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"To the Bitter End" by schwarzfeder

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  1. schwarzfeder

    schwarzfeder Member

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    Title: "To the Bitter End"
    Author: Rolf Hinze
    Pub.: Helion

    I picked up this book earlier this year through Military Book Club to have a reference for the later Ostfront actions of WWII from the German perspective. Subtitled, "The Final Battles of Army Groups North Ukraine, A, and Center--Ostfront 1944-45", the book is very well-written and well-researched. It does read a bit dryly at times, but fortunately there is some anecdotal information to go with the dry facts. I was hoping to find more info in here on the tragedy of the Oder Pocket, but came up a bit wanting. Festung Breslau is covered, however. The Russian action is also detailed in good scholarly fashion.


    This book has German situation/battle maps and a light scattering of effective illustrations. There is no index, which I found frustrating, if one needs to cross-refer for research especially.

    I'd recommend this book for the WWII German Ostfront student as an interesting reference for the last battles.
     
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    title: "To the Bitter End"
    Author: Rolf Hinze
    Pub.: Casemate/Helion UK

    Reviewer: schwarzfeder

    Subtitled "The Final Battles 0f Army groups North Ukraine, A, and Center--Ostfront 1944-45", I picked this book up earlier this year from Military Book Club for a reference on the last actions of the war in the Ost from the German view. This book is very well-written and well-researched.
    I was hoping to find more info on the tragedy of the Oder Pocket, however

    The author covers the Russian side of things as well, so you get a rounded idea of what's going on. Some of the text is dry going--perhaps the technicalities of translation--but there is good anecdotal material as well.

    "To the Bitter End' has a good sprinkling of relevant photos, and the situation maps are German. This book does not have an index, which would greatly aid cross-reference.

    This is a professionally done book of special interest to Ostfront students/writers/researchers.
     
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    belasar Court Jester Staff Member

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    Thank you for your quick review. Moved to ETO sub forum.
     

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