A different view of Stalingrad. You get insight further into the German mindset. However, it was at times very much a defense of those people there being mislead by Hitler and Von Manstein. Still worth reading.
This book is written in a style that seems to underline the extensive vocabulary of the author. If you are looking for an easy read to get some good, solid information on the Battle of Stalingrad then you might be better off looking elsewhere for it. This book, at times, makes for an intensely laboured read, consisting of lengthy, multi-layered sentences, some of which are 6 lines or more long. However, I am a relatively inexperienced reader which might offer at least some explanation for my hard time with this paperback.
If you are after good military information then, again, this book might not be the best. Any talk of fighting is on a very high, tactical level, seldom mentioning any individual's stories. The author seems keen to focus his attentions on the disastrously poor conditions and hardships the soldiers had to endure, which if course played a huge part in this conflict.
To summarise, read this if you are an accomplished reader wanting an insight into the terrible cold, lack of food and other difficulties from the point-of-view of the German soldier on the ground. If you want an entertaining read that doesn't seem like hard work, buy a different book.
I would highly recommend this book. Of 300,000 German soldiers trapped in the Stalingrad pocket only 91,000 were alive when they were finally overun by the Russians. Of these only 5000 made in back to Germany years after the war ended. The author was one of those survivors, who at the time was a junior officer. If you are aware of this particular battle, this book has plenty of fresh material to make it worth getting. If you have never heard of Stalingrad this is as good an introduction as any other. The fact that it was written by someone who was there makes it a powerful read.