Top positive review
Very detailed account of a campaign neglected in the west
on 8 June 2015
This book is probably the definitive account of the last few months of the Second World War on the northern sector of the eastern front. Following the Russian advance towards, through and beyond Prussia, it gives an almost day to day account of the conflict. It was the point at which the Russians finally threw the Germans off Russian soil, and started to push into German territory. The military campaigns are well explained, and backed up by many first hand accounts. The impact on the civilian population is also explored - in some graphic detail - showing how the Russians treated the German populations they encountered. It's not a happy story, but it's context is explored, and whilst there is no excuse for the brutality which was widespread, the reasons for it are outlined and discussed.
The book is clearly written, has an abundance of maps - which are a little small on the kindle - and a few photos. For the general reader, it may be a little too detailed; I had some difficulty following all the units and commanders mentioned and tracked, but the author handles all this information well, without it becoming boring. He includes many first hand accounts form both sides, both soldiers and civilians.
For those interested in military history, there are many books on the western front to choose from; books on the eastern front - especially at the end of the war - are rarer in English. This one is definitely worth reading.