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August 27, 2015 at 6:10 pm #20301AnonymousInactive
Who wants to review this book for us?
I’ll pay for it at amazon and have them send it to you.
It caught my eye because according to some sources a mixed bag of 8000 german troops including many Volksturm, foreign volunteers and even some civil servants held off a full-strenght Soviet Guards Rifle Division for significant amount of time and inflicted greater losses on those veterans than they themselves suffered.
This was in February-April 1945.
I would read it myself but I am afraid I find myself a bit short of time these days as I am (re)-learning Russian.
I want to start and make this book review a regular thing.
It will likely focus on the 2nd half of WW2 in the East.
Why? Because the East was host to by far the biggest campaigns and it should be the second half, because if we pick the beginning of WW2 in the East the Germans were too superior.
I believe it to be a huge battle Laboratory from which we can gain insights.
And IMO the many bitter defensive battles of Infantry against armor and artillery heavy forces are of interest to any student of Infantry.
In the West Allied Air supremacy introduces a parameter we cannot control for and this less of an issue in the East (at least until late 44 into 1945).
So who wants to read this book (at my expense!) and give us a thorough review with an eye towards lessons learned?August 27, 2015 at 6:48 pm #20304whitebear620Participant
I’ll read it, almost done with my current book. But I really would rather pay for it myself as I don’t feel I have the experience to provide as much of a review as you are looking for. But I would probably order it next paycheck in two weeks.August 27, 2015 at 7:58 pm #20305MaxKeymaster
I will read it and report if you still need someone.August 27, 2015 at 8:12 pm #20307gatlinggunParticipant
I’m not sure I’m a qualified “book reviewer” but I’ll do it. As a former German WW2 re-enactor (I owned a legal MP40 and MG34) this is my main area of historical interest. The eastern front was a meat-grinder such as the world has not seen since.
I have a fairly large library on this subject. A couple of the most intriguing books I have were published by the US Army Historical Branch in the early 1950s. The material for these books were gleaned from interviews of captured German soldiers (mostly Officers) and detailed their experiences fighting the Russians. The books I have are:
Small Unit Actions in the German Campaign in Russia
German Defense Tactics Against Russian Breakthroughs
Effects of Climate on Combat in European Russia
There were other books in the series but the above are the only three I’ve been able to find.
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CTT 08/15August 27, 2015 at 11:11 pm #20327AndrewParticipant
Need another volunteer? My mom was there as a refugee from what used to be Prussia and her younger brother got conscripted into the Volkstrum and had grenade fragments in him the rest of his life.August 27, 2015 at 11:24 pm #20328AnonymousInactive
Wow I didnt expect such a great response!
Now I dont know who should do it. first come first serve or those with a lot of expertise or those with a personal connection??August 27, 2015 at 11:28 pm #20329wheelseeParticipant
Why not all?? Get different perspectives….everyone learns..
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William, in The RepublicAugust 28, 2015 at 8:27 am #20333DiznNCParticipant
Sounds like a good read anyways. Will add it to the list.
CTT 1505, NODF 1505, CP 1503, LN 1, RC II, RiflemanAugust 28, 2015 at 6:37 pm #20352AnonymousInactive
OK In thought it over:
Whitebead and SFC can review for us.
Whitebear wants to pay for it ;) and SFC had his hat in the ring first for the free book.
Gatling, Andrew. Wheels:
Once we get this review done I’ll throw up another book to review.
The goal of these reviews is to get a) lessons learned and b) once PPL read the review by a MVTforum member they can then decide if they want to buy it for themselves.
Don’t worry you’ll get a good chance at another one this way we spread around the professional development.
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