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Stalingrad Pocket - by Akhil Kadidal

Kandu

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Full Title: Stalingrad Pocket - The Advance To Stalingrad and the Destruction of the Sixth Army.
My OPINION; an Interesting but horribly irritating read.

First the bad news - 'horribly irritating read'. In a previous book review I have complained how modern books have gone downhill in terms of editing and grammar. Well, this small book is by far the worst edited publication I have ever read. By far. Hardly a page is turned without one or more errors in grammar or misplaced, dupicated or omitted words. I want to SCREAM it's so horrible. I think that even a standard computer based spell/grammar checker would do better than this. And that after an author's foreword in which he self-extols the quality of his original (lost due to hard-drive crash) manuscript. Ugh.

Now the good news. Putting aside the murder of the English language and good literature, I found the historical account sufficiently engaging. I have not previously read any accounts of the battle of Stalingrad. Within that context, I found sufficient scope and detail to satisfy my curiosity and interest in this battle. It touched briefly but adequately upon the personalities involved as well as the overall strategic situation but primarily focused upon the battle itself.

Would I recommend it? That's difficult given my lack of reading other accounts about this battle. You see, if there was another source which delved into the matter with a similar scope and detail but was properly written and edited, I would recommend that publication instead and toss this one. But that's not the case so I'm back to repeating my opening opinion, 'an Interesting but horribly irritating read.' I don't dare recommend it out of fear that it irritates you more than me. On the other hand I cannot recommend that you pass it by. Who knows? You might like it.
 

Monty's Mighty Moustache

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If you want to continue reading about Stalingrad I’d recommend trying Jason Mark’s books. He self-publishes out of Australia (look up Leaping Horseman books) so buying direct can be expensive due to shipping rates if you are not local but his work is excellent. A couple of his books have been republished by Stackpole and can be bought on Amazon for much cheaper (Island of Fire and Death