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Army Group South: The Wehrmacht in Russia 1941-1945 (Schiffer Military History) Hardcover – January 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Schiffer Military History
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; First edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764303856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764303852
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,795,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Fedorov Maxim on March 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Appalling translation of the otherwise good book. The translation is so awful that the book is nearly unreadable. I don't know why Schiffer employs translators who can barely write in proper English, let alone translate from the German. Don't waste your money.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Lots of what I assume are translational screw-ups. Though it is possible, I can't imagine the author, who was a German Army officer on the East Front, would make the mistakes I saw, such as referring to the "Wiking" SS motorized division as a Panzer division in 1941 or the German "Light" divisions as "rifle" divisions (a designation the Soviets used for their infantry formations)!
Some of the "finer" translational mistakes were: 1) reference to a "Organization for the Dead" which was a semi-literal translation of "Organisation Todt", named, in fact, for a German Minister, Fritz Todt (who is now dead, but wasn't then....(-; )
2) reference to a German recon aircraft, the Feisler Storch as the "nasty stork". Feisler was the manufacturer of the aircraft and though the company may have been nasty, I doubt they'd like to see their creation dubbed the "nasty stork".......
On the, uh, positive side, the various personal accounts are nice, though I've read some in other sources (e.g.,Paul Carrell's "Hitler Moves East"). I haven't seen most of the pictures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave Schranck on October 8, 2009
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People will either love this book or hate it. Some will find it intriguing while others find it boring. The book is highly German-centric and some will like that and some won't. While its not the most comprehensive secondary source I've found of AGS, it does have tactical coverage not found in other books and when you add the info in those other books (Erickson, Glantz, Hinze as well as Mr Haupt's companion books and others) to this book, you can have a fairly comprehensive understanding of the war from the German perspective.
While the identification of German divisions, etc is very good, the author doesn't cover the Russian side as thoroughly. There are times when the author does name the Russian units involved but other times he will be satisfied by saying " The Russians attacked..." or " The Red Army attacked...". Five stars is too high because of this slip but the tactical coverage other wise is good. The author describes battles at towns and other locations that I've never read elsewhere. His coverage of the last quarter of 1943, after Kursk and Kharkov campaigns, when Konev drove to the Dniepr River in the Kiev sector was especially welcomed.

There is a small introduction and then the author zooms into Operation Barbarossa by describing the Axis deployment as well as the Soviet positions. The book closes in August of 1944 where the Germans have been pushed back almost to their start point of three years earlier. The 2nd UF is pushing the Axis forces into the Carpathian Mountains. The 1st UF has pushed the front line back to the Tarnopol-Brody-Kovel line.

The AGS had a smaller force than AGC but the oppostion was just as tough if not tougher yet the Germans had an impressive string of victorys those first months.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DrBig on February 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you can't read German, then this series of books is the closest you can come to the vast world of German Divisional literature published in the past 60+ years. While I'm sure there are better translators out there, the book is readable & to criticize is a bit unfair. I wish more books like this would come out, dedicated to specific battles, rather than a whole Army Group.
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