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on 5 June 1999
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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on 6 March 1999
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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on 26 March 1998
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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on 15 February 1999
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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on 8 June 1999
The book itself is very good. It gives an detailed account of the military peculiarities of the Russians and the hellish conditions which the Germans were forced to endure. On a more negative note, the hype that the book recieves from its back cover is uncalled for. "It is not a tale for the squeamish" is not an acurate review of the book. I personally would have enjoyed a more personal account on the part of the German troops, rather than their commanders, but it was still quite an interesting story. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys World War II non-fiction or anyone who likes to hear the Russians get bashed. :o)
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on 3 May 2001
well researched reference for operational procedures of the german armies in the east, especially anti-partisan and counter attack tactics
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on 7 June 2016
An excellent book on the German experience in Russia.
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on 16 December 2014
excellent novel. well written. Gripping srory.
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on 12 February 2014
The war will be over by Christmas!!!!. Think again. Those inferior Russian peasants put up one hell of a fight.
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