Enemy at the Gates
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Seen through the eyes of both Germans and Russians, it takes us from Hitler and Stalin in their capitals, to field marshals and their aides, through to officers and soldiers and civilians. We move from individual sniper duels and house-to-house fighting to tank armies manoeuvering accross the Russian Steppe, from grand strategy to basic survival in the hunger and cold.
Anthony Beevor's "Stalingrad" was a bestseller in 1999: This book compares favourably as an account of the battle and its strategy. And unlike some military histories, this is not a dry narrative, in the style "and then the General sent in the 13th Division on the right flank".
Instead, the story comes from the participants and their memories, carefully arranged and in chronological order. Like Mark Baker's "'Nam", it is based on interviews with hundreds of survivors. But Craig balances the many vivid incidents with the bigger picture.
We are reminded of the sheer scale of this battle, with its cost of some 2 million lives and involvement of millions more, and of its importance as a turning point in World War II.
We are also shown, at the individual level, something of the struggle and suffering, the heroism and horror.
"Enemy at the Gates" is now a paperback at a paperback price, labelled as "Classic Military History". "Classic Military History" is right.
I would not deem it essential reading to a WWII Historian, but I would certainly recommend it to a Russian History enthusiast. Similarly, to any who beleive Russia's role in the war was not crucial, this book will certainly put them straight!
A must read for those who find the Russian (and, indeed, the German) war tactics and army system's of interest.
Recommended, but not light reading.
Some very grim and shocking details, but also includes incredible heroism.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gripping, humane and devoid of the avalanche of statistics found,say,in Anthony beevoirs bookPublished 2 months ago by Mike Hurney
Unrelenting account of both the strategic and human stories that made Stalingrad an almost unbelievable war of attrition. Grimly fascinating. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. J. Brady
One of the best books I ever read about the Second World War and the Eastern Front.Published 9 months ago by Majick
I preferred this book over Antony Beevor's Stalingrad even though they are similar. I found Enemy at the Gates more detailed in areas leading up to the attack on the city, areas... Read morePublished 18 months ago by PsychoPigeon
It is very complex, long and not much like the movie at all but if you are very in to world war 2 or want to know more about the war then it is very good and graphic.Published on 7 April 2014 by Rebecca P.
an exellent book if you like world war ll history
reqamend it to any war history reader very good ten out of ten
I won't presume the same depth of knowledge as some others who have commented on this excellent read before me. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2011 by L. Sleepa