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on 5 November 2009
The idea of this Pen and Sword series is clearly to give general readers a good understanding of the battle or campaign backed up with a wide variety of contemporary photographs and in this Stalingrad - Victory on the Volga succceeeds admirably. The text is informative and detailed veering away from the oft-repeated 'laundry list' of division x did this and that unto division z sufficiently to give some interesting info' about the units and individuals concerned in this hellish maelstrom. Enjoyable and worth every penny but a simple map might have been useful.
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on 18 April 2016
Loads of great pics broken up into chapters, each with a brief narrative on the build up, the strategies, the various attacks and counter attacks during the battle. But it is the (rare) photographs that are most revealing - a few are clearly posed/staged (and the author makes reference to that fact) but they still give reader a great insight into the conditions, the men and the equipment used during this major and crucially important battle.
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on 10 January 2013
This excellent book describes in detail,both in pictures and text, the most deadly battle of World War 2(August 42-February 43)which caused casualties in the region of 2 m1llion and hinged on Stalingrad.
Through 9 chapters the author outlines the path of battle that ended in stalemate which was eventuslly broken by the Soviet army with the assistanco of winter and the failure of the German supply lines.
The pictures are good for the time and place and well illustrate the horrors of war.
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on 8 January 2014
There are plenty of books about the battle of Stalingrad, most well known is Antony Beevor's. This entry in the Images of War series is a little different as it is light on text but heavy on pictures and as such it makes an excellent companion to any of the weightier books on the subject - a picture being worth a thousand words and all that. The text here is still informative though but the photos are where the book shines - terrific images showing the course of the battle from confident German advance in the summer to snow-bound catastrophe in the winter. The author has been assiduous in ferreting out many previously unseen images (at least by me) from both German and Russian archives which really put the reader in the middle of history's biggest bloodbath and one of the key events of WW2.
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