Category: Perspective

Hell’s Gate: The Battle of the Cherkassy Pocket, January-February 1944

Title: Hell's Gate: The Battle of the Cherkassy Pocket, January-February 1944 Author: Douglas E. Nash Genre: Military History Publisher: Rzm Imports Inc Release Date: 2002 Format: Hardcover Pages: 417 Excellent book, with loads of anecdotes and personal accounts, at least for the German side. The book would have been even better if the author could

Memoirs of a Polish Lancer: The Pamietniki of Dezydery Chlapowski

Title: MEMOIRS OF A POLISH LANCER: The Pamietniki of Dezydery Chlapowski Series: Ancient Empires Series Author: Tim Simmons (translator) Genre: Memoir Publisher: Emperor's Press Release Date: 2002 Format: Hardcover Pages: 158 This is an excellent book, although rather brief (153pp). The book is interesting in that: 1) More than most Napoleonic memoirs, the author describes

Stalingrad: The Defeat of the German 6th Army

Title: Stalingrad: The Defeat of the German 6th Army Author: Paul Carell Genre: Military History Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. Release Date: 1993 Format: Hardcover Pages: 432 This is a short book--about 200 pp of text, maybe 100 pp of pictures at the end. The text, like all of Carell's books is interesting because it chiefly

Tank Rider: Into the Reich with the Red Army

Title: Tank Rider: Into the Reich with the Red Army Author: Evgeni Bessonov Genre: Military History Publisher: Greenhill Books Release Date: 2006 Format: Hardcover Pages: 256 I just finished this book and found it to be one of the most interesting WWII memoirs that I've read. Here's what I liked about it: 1) This is

The Iron Marshall: A Biography of Louis N. Davout

Title: The Iron Marshall: A Biography of Louis N. Davout Author: Professor John G. Gallaher B.A. M.A. Ph.D. Genre: Military History Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press Release Date: 1976 Format: Hardcover Pages: 432 This is a well-written history and deserves a five-star rating. While the author clearly admires Davout, he contributes clear and objective discussion

The History of the Panzerkorps Grossdeutschland, Vol. 2

Title: The History of the Panzerkorps Grossdeutschland, Vol. 2 Author: Helmuth Spaeter Genre: Military History Publisher: J. J. Fedorowicz Release Date: 1995 Format: Hardcover Pages: 560 As described below, parts of this book are excellent, others are mediocre at best. First the good--this book includes numerous excellent first-hand accounts of small-unit (company/battalion) action on the

Ivan’s War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945

Title: Ivan's War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945 Author: Catherine Merridale Genre: Military Social History Publisher: Metropolitan Books Release Date: 2006 Format: Hardcover Pages: 480 This is a pretty well-written book, probably worth reading for anyone interested in modern Russia or the Great Patriotic War (the Eastern Front of World War II).

Panzer Aces I: German Tank Commanders of WWII

Title: Panzer Aces I: German Tank Commanders of WWII Series: Stackpole Military History Series Author: Franz Kurowski Publisher: Stackpole Books Release Date: 2004 Format: Paperback Pages: 448 I enjoyed this book quite a bit--it has loads of heavy tank fighting, mainly on the Eastern front. The book is full of accounts of chatter in the

Fighting for the Soviet Motherland: Recollections from the Eastern Front

Title: Fighting for the Soviet Motherland: Recollections from the Eastern Front Author: Dmitriy Loza (Author),‎ James F. Gebhardt (Editor, Translator) Genre: Military History Publisher: University of Nebraska Press Release Date: 1998 Format: Hardcover Pages: 271 This book is written from a very interesting perspective--by a Soviet officer commanding British Matildas and US Shermans in the

Panzer Operations: The Eastern Front Memoir Of General Raus, 1941-1945

Title: Panzer Operations: The Eastern Front Memoir Of General Raus, 1941-1945 Author: Erhard Raus Genre: Military History Publisher: Da Capo Press Release Date: 2003 Format: Hardcover Pages: 366 This is a very good book on operations on the Russian Front. Raus was clearly a very gifted commander, and his descriptions of his numerous successful operations

The Complete Works of Isaac Babel

Title: The Compete Works of Isaac Babel Author: Isaac Babel Genre: Fiction Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Release Date: 2001 Format: Hardcover Pages: 1076 Babel is a masterful teller of short stories. His stories, most of which do not exceed a few pages, speak volumes about the extraordinary times in which he lived. For

Tigers in the Mud

Title: Tigers in the Mud Series: Stackpole Military History Series Author: Otto Carius Genre: Military History Publisher: Stackpole Books Release Date: 2003 Format: Paperback Pages: 384 This is one of the better books I've read on WWII tank action at the tactical level. The author addresses not only tank combat, but the whole spectrum of