An Artilleryman in Stalingrad
Contributor: Dan K.
Review Date: 18 Apr 2008
I picked this book up right from the publisher with the pre-order. I received an autographed book. As I had known this book was in the works I greatly anticipated its arrival and was not disappointed.
This book covers the authour's battlefield "tour" in Russia and ultimate fate in Stalingrad. It would of been nice to of read a bit more of his experiences in Poland and France, too, as it is his memoir.
There are 7 chapters in 253 pages covering his advance to Stalingrad and then ultimately the battle for the city itself. There are no chapters covering his training, etc. This book is just as the title states.
I enjoyed the frank honestly about the petty differences between the officers and some of the men as well as what happened to most of the them during the war.
The battle descriptions are, once again, great. They are well written so that you can feel yourself facing off against the Soviet forces and what was going through the authour's mind. I really enjoyed the part about the author trying to get back into the encirclement even though EVERYONE told him not to.
The photographs are from the author's private collection or collections of people who worked with him. I have never seen any of them. There are also a few eyewitness accounts, from other soldiers in his unit, at the end of the book that add to what the author has written.
As stated, I would of liked to of read more on his experiences in Western Europe as well as his time as a POW, but this in no way detracts from his story in Stalingrad. Well worth the money and highly recommended.
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