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Last Citadel: A Novel of the Battle of Kursk Mass Market Paperback – April 27, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
War of the Rats. As with Rats, the chapters switch back and
forth between Russian protagonists (a T-34 tank driver, his
sons who commands the tank, his daughter who is a pilot) and
two Germans (an intelligence officer and a tank captain--who
is actually a Spaniard). As with Rats, or Len Deighton's
Bomber, there is a good amount of technical detail--particularly
regarding the T-34 and Tiger tanks--design strengths and flaws,
what it's like to be in one, and this adds a lot to the novel.
Too many war novels like to employ the device of having an evil
antagonist--someone who relishes torturing prisoners, etc, and
who gets his comeuppance in the end. Neither Rats nor this
novel use this device, thank goodness. Engrossing and well-
All this unfolds in the largest tank battle ever culminating with the American invasion of Sicily on July 11, 1943.
You don't have to be a WWII buff to be thoroughly mesmerized by this book, but as in reading an Alan Furst novel, it helps. Professor Robbins deftly paints an accurate view of Hitler's last stand in Russia after the savage defeat of the Germans at Stalingrad, rolling the dice before the Americans enter the war in Europe, thereby turning his near impossible two front war into the resulting three front war.
Yet Robbins does this with beautiful writing. At one point he describes a train station where a passenger train lays in wait while tracks are replaced from a bombing 12 hours earlier: "It had no roof left, just scored beams, and it's sills were marred with brows of soot." Later Katya, about whom one of the stories revolves, awakens before her night mission as some other aircraft take off. "Once they took off [she] listened to the silence return . . . serrated only by crickets and a mechanic hammering at something stubborn."
While telling his stories the description of the battle takes on a more vivid meaning as the reader has humans to appreciate as Churchill wrote, 'their blood, sweat and tears.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautifully written, complex book about a tank battle (Kursk) in WWII. Aside from the depiction of an epic confrontation pitting Hitler's best against the indomitable... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Beholden
A very entertaining and informative read with lots of historical facts but a very good story line intertwined.Published 4 months ago by Wild Bill
Great fictional story that takes place in and around Kurk leading up to and during Operation Zitadelle (Citadel).Published 6 months ago by S. H. Moore
Good story well narrated. Little known battle that was a clear turning point in WW2. Well thought out plot very successfully inserted into a realistic story of the very ugly... Read morePublished 6 months ago by jdp
Interesting story even though you knew what the outcome of the battle. Snipers are a different type of soldier.Published 8 months ago by Peter D
A great story about a battle that most Americans don't know about. The only slight down side was that it was very wordy, otherwise a good read.Published 9 months ago by Donald Stanley