This is a good book from a new author; Prit Buttar, a former army surgeon, he explores the details of the German collapse along the Baltic coast in the last 4 months of the War. Largely unknowen to readers in Britain these battles involved fighting on a massive scale; the German casualties were probably greater than those sustained by the British and Commonwealth forces in the whole of the War; include a sea evacuation much larger than Dunkirk and you begin to understand the immensity of the battle.
Prit Buttar has approached his subject well; taking researched military details and combining them with the testimonials of eye witness accounts he wealds together a coherent record of the fighting and tells a story at the same time.
Interesting anecdotes crop up like Montgomery's insistance that the weapons of captured Germans be stacked close by in case he needed to mobilize the POW's against the Red Army; also Montgomery's concession to the surrendering German generals to continue to allow the ongoing naval evacuation from the East.
I particularly enjoyed the final chapter in which he describes the fate of all the main characters in his book.
My only criticism is that the book becomes a little disloged and longwinded in places ; this is because of the need to fit eye witness accounts into the larger military picture.
In many ways the stile resembles Christopher Duffy; and in this respect I look forwards to his next book.
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