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Final Days of the Reich (Images of War) Paperback – February 2, 2012
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About the Author
Ian Baxter has produced a fine selection of highly illustrated books in the Images of War Series mainly covering Axis Forces in WW2. He is a dedicated collector of rare images and an expert in his field. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.
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Top customer reviews
Given the title you would think the Battle of Berlin would be dominate. However, it gets hardly any photographs and the scantest of analysis. I recommend Beevor or Ryan's excellent books on the fall of Berlin. I am shocked that this series was even published.
First thing that I need of my heart is that – especially – with books that are compiled mostly with images that it should be on glossy paper or paper that let the details of photograph come out right or can be scanned to zoom in for research purposes and sadly that is was this book misses. It may or may not be a problem to people who just want to use the book to get a look into this period of war however when you are willing to use it for research (either uniform wise, material, identification..) the photographs come in medium quality especially for a dedicated image book.
Although almost all photographs enjoy a caption, it misses some more in depth information. Most of the time no location is given or when the photograph might be taken. Another example: on page 137 you’ll notice a Feldwebel being decorated with the Ritterkreuz (Knight’s Cross), which was the highest valor award a German soldier could earn, by a General however no names are given. The caption just notes “a foreign General decorates one of his men for bravery in the field during the Battle for the Baltic States (…)“. It would have be nice to learn more about the soldier, why he was awarded the Knight’s Cross or who this ‘foreign’ General is. He might have been a more thorough in his captions. As on page 18, where you’ll see personnel of the Luftwaffe in the photograph whilst the caption reads “Wehrmacht troops“, so he could have been more specific.
Also noted are a few spellings errors such as on page 8, where you’ll read “Allegemeine-SS” instead of “Allgemeine-SS” or on page 33 where you’ll read “Hitlerjungend” instead of “Hitlerjugend“. There are a few weaponry identification errors such as on page 113, where the AA-gun is identified as a “3.7 cm Flak 18” whilst it is actually a “3.7 cm Flak 43“.
Although overall this book is great for people that are looking for a photographic book where they can see late-war photographs of the German army. There are a few great photographs in there, that I haven’t seen myself (which is getting rare!). The captions are also easy readable and great for learning for those that do not know much about German equipment, armored vehicles and weaponry. However for researchers – such as me – the quality of the photographs could have been better or the caption could’ve been more in depth (identification of high ranking personnel, area or time it was taken, …).