whom these events have no living connection or emotion. However, what we have here is a stunning account of the Prokhorovka battle from the German side, and it is clear that Nipe is on their side. His book moves the story on from that of others before him, including the excellent book on the battle by Glantz. After reading this book you come away thinking you know everything there is to know, and from the German perspective you probably do. Though as I said, it is the German perspective only and that should not be forgotten. I think the perfect book on the Prokhorovka battle would be a fusion of this book and that of Zamulin, which I think is the more balanced of the two.
A word on the book description that too much about this battle has been from the Soviet side. This is nonsense, there has been far too much from the German side over the years. The cold war and what I call the "Sven Hassel syndrome" being responsible for this. A major reason has also been the excessive secrecy from the Soviet side. But since 1991, gradually the war diaries have been released allowing a much clearer picture to emerge, particulary about Stalingrad. To me, Beevor's book, while excellent, is out of date because the war diaries of 62nd Army and the personal accounts of Chuikov and his cheif of staff have been released since Beevor's book was published.
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