War on the Eastern Front: The German Soldier in Russia 1941-1945

War on the Eastern Front: The German Soldier in Russia 1941-1945 Book Cover War on the Eastern Front: The German Soldier in Russia 1941-1945
James Lucas
Military History
Frontline Books
2014
Kindle
224

This is not a bad book about the experience of German soldiers on the Eastern Front, although it also doesn't add much to the literature.  The book is grouped into loosely thematic chapters, covering topics such as the German impression of the Russian army, the influence of terrain and climate, winter warfare, assault gun units, rocket artillery, etc.  The chapters include many historical accounts of small-scale actions.

My main complaint about the book is that it--like most non-Russian books about the Eastern Front--tends to highlight those engagements where the Germans came out on top by a large margin...German tank platoons wiping out dozens, even hundreds, of Soviet tanks, etc.  While I'm sure this kind of thing happened, the massive German losses in Russia would seem to indicate that they didn't come out on top all the time, so it seems that more coverage of German losses would have been instructive.

Not Bad
  • RATING:
3.5