Total War: From Stalingrad to Berlin Kindle Edition
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This in particular explains why, when I emigrated from the USSR back in the 1970's , I started refreshing my school English not by reading English classics in originals, but by reading Western authors' accounts of and insights into the events of the War. I used to read them sometimes smiling and at other times frowning. Now, having lived in the West for over thirty years, I have found an author whose narrations are adequate to the events we lived through. From all standpoints. This is Michael Jones. Every his new book shakes me as a distress. No smiles, no frowns. Tears.
I myself might have been an episode of Jones' book. Once, in October of 1941, I became a single target for a German plane in kilometers of empty fields around me. I still wonder how I survived on that occasion under the strafing plane a few meters straight over my head. The pilot missed me when it was impossible to miss. There is something to contemplate about this situation. However, with all my personal impressions and suffering due to the War, I would not be able to tell about it with such remarkable brevity and expressiveness as Michael Jones did. No one of us, insiders, could have written such a book.Read more ›
If you haven't read it, you need to read this book first. It's a definite 5 star book. I don't need to review it as there are already enough reviews.
I was initially tempted to give this book 4 stars; very good, but really needed to be longer as 350 pages to cover almost two and a half years of war I thought was inadequate. It really needed to be 700 or even 1,000 pages long. I was wrong.
When the author began the account of the battle for Stalingrad, I immediately read Antony Beevor masterly account in 'Stalingrad', before returning to 'Total War'.
Michael Jones came into his own only when he discusses the liberation of the Ukraine, and the German 'typhus camps'. I read this account with almost disbelief. The Germans herded Ukranian civilians into wire enclosures without shelter and deliberately infected them with typhus in the hope that the Red Army troops would also be infected as they took over the camps.
Actually, I can well believe it. Something similar happened in Italy, as discussed in Richard Evan's book 'the Third Reich at War'. Two medical specialists in malaria, Martini and Rodenwaldt, directed the Wehrmacht to reflood the reclaimed Pontine marshes and to reintroduce sea water to allow anopheles labranchiae, a malarial vector, to breed there. And then destroyed or removed the pumps and tidal gates. And it a further act of bastardry, confiscated all the stocks of quinine in the area.Read more ›
I've read a lot of books about this theatre of war, but "Total War: From Stalingrad to Berlin" added new insigt into this terrible part of human history.
understand either Russia, the former Soviet state or Eastern Europe without understanding the titanic struggle that consumed
two nations led by monsters.
I have read extensively about Barbarossa, Leningrad, Kiev, Moscow, and most extensively on Stalingrad and Kursk, but picked this up to get from Kursk to Berlin.
Jones does not go into much detail about battles, positioning, supplies and logistics. He goes deeply into what I already knew about the atrocities the Wehrmacht imposed on both Russian civilians and prisoners of war - scorched earth, slave labor, export and extermination of Jews, starvation, rape, and the treatment of Slavs as sub-humans.
More, and in the gut as well as in the mind, Jones quite emphatically supports my father's statement - the destruction of the Wehrmacht and the Panzer armies was over long before Rome fell and the landings at Normandy happened.Read more ›
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I'm more of a fan of historians who try and figure out why events go a certain way. Why does one side or the other win a battle, and how? That sort of thing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by David W. Nicholas
I took the book to work and it got lost. I work mainly with males so somebody really likes it. I offered brownies as ransom but it never
got returned - that may be the best... Read more
A look from the eyes of a Soviet infantrymen into the hell created by the nazi regime. The feeling of hopelessness at the gates of Stalingrad, to the unbelievable gates of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Chris
I really liked this. Even if you have read all the Beevor's works on this, it is still worth it.Published 22 months ago by Seppälä Timo
Jones is detailed and compassionate in his exploration of what happened to the participants of this monumental struggle. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Dennyc
I gave this book 2 stars when compared to his other books, especially "The Retreat" (4 plus stars in my view). Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by John P Flannigan
I have read few books on the Russian effort during WWII. This one is ok. You know those books where someone does a lot of research and then makes content from strining together... Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Packrat