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Enemy at the Gates by William Craig
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Mar 02, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: history, history-modern, russia-eastern-europe, wwii
Read from March 01 to 02, 2016

It looks as though I've read this before, though it must've been many years ago, as I don't recall it.

A solid combination of first person accounts and analysis of political, strategic, and tactical developments. My take is that he's a bit too sympathetic to the Germans - which is perhaps understandable given that he wrote this in the 70s and so most of his interview subjects were German. Still, no real mention of German mistreatment of Soviet prisoners, or of the Whermacht's participation, both passive and active, in the murder of millions. At least some of the men in this book were involved in or aware of these events. Again, history on this point has developed over time, so perhaps we shouldn't hold that against Craig.

Also, he reports the Zaitsev-Konig duel as gospel. I'm supremely skeptical that this happened.

All in all, a thorough (and thoroughly depressing), very readable account of one of the most bloody, destructive battles in world history.
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