- Hardcover: 326 pages
- Publisher: Fedorowicz (J.J.),Canada; 1st edition (May 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0921991665
- ISBN-13: 978-0921991663
- Package Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,569,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The maps are untranslated from the German, and some are even hand-drawn, looking like sketch maps out of a field message pad. If you don't know what the map symbols mean, they won't be of much help (there is no index for them, and German symbols were much different than the standard NATO map symbols most publishers use today), and if you dont know that 2 A.K. is 2 Armee Korps (2nd Army Corps) or 315 J.D. is 315th Infanterie Division (315th Infantry Division), the maps will puzzle as much as guide.
The book does seem to be organized logically and chronologically, and separates the battles into the six time frames. There is a brief glossary showing how some of the place names have changed over time, a timeline (of Wehrmacht reports, I suspect grains of salt may be in order for some of it) and the number of maps and photos is satisfying, though many of the photos are studio shots of commanders and award recipients.
What is notably absent are footnotes, references, or much of anything to do with the Soviet side. The level of research done is hard to ascertain.
However - most histories (especially those dealing with the Soviet side) - look at the Courland/Kurland fighting as a sideshow and do not deal with this significant topic in any detail, making Kurowski's book one of the most significant treatments in English to date. Until something better comes along, this is what we have.