Fighting In Hell: The German Ordeal On The Eastern Front by Peter G. TsourasFighting In Hell: The German Ordeal On The Eastern Front by Peter G. Tsouras

Fighting In Hell: The German Ordeal On The Eastern Front

byPeter G. Tsouras

Mass Market Paperback | November 26, 1997

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On 22 June 1941, the German army invaded the Soviet Union, one hundred fifty divisions advancing on three axes in a surprise attack that overwhelmed and destroyed whatever opposition the Russians were able to muster. The German High Command was under the impression that the Red Army could be destroyed west of the Dnepr River and that there would be no need for conducting operations in cold, snow, and mud. They were wrong.

In reality, the extreme conditions of the German war in Russia were so brutal that past experiences simply paled before them. Everything in Russia--the land, the weather, the distances, and above all the people--was harder, harsher, more unforgiving, and more deadly than anything the German soldier had ever faced before.

Based on the recollections of four veteran German commanders of those battles, FIGHTING IN HELL describes in detail what happened when the world's best-publicized "supermen" met the world's most brutal fighting. It is not a tale for the squeamish.
The editor of Fighting in Hell, Peter G. Tsouras, is an analyst at the U.S. Army's Intelligence and Threat Center in Washington, D.C. He also edited The Anvil of War. He is the author of a number of books, including The Great Patriotic War and Disaster at D-day.
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Title:Fighting In Hell: The German Ordeal On The Eastern FrontFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.81 × 4.22 × 0.94 inPublished:November 26, 1997

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ISBN - 10:0804116989

ISBN - 13:9780804116985

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite good Written in quite a textbook/report, this book doesn't follow a chronolgogial format that is common in other war-history books. Rather, it systematically describes to the reader what equipment the German army did have, what they needed and what types of equipment it took to fight the war on the Russians. The book also looks at conditions like roads, weather, morale, food requirments etc. Overall, a good impression is given as to what was physically required on the Eastern front.
Date published: 2000-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a "Must Have" This book is an english translation of the reports of captive german officers given to the Americans, of their after-the-fact accounts of their east-front WW2 experiences. The translation from german to english makes for a somewhat jumbled narrative. Given the time it was written - 1947-48 - the account is notable in its slant; ie. the russians are repeatedly accused of using "forced civilian labor" to construct field defenses, anti-tank ditches, etc., while the german accounts note the use of the same civilian labor, but never refer to it as being forced. Likewise, the russians are accused of instructing their troops they would be slaughtered if they surrender, and this is discounted as a communist falsehood, yet we know the fate of most soviet prisoners was, if not death at the front, death in the POW camps. One of the four sections of the book covers the Finnish sector, and it does give a good overview of that too often neglected front. The information on the adaptation of soviet tactics during the war is credible, but more detailed accounts and some personal narratives would of improved the books value. An interesting read for someone interested in the Eastern front, if only to capture the post-war reflections of the German officers who fought on that front.
Date published: 2000-07-24

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Based on the recollections of four veteran German commanders of those battles, "Fighting in Hell" describes in detail what happened when the world's best-publicized "supermen" met the world's most brutal fighting. It is not a tale for the squeamish.