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The History of the Panzerkorps Grossdeutschland, Vol. 3 (v. 3) Hardcover – June, 2000
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There are some areas where the 3-volume history excels. The biggest is probably the depth of the coverage. With 3 books written on the GD units, each being about 500 pages long, the reader will not get a more detailed coverage of the trails that each GD formation forged. Another strong element is the variety of first-hand accounts provided. They are as good of a selection as one would expect from a book of its type. Finally, the author for the most part is an excellent third-person writer, with little in the way of implicit prejudice (e.g. not criticizing Hitler, demonizing the Russians).
Things I'm not so happy about? Probably the biggest lack is appendixes. I love appendixes, and a bunch of them at the back of a book like this is most welcome. But there are none to be found here. No photos either (but I can tolerate that, there are plenty of photographic resources on the GD formations). Maps are of mixed quality, but for those with a passing knowledge of military German this can be overcome.
For the most part the series is an excellent reference for those who are researching this unit for either study or general interest.
Volume 3 is of similar quality to the previous two books. However I honestly didn't like it as much as the first two for a couple of reasons. First off is that, partially due to the need to cover so many different GD units by this stage, I find the same kind of tactical detail sometimes amiss. And the other is that because of the time frame of the book (start of 1945 onwards), reading constant accounts of often very ugly retreats gets a bit depressing. But since this is the last year of the war, both factors are I suppose outside the author's control. In the end I don't regret the purchase.