Having read this book when it was first released in hardback I am happy to see it has been re-released in paperback. This is one of the best books I hHaving read this book when it was first released in hardback I am happy to see it has been re-released in paperback. This is one of the best books I have read to date that covers warfare on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. The chapters cover a broad spectrum of subjects, all of which involved the German soldier in Russia. From the different style of warfare and fighting to the horrific and barbaric conditions encountered by German soldiers. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on the highest scoring Sturmgeschutz commander and the German Army's greatest tank ace. If you are looking for just one book to describe the fighting I could not think of any better. The story flows along faultlessly even though each chapter covers a different aspect of the war and fighting. From war in the trenches to a bicycle mounted anti-tank unit fighting against the oncoming Russian hordes. This is great and enjoyable history and I am sure that you will find something in this book you did not know before. Recommend to all students of military history. ...more
This book offers the reader a decent and non-bias account of Russia's wartime effort during the Second World War. Although not as detailed as John Eri
This book offers the reader a decent and non-bias account of Russia's wartime effort during the Second World War. Although not as detailed as John Erickson's two volume account of the Soviet military effort its a lot more easier to understand and follow. Also you aren't left with the impression that the book was full of Russian propaganda. It tells the story as it really was, showing both the good and the bad side of the Russian leadership and its role in trying to stem the German onslaught into Mother Russia. I think that we tend to forget the effort and loss of life that Russia bore during WW2 although the author does not dismiss the West's aid to Russia during the War. The book offers a nice balance between two the camps (East & West).It was a nice compliment to the TV series which is currently showing in Australia. Well worth the time to sit down and read. ...more
This book offers an interesting account of the Battle of Gettysburg as seen through the eyes of participants, both North & South, and civilian wit
This book offers an interesting account of the Battle of Gettysburg as seen through the eyes of participants, both North & South, and civilian witnesses like towns folk and such. Not a detailed account of the battle but certianly a very easy to read and enjoyable (if you can say such about a terrible battle) story about this period of history. The use of first person accounts/recollections fits in with the historical narrative of the author which makes this book a pleasure to read. ...more
This new and revised edition of Battle at Bull Run: A History of the First Major Campaign of the Civil War (first published in 1977) offers the reader
This new and revised edition of Battle at Bull Run: A History of the First Major Campaign of the Civil War (first published in 1977) offers the reader a splendid narrative of the first major battle of the American Civil War. On the 21st of July 1861, 60,000 American soldiers from the North and South met along the banks of Bull Run. In the fighting that followed the Union forces lost 2,900 out of the 20,000 men engaged while the Confederates lost 2,000 out of about 17,000 engaged.
The first half of the book describes the Union and Confederate forces as they muster their men into the first armies of the Civil War. It continues with an outline of the events' leading up to the battle and gives you a feeling for, and an understanding of, the main characters involved. Future heroes and leaders of the Civil War come to the fore, such men as `Stonewall' Jackson, Jeb Stuart, A.P. Hill, Jubal Early and Joseph E. Johnston for the Confederacy and men like William T. Sherman, Ambrose Burnside and Irvin McDowell for the Union.
The final chapters describe the fighting from Blackburn's Ford to the final rout of the Union Forces on the evening of the 21st. The author's description of the intense fighting is gripping and written in such a fluent style that it holds you to the narrative. Although the casualties for this engagement were not significant when compared to those bloody battles that followed you still feel for the individual soldiers who were caught up in this terrible War.
This book is an enjoyable and easy to read story and is well presented by a number of photographs taken at the time of the battle or shortly after. The author has included 8 small, but easy to read maps that help you follow the outline of events during the battle. This book is recommended to any body who has a love for this period of history or to the general reader who likes a good story. ...more