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Fighting in Hell: the German Ordeal on the Eastern Front Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1998

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books,U.S. (31 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804116989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804116985
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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This annotated collection of original documents about German preparations for, and reaction to, the D-Day invasion, is invaluable to any serious student of the Second World War.
Craig L. Symonds, author of "Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings""

Much of this book relies on eyewitness accounts, providing powerful testimony to the Germans lack of preparation for the harsh climatic conditions of the Russian winter.
"Military Machines International"
For anybody with a serious interest in this particular struggle, [these reports] are an invaluable source of information coming from a primary and well-informed source.
"Military Modelcraft International""

"Much of this book relies on eyewitness accounts, providing powerful testimony to the Germans' lack of preparation for the harsh climatic conditions of the Russian winter."
--Military Machines International
"For anybody with a serious interest in this particular struggle, [these reports] are an invaluable source of information coming from a primary and well-informed source."
--Military Modelcraft International --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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On 22 June 1941, the German army invaded the Soviet Union, one hundred fifty divisions advancing on three axes in a surprise attack that overwhelmed and destroyed whatever opposition the Russians were able to muster. The German High Command was under the impression that the Red Army could be destroyed west of the Dnepr River and that there would be no need for conducting operations in cold, snow, and mud. They were wrong.
In reality, the extreme conditions of the German war in Russia were so brutal that past experiences simply paled before them. Everything in Russia--the land, the weather, the distances, and above all the people--was harder, harsher, more unforgiving, and more deadly than anything the German soldier had ever faced before.
Based on the recollections of four veteran German commanders of those battles, FIGHTING IN HELL describes in detail what happened when the world's best-publicized "supermen" met the world's most brutal fighting. It is not a tale for the squeamish.

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By A Customer on 5 Jun. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is window-dressed to look like a new piece of literature on the Eastern Front. It is not, it is a series of post-war reviews by German Officers, no doubt to provide data to the US Army for what it considered an upcoming or inevitable war with the USSR. It is technically useful however it is boring. So if you're writing a thesis on this topic then perhaps it's a good buy -if you just have an interest (or obsession) in WWII topics then spend your money a bit more fruitfully - The Forgotten Soldier, I Flew for the Fuehrer, Stuka Commander, Panzergrenadier etc. etc. are good passionate books written from the German side.
To summarise, this is a textbook.
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Tsouras has completely redefined how the war on the eastern front will be viewed. I thoroughly enjoyed the handling of the various topics which resulted in this magnificent piece of work. The book itself is an exhaustive piece which brings to the reader a clear idea of how the war in the east was fought. Having said that, I must however say that I was disappointed that Tsouras spent the greater portion of the book focusing on the Germans difficulty in dealing with the various factors which surrounded the fighting. great book.
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This is strictly a batch of poorly written first-hand reports without appropriate annotation. There are interesting anecdotes about the fierce cold and the toll it took, but this simply wasn't a well-done book. Disappointing
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The book title and the trailer on the back cover ("this is not a tale for the squeamish") is not appropriate at all. Fighting in Hell is just a collection of Germans generals' recollections written in a way a military tactician would relate to, but not for the average reader, who may have thought "Fighting in Hell" would relate personal, vivid accounts of the German foot soldier. And there was nothing that was "not for the squeamish" in the book at all. This was not a "Saving Private Ryan" on the Eastern Front by any stretch.
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An excellent book on the German experience in Russia.
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