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Fighting in Hell: The German Ordeal on the Eastern Front
On 22 June 1941, the German army invaded the Soviet Union, one hundred fifty divisions advancing on three axes in a surprise attack that overwhelmed and destroyed whatever opposition the Russians were able to muster. The German High Command was under the impression that the Red Army could be destroyed west of the Dnepr River and that there would be no need for conducting o ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 26th 1997 by Ballantine Books
(first published November 1995)
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"Fighting in Hell"" is a good book -- as long as you're not expecting the book to match what's on the front and back cover. While the book's outside promises first-hand stories that ""are not for the squeamish,"" the actual contents are a lot milder. The book is actually a collection of four studies by members of the German general staff concerning the conditions of fighting in Russia during WW2. These studies were written in the late '40s and early '50s, and printed by the U.S. military. Overal ...more
Don't let the dramatic cover and title fool you. It is based on assessments of the Soviet military from German Generals, post war. It was intended for American/NATO analysis, and while interesting as source material, for armchair generals it does not cover any new ground and is quite dry, A lot of the savagery, ingenuity and power of the Soviet military is described but lacks any visceral weight. It's a report, edited for a book.
Absolute trash. The bias in this book was so strong it was impossible to take anything seriously, and impossible to apply it to my paper. The way the Soviets are presented in this book, you'd think they were savage, unbeatable super soldiers. Entirely not the case, entirely former German generals embarrassed by the defeat.