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Discussion in 'WWII Books & Publications' started by C.Evans, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. L-Raiser

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    You can't keep a good thread down....

    Found this on the JJF site:

    The Tiger book should be shipping from Europe next week and arrive about 5 weeks later.
    [​IMG] Lastly, have a sneak peak at the cover of our next book. We should have a pre-pub for it in the next week or so. All for now,


    Does anyone know anything about this one?
     
  2. halder

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    Ok, but nothing special; there are a lot better memoirs out there waiting to be translated. The combat accounts are good, but it's more a mix of individual episodes than a good narrative.

    I'm also a little wary because the author was involved in the Landser volumes (which are fiction)...

    It's the book alluded to in post no.259 ;)
     
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  3. L-Raiser

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    Well, here i am again with some eastern front novelties (for some of you at least)...

    1- According to amazon the Glantz book has been delayed until August, it's called "Barbarossa Derailed: The Battle for Smolensk vol.1", and here is the link

    Amazon.com: BARBAROSSA DERAILED: THE BATTLE FOR SMOLENSK 10 JULY-10 SEPTEMBER 1941 VOLUME 1:…

    2- Apparently, the first volume isn't out yet, and volume two is already schedule to be released, in december...

    Amazon.com: BARBAROSSA DERAILED: THE BATTLE FOR SMOLENSK 10 JULY-10 SEPTEMBER 1941 VOLUME 2: The German Offensives on the Flanks and the Third Soviet Counteroffensive, 25 August-10 September 1941 (9781906033903): David Glantz: Books

    And quite by accident i found a few new (i reckon) titles regarding the Eastern Front:

    3- Demolishing the Myth

    Amazon.com: DEMOLISHING THE MYTH: The Tank Battle at Prokhorovka, Kursk, July…

    Here is a little description:

    "A groundbreaking book when first published in Russia in 2005, now Valeriy Zamulin's study of the crucible of combat during the titanic clash at Kursk - the fighting at Prokhorovka - is available in English. A former staff member of the Prokhorovka Battlefield State Museum, Zamulin has dedicated years of his life to the study of the battle of Kursk, and especially the fighting on its southern flank involving the famous attack of the II SS Panzer Corps into the teeth of deeply-echeloned Red Army defenses. A product of five years of intense research into the once-secret Central Archives of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Zamulin lays out in enormous detail the plans and tactics of both sides, culminating in the famous and controversial clash at Prokhorovka on 12 July 1943. Zamulin skillfully weaves reminiscences of Red Army and Wehrmacht soldiers and officers into the narrative of the fighting, using in part files belonging to the Prokhorovka Battlefield State Museum. Zamulin has the advantage of living in Prokhorovka, so he has walked the ground of the battlefield many times and has an intimate knowledge of the terrain.
    Examining the battle from primarily the Soviet side, Zamulin reveals the real costs and real achievements of the Red Army at Kursk, and especially Prokhorovka. He examines mistaken deployments and faulty decisions that hampered the Voronezh Front's efforts to contain the Fourth Panzer Army's assault, and the valiant, self-sacrificial fighting of the Red Army's soldiers and junior officers as they sought to slow the German advance, and then crush the II SS Panzer Corps with a heavy counterattack at Prokhorovka on 12 July. The combat on this day receives particular scrutiny, as Zamulin works to clarify the relative size of the contending forces, the actual area of this battle, and the costs suffered by both sides. The costs to General P. A. Rotmistrov's 5th Guards Tank Army and General A. S. Zhadov's 5th Guards Army as they slammed into 1st SS Panzer Grenadier Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, 3rd SS Panzer Grenadier Division Totenkopf and a portion of 2nd SS Panzer Grenadier Division Das Reich were particularly devastating, and Zamulin examines the nuts and bolts of the counteroffensive to see why this was so.
    Zamulin does not exclude the oft-overlooked efforts of Army Group Kempf's III Panzer Corps on the right-wing of the Fourth Panzer Army, as it sought to keep pace with the II SS Panzer Corps advance, and then breach the line of the Northern Donets River in order to link up with its left-hand neighbor in the region of Prokhorovka. Zamulin describes how the Soviet High Command and the Voronezh Front had to cobble together quickly a defense of this line with already battered units, but needed to reinforce it with fresh formations at the expense of the counterstroke at Prokhorovka.
    Illustrated with numerous maps and photographs (including present-day views of the battlefield), and supplemented with extensive tables of data, Zamulin's book is an outstanding contribution to the growing literature on the battle of Kursk, and further demolishes many of the myths and legends that grew up around this battle."

