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on 18 July 2008
It doesn't get more authentic than oral history, events told by those who participated.
However, it requires proper veterans or documents to be taken into account and this is what Nastable fails to achieve.
Instead, he takes quotes from Soviet sources which never served anything other than communist propaganda purposes. Not only are these sources then (mis)taken for a fact, but he refers to them heavily when painting his black and white picture of Stalingrad. Sentences such as "it was a rare German officer who would show mercy to a Russian" show that Bastable not only has an amateurish knowledge and completely biased view on the war in Russia - it makes the reader wonder if he has ever spoken to a war veteran, German or Russian, in person. It all becomes too much when the author even justifies Ilya Ehrenburg's horrible propaganda aimed at Red Army soldiers to kill and murder anything German (this, of course, includes women and children). It's a known fact that the Soviet army had never respected the Geneva Convention or the Red Cross, in fact from day one they had been already killing prisoners and wounded at large. It is also known that Hitler had issued the murderous order regarding the treatment of commissars. But does the latter really justify the aforementioned atrocities which cost millions their lives?
With the author not only relying on unreliable sources but also missing any objectivity even when it comes to murder, this book is a waste of time and money.