War on the Eastern Front (Kindle)
The German Soldier in Russia 1941–1945
Dawn on Sunday 22 June 1941 saw the opening onslaughts of Operation Barbarossa as German forces stormed forward into the Soviet Union. Few of them were to survive the five long years of bitter struggle.
A posting to the Eastern Front during the Second World War was rightly regarded with dread by the German soldiers. They were faced by the unremitting hostility of the climate, the people and even, at times, their own leadership. They saw epic battles such as Stalingrad and Kursk, and yet it was a daily war of attrition which ultimately proved fatal for Hitler's ambition and the German military machine.
In this classic account leading military historian James Lucas examines different aspects of the fighting, from war in the trenches to a bicycle-mounted anti-tank unit fighting against the oncoming Russian hordes. Told through the experiences of the German soldiers who endured these nightmarish years of warfare, War on the Eastern Front is a unique record of this cataclysmic campaign.
Fantastic!Freelance - Neil Barlow
A very enjoyable book and I have many gleaned much new information from it over the course of its 214 pages.
The book isn’t chronologically arranged by dates, but is instead divided into chapters which cover topics relevant to the campaign in Russia such as the terrain and climate, Partisan warfare and the effectiveness of the assault gun batteries.
The writer is able to describe his subject in enough detail so as to make the book comprehensive, but without labouring the point meaning the text flows nicely keeping it interesting for the reader. Also included in the text are many excerpts of veteran testimony which really help set the scene (the stopping of a Russian assault using Nebelwerfer batteries is very illuminating and paints a vivid picture of the deployment and effectiveness new shock weapon).
If you need an easily accessible but informative book on the the war in the East which is backed up with information and testimony from both sides of the conflict, then this is the one for you.
The German panzer armies that swept into the Soviet Union in 1941 were an undefeated force that had honed their skill in combined arms warfare to a fine edge. The Germans focused their panzers and tactical air support at points on the battlefield defined as Schwerpunkt - main effort - to smash through any defensive line and then advance to envelope their adversaries. Initially, these methods worked well in the early days of Operation Barbarossa and the tank forces of the Red Army suffered defeat after defeat. Although badly mauled in the opening battles, the Red Army's tank forces did not succumb…By Robert Forczyk
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