* Includes never-before-published material from rare German and Russian KGB sources
* Authored by the critically acclaimed author of Voices from D-Day
* Features rare photographs from both sides of the front
No previous work about Stalingrad places such emphasis on the experience of ordinary fighters and civilians. This volume of human history and military strategy includes fresh translations from original sources describing this pivotal event of World War II as told by the German and Soviet soldiers who fought the battle, Russian civilians who watched the enemy at the gates as well as Western diplomat and newspaper correspondent onlookers.
About the Author
Jonathan Bastable, a renowned writer and journalist, studied Russian and German at Nottingham University and was a Sunday Times correspondent. Having lived in Moscow, Jonathan now resides in Brighton, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is one of several new books on the Eastern Front of WWII prompted by the availability of new Russian sources. The author focuses on the ¿grunt¿ level of the battle with only a nod to the operational levels. If you are unfamiliar with the battle, this isn¿t a good place to start, there are several excellent books that serve for that. The book, arranged chronologically, is mostly a series of vignettes that depict the day to day struggle of individual soldiers. Most of these stories show a life even more brutal and full of deprivation that we might have expected. We know it got cold, we know the German army, despite it¿s experiences of the winter of 1941, was not prepared for a long struggle. Also, Stalingrad is billed as a huge, epic struggle with 100s of thousands of soldiers on both sides taking part. While that¿s all true, the actual battle was 1000s of small fights involving no more than a handful of terrified but resolved soldiers shooting it out in the ruins, skulking through the sewers, swimming the Volga, etc.The book includes dozens of photos, mostly new (to Western readers at least). And, one of my harping points for military history books, a sufficiency of maps.Overall, I would give this about a 3.5 out of 5. It¿s got new material and it¿s competently written without too many egregious errors, but it¿s not that compelling and I found I had to struggle to finish it.