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Stalingrad the Vital 7 Days: The German's Last Desperate Attempt to Capture the City: October 1942 Hardcover – 1 Apr 2005

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Books (April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904687288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904687283
  • Product Dimensions: 28.9 x 22.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,792,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

(Location: Hampshire) has worked in journalism and publishing since 1972 specializing in military history. He was Army editor of the magazine Defence from 1983-90 and has written more than 15 books. He served with the 7th Armoured Brigade in the Gulf War. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By BAM on 16 Sept. 2012
Format: Hardcover
this book adds nothing new to anyone who's read a few of the really good Stalingrad books. This is just a re hash of some episodes from other books, and Fowler doesnt add a single new story or idea. This is a blatant cash-in, with an interesting title that promises insight but just summarises what Beevor, Ziemke, Glantz, Kershaw et al have already said, and said much better than Fowler.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Needs context 23 July 2005
By Jim McDowall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I devour Stalingrad books, and have them all, good and bad. This one is in the middle, its okay. For me its flaw is that it's very hard to place the events described within context because they deal with combat half-way through the battle itself but also before either the Soviet counter-offensive or the Luftwaffe air-lift start. It reads well, has good photos and is indeed quite interesting, but I do think that the book should only be read after the reader has studied the two essential Stalingrad classics: Antony Beevor's ''Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege'' and Joel Hayward's ''Stopped at Stalingrad.''
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I kind of expected this... 28 July 2005
By DrBig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When I first heard of the title several months ago, I had hoped that this would be a true in depth look at the late October city battles which no book to date has done. Then I saw who the author was, and my hopes died a quick death. The book has a great title, but doesn't live up to it's advertising. Same old rehash of the main staples of Craig, Erickson, & Ziemke. To be quite honest, I doubt if Mr. Fowler could even tell me what the vital 7 days were, and why. Photos are OK, but nothing you haven't seen before.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A competent Primer of a Key Battle 17 Mar. 2010
By Dave Schranck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book like Mr Fowler's other illustrated books in the WWII series is a good beginner's book that has a broad range of topics. The book begins with a brief summary of Operation Barbarossa and quickly moves to a more detailed discussion of Operation Blue. (the initial engagements of 6th Army etc before reaching the Don River bend) Starting in late August 1942 Paulus reaches the city limits of Stalingrad where the fighting escalates. The coverage is not comprehensive but it does cover the highlights of the battle: the see-saw battles for the rail station and Mamayev Kurgan, the grain elevator, the heroic stand of Rodimtsev and the 39th GRD on the banks of the Volga, and of course the battles for the factories. There is little coverage of Hube in the north or Hoth in the south. The fighting in the Caucasus is not covered.
Operation Uranus, the closing of the pocket and the surrender are also covered. Operation Little Saturn is mentioned but not gone into very deeply.

There are eleven color computer generated maps which had nice eye appeal and were helpful. The maps include the city fighting with troop dispositions of the three major offensives. In addition to the battle history, the author also provides many interesting side-bars. Key people include Paulus, Richthoffen, Zhukov, Chuikov, Vatutin and Yeremenko. Coverage also covers key weapons: rifles, machine guns, flamethrowers, rocket launchers, tank rifles, tanks, artillery, planes and uniforms. Other side-bars include women in the Russian Army, storm troopers, Hiwis, Death squads, weapon production, the Volga Flotilla and Total War Concept and much more.
There are many interesting photos to study and include fighting scenes, the ruins and the people still living there. A brief Order of Battle, a Bibliography of secondary sources and an Index round out the book.

As a primer, this overview provides a lot of information (more breadth than depth) for the new student or casual reader. It would make a good foundation from which to build on if the pivotal battle interests you. It was not intended to complete with books by Glantz, Beevor, Jones, Hayward, Walsh or Tarrant and as such was rated on a different scale, less stringent.
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid anything from this " author!" 7 Dec. 2005
By B. Grant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Will Fowler is a one man wreaking crew pertaining to the Eastern Front. How his ineptness is published is beyond me.

Can you, in your wildest imagination see him being published, by say, Knopf, Penguin, or RZM? Of course you can't!

Where does he come from?
4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Junk, Pt. 2 13 Sept. 2007
By B. Grant - Published on Amazon.com
This book was reviewed not long after it's release, by about a dozen Amazon readers, who mostly panned it.
I wonder why they, Amazon, saw fit to censure the original reviews...
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