Review

REVIEW: Hitler’s Germany: The Birth of Extremism by Tim Heath

Tim Heath’s book covers the story of three German families as World War I ends. The German economy and society fell into a horrible position of blaming their situation on the Jews. Anti-Semitism was at its peak in Germany and a caustic political environment both combined to form a new German psyche that was determined …

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REVIEW: A Passionate Prodigality: Fragments of Autobiography by Guy Chapman

Guy Chapman’s A Passionate Prodigality: Fragments of Autobiography is an unvarnished look at an English infantry officer’s transformation from an amateur soldier to a jaded veteran. Chapman served with the 13th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, a New Army battalion of volunteers who had enlisted specifically for service in the Great War. Originally published in …

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Blood and Soil – The Memoirs of a Third Reich Brandenburger by Sepp De Giampietro

One of the best memoirs of a German soldier I have ever read. The author provides a detailed accounting of the Brandenburgers missions and daring exploits in Eastern Europe, Greece, The Russian Front and various parts of the German Reich during World War II. Sepp De Giampietro grew up in South Tyrol Italy and yearned …

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REVIEW: Visiting the Normandy Invasion Beaches and Battlefields

Hughes’ battlefield guide book, published in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, is an exceptionally good example of the genre. It is packed with information, yet clear and concise. Hughes has done a great service for those readers who will be visiting Normandy for years to come.  Gareth Hughes’ Visiting the Normandy …

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REVIEW: Images of War – Hitler’s Defeat on the Western Front 1944-1945 by Hans Seidler

A great image catalog from the wartime archives depicting the Nazi’s struggle against the vastly superior Allied paratroopers, tanks, armor formations, and men at the Western Front. The images captured here are from the beaches at Normandy, Northern France, Belgium, the low countries as well as Germany. The chapters in this book provides images from …

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REVIEW: Waterloo: The Campaign of 1815 Volume I, from Elba to Ligny and Quatre Bras

John Hussey’s Waterloo, The Campaign of 1815 Volume I, from Elba to Ligny and Quatre Bras, is an outstanding addition to the body literature on Waterloo and the Hundred Days.  Waterloo constitutes well-trod ground, actually and metaphorically examined by writers almost from the moment the cannons ceased firing. Readers may understandably ask what an author …

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REVIEW: Otto Skorzeny – The Devil’s Disciple by Stuart Smith

An excellent historical record of the most dangerous man in Europe during World War II. A true German special forces leader and daredevil involved in most of the high visibility missions during the war. Otto Skorzeny was involved in most of the critical special forces mission for Germany. A true leader that was not convicted …

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REVIEW: Lake Ilmen 1942 – The Wehrmacht Front to the Red Army

An excellent expose capturing the significant contribution of the Spanish fighters of the 250th Ski Company that served in the German Wehrmacht at Lake Ilmen on the Russian Front during World War II. The book outlines the sacrifice and dedication of these soldiers and how they adapted to the harsh Russian winter conditions. Lake Ilmen …

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