- Hardcover: 417 pages
- Publisher: Rzm Imports Inc; First edition (June 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965758435
- ISBN-13: 978-0965758437
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 9.2 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,147,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hell's Gate: The Battle of the Cherkassy Pocket, January-February 1944 Hardcover – June 1, 2002
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The Battle of Cherkassy (Korson) Pocket signified the destruction of the last German offensive capability in the East.
More importantly, it symbolizes two great operational struggles: The Russian will to destroy their invaders by attempting to create another Stalingrad catastrophe and the German resolve to survive and escape annihilation.
The Book describes the battle in three major levels: strategic, operation, and tactical. Each level includes the planning, coordination, and execution of their respective missions. The decisive characteristic of this work is the smooth intregration of all three of the levels and their respective components. Coupled with the operational and strategic awareness, Nash presents a myriad of personal accounts and stories at the tactical level that are uncommon for a book that covers an event of such size and magnitude. As a result, one will easily "feel" the desperation on the opposing forces. The result of Nash's diligent work: one will become immersed in the story rather than bored or confused from the complexity of the battlefield.
Finally, I want to address to the physical attributes of the book. The old saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover" should NOT apply here. The size, material, mere construction, and the cover pic leave an incredible, positive impression which is absolutely fullfilled by its content.
I became fascinated with the Battle of the Cherkassy (Korson) Pocket after reading about it in Paul Carrel's SCORTCHED EARTH; however, Carrel left me yearning for more detail about the battle - Douglas Nash successfully filled the void.
But still there was no comprehensive single source for text and/or pictures until the arrival of Nash's book. And Nash nails it from in-depth text to pictures that are connected to the events described. If for nothing else, grab this book for the pictures. There are some excellent shots of Walloons and I was particularly intrigued by a series of shots of SS-Sturmbannfuehrer Hans Dorr, who is one of the more interesting soldiers of the 5th SS Wiking Division. In short, the pictures and text are first rate and in my opinion are the definitive accounting of this battle.
Sure wish it had been around in 1981...what a Squad Leader game we would have had.