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Useful military history but limited if you want a more human perspective
on 4 June 2014
A detailed account of the campaign to capture Konigsberg. Starts with a brief history of Konigsberg, and the forces and leaders involved, then provides a detailed account of the battles, units involved, brief summaries of the unit leaders in some cases. The book covers the campaign in two stages - the battles to close up to and encircle Konigsberg and the surrounding area and then the capture of Konigsberg itself.
The details of the first stage are let down by a lack of detailed maps, there are a few maps, but they are not detailed enough to track the movement of the forces involved particulalrly well. The maps provided to accompany the capture of Konigsberg itself are better and show this on a day by day basis.
Considering the forces involved in the campaign and all the division level references, it might have been useful to have an appendix with an order of battle, though flicking to that on the Kindle would probably be a bit of a pain. Referring to the maps and the text on the kindle version was bad enough and at some points I had the maps open on an iPad while reading the text on the kindle so I could follow the action better.
There are some brief first person accounts provided, almost all from a German perspective, and mainly about the battle for Konigsberg rather than the earlier battles.
The book provides a detailed account of the military forces and their actions and though a bit of a dry read, it is very useful in this regard, however if you are looking for a more human perspective, this probably isn't the book to get.