    4- Another is called Oder Front 1945, due november 2010

    Amazon.com: ODER FRONT 1945, THE: Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici…

    "Nazi Germany's fall is regularly depicted through the dual images of Adolf Hitler directing the final battle for Berlin from his claustrophobic Fuhrerbunker, and the subsequent Soviet victory immortalized by the flying of the 'Hammer and Sickle' over the burnt-out Reichstag. This popular view, that Germany's last battle of World War II was a deliberate, yet fatalistic, defense of Berlin planned and conducted by Hitler, is largely a historically inaccurate depiction that fits a popularized characterization of the Third Reich's end.
    Germany's final battle began when Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici took command of Heeresgruppe Weichsel (Army Group Vistula) on 20 March 1945, not when the massive Soviet offensive intended to capture Berlin was launched on 16 April. Heinrici, not Hitler, decided that there was only one strategic course left for Germany-hold the Soviets back along the Oder Front long enough to entice the Western Allies across the Elbe River. Heinrici knew two things: the war was lost and what remained of Germany was destined for postwar Soviet occupation. His intent was that a protracted defense along the Oder Front would force General Eisenhower to order the Western Allies into the postwar Soviet Zone of Occupation outlined in the Top Secret Allied Plan known as 'Eclipse', thereby sparing millions of Germans in the east the dismal fate of Soviet vengeance everyone knew was at hand. Berlin, Heinrici ordered, would not be defended. The capital of Germany would not become another 'Stalingrad' as Heinrici told his subordinates. A decision by OKW on 23 April to defend Berlin in a final decisive battle forced Heinrici into direct conflict with his superiors over the conduct of operations along the Oder Front -a conflict that undermined his capability to defend against the Soviets and ultimately cost Heinrici his command."

    5- The next one was published in May, it's called Entrapment, and it's about the soviet operations to capture Budapest

    Amazon.com: ENTRAPMENT: Soviet Operations to Capture Budapest, December 1944…

    'Entrapment' deals with the enormous offensive efforts of the Soviet 2nd and 3rd Ukrainian Fronts to capture the capital of Hungary before the end of 1944 and thus to clear their way to Vienna. It also describes the desperate efforts of Hitler to retain his last significant European ally and thus to prevent the Red Army from reaching Vienna and seizing the vital oilfields in Southwestern Hungary. The Soviet offensive against Budapest began at the end of October 1944; with the impending Yalta conference Stalin wished to capture the city as rapidly as possible. Fierce fighting ensued, with the suburbs penetrated by early November. By 26 December the city was encircled, but despite massive Soviet efforts it remained in Axis hands at the end of 1944, and would remain so until February 1945.'

    6- Another Rolf Heinze book will be released in December, the english title is With the Courage of Desperation

    Amazon.com: WITH THE COURAGE OF DESPERATION: Germany's Defence of the Southern…

    "In his historical series Hinze provides the only comprehensive account of events on the central and southern portions of the German Eastern Front during the years of German retreat. This volume covers events on the southern portion of the Eastern Front from July 1944, in the aftermath of the cataclysmic defeat of Heeresgruppe Mitte, through the Soviet drive to victory.
    Events covered include the retrograde fighting of 4th Panzer-Armee, the situation on the flanks of Heeresgruppe Nordukraine, operations around Lemberg, and the settling of positions along the line of the Vistula river. The Soviet drive through Rumania against Heeresgruppe Sudukraine is described, leading to the fall of Bucharest before the panorama moves into the Hungarian Puszta. The German attempts to stem the Soviet drive on Budapest, the Gran bridgehead and the last great German offensive of the war, Operation 'Spring Awakening' are all recounted, as is the steady and now inevitable final withdrawal and defeat of the remaining Axis forces as the Soviets penetrate into Austria. The fall of both Budapest and Vienna are related, before Hinze completes his study with the final battles in Austria and the area north of the Danube."

    7- Another is about the Battle for East Prussia in 1945 and it's called Into the Enemies Den, and it's due to September

    Amazon.com: INTO THE ENEMY'S DEN: The Battle for East Prussia January-April 1945…

    "At the beginning of August 1944, when the Red Army reached East Prussia, neither Stalin nor anyone else in his entourage suspected that the conquering of the easternmost province of the Third Reich would take more than eight months and would cost an enormous amount of effort and the lives of hundreds of thousands of soldiers. The first two attempts of the young Soviet General Chernyakhovsky to penetrate deep into the enemy territory failed miserably, which, in turn, forced Stalin to redeploy considerable forces to that area and allow them to prepare thoroughly for the final assault. The assault in question commenced in the small hours of 13 January 1945 and continued for almost four months. It would go down in history as one of the most ferocious battles of World War II.
    This new study by the Bulgarian author Kamen Nevenkin scrutinizes that third and final attempt by powerful Soviet forces to capture East Prussia. Using a considerable number of German archival documents, as well as formerly classified Soviet General Staff studies, the author discusses in detail all aspects of the battles that took place in East Prussia from January to April 1945 including the objectives, plans and buildup prior to the offensive, the opening onslaught of the Red Army, the initial Soviet penetration of the front and subsequent breakout and onward drive, including the bitter fighting for Konigsberg, the destruction of the German 4th Army and the closing stages of the offensive around Samland. Special attention is paid to the decision-making processes in the headquarters of the two opposing forces."

    8- And finally the George Nipe book... at last!!
    It's due in August and it's called 'Blood, Steel, Myth: The II.SS-Panzer-Korps and the Road to Prochorowka'

    Amazon.com: BLOOD, STEEL, MYTH: The II.SS-Panzer-Korps and the Road to…

    "George Nipe, author of "Last Victory in Russia" and "Decision in the Ukraine", has written a revealing and unprecedented re-analysis of the II.SS-Panzer-Korps' operations during the Battle of Kursk in the summer of 1943. Unlike all previous books on the subject, which refer almost exclusively to Russian accounts of the battle, "Blood, Steel and Myth" makes extensive use of original German source material. In so doing he convincingly exposes the conventional wisdom, which through its constant repetition over the years has assumed mythic status, as being fundamentally flawed and patently untrue.
    Based principally on Heer and Waffen-SS combat and intelligence reports from the southern sector of the Kursk salient, as well as the individual accounts of veterans, the book covers in detail the daily progress of Operation Citadel. With meticulous attention to detail the author illustrates the unfavorable circumstances and erroneous command decisions which doomed Germany's last major offensive in Russia irrevocably to failure.
    The personal notes, conversations and official orders of generals Hausser, Hoth, and Manstein are all closely scrutinized to shed new light on this much celebrated but incorrectly recounted clash of arms, with particular attention being paid to the "greatest tank battle in history" at Prochorovka. With "Blood, Steel and Myth" George Nipe sets the record straight with all the conviction of an Eastern Front historian whose veracity and impeccable scholarship have been proven time and again."

    Here they are, so if you have any additional information, or if you already read any one of these, please don't be shy and share the information with us.

    Cheers!!
     
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    Thanks for keeping the thread alive. Ive been lax on trying to look for more titles because of many reasons-not lack of interest though.

    I was wondering if anyone might know if any more volumes to the Armies of the Bear: Soviet Rifle Divisions 1917-1957, have been published yet? Ive got the first three volumes and there is supposed to be 20 volumes.
     
  5. halder

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    Well I know the authors of 4 and 7 and can heartily recommend them. Both are indefatigable researchers who know their subjects.

    If you take a look over at the Feldgrau forum, you can chat with Stephan. He also wrote the excellent Bloody Streets which basically re-writes the battle of Berlin. I've seen a draft of the Oderfront book; if you want to study the final battles of WW2 in the East, it's a must. :)

    As for Hinze (No.6), dry, dry and once again dry. Plus it's riddled with his political beliefs. When Hinze is good, e.g. 19 ID history, he's very good. When he's bad, he's boring as hell...
     
  6. L-Raiser

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    Hi Halder! as always very helpful advice... and how's the next book going??
     
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    Thanks much, ill go there soon as I can get back online.
     
  8. halder

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    Festung Breslau's now finished and with the publisher hopefully for a 2011 release. :)

    Book number four is already under way... and under wraps. ;)
     
  9. L-Raiser

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    Ok, i'm waiting for it...
     
  10. C.Evans

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    Im still waiting to get: "Hells Gate". ;-)
     
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    I've already have that one... amazing book.
     
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    Hitler's Last Fortress: Breslau 1945 provisionally slated for a September 2011 release with Pen and Sword in the UK. :)
     
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    Another new Eastern Front book by Jason Mark is now out.

    Jason mark gave me a heads-up on a new book he co-wrote that is now out. This book is called: Croation Legion: The 369th (reinforced) Croation Infantry Regiment on the Eastern Front. This book is co-written by Jason mark and Amir Cbhodas.

    Mark is known for great works like: Death of the Leaping Horseman (which is the 24th Panzer Division @ Stalingrad) An Infantryman At Stalingrad, Island of Fire, Turning point and Angriff.
     
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    "Bumped" for Paul.
     
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    Just got news of another E/Front title about to be released. I dont want to say what its about yet because I am waiting for the Author to give me his permission to do so.
     
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    C. Evans

    thanks so much for taking your time to post info about all of these books.
    I am a prolific reader and have been searching for some new books to read and I have seen quite a few that you posted that I was unaware of, so happy now I have some new reading to look forward too

    thanks again

    regards
     
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    Somehow I missed this thread until now.

    I'd just like to add to Nachtjager61's sentiments- great info here! Especially for someone like myself who is just getting back into WW2 reading and study after a pretty long break, this is great in terms of getting info on some books to look for.

    :cheers:
     
  18. C.Evans

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    Thanks N/ and I still have many to list but havent fro either lack of time lass of access to a computer, and also because the titles I have are still pack away from my move from Houston about 11 months ago ;-)) Also, There are tons fo air titles too but I didnt write them down as I was greedily anough-only mainly interested in the ground war. If I dio get me a new PC soon? ill gladly go back and get those air titles ;-))
     
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    Thanks Crazeeeee ;-)) and ill keep those interested updated on Jason Marks latest projects and any projects that a couple of Authrors have told me they are working on but I have yet to get permission to blast off about ;-))
     
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    BTW-Crazy and for N/ If you can find a copy of Island of Fire? try that book for starters-0its THAT amazing and is THAT good fo a read ;-))
     

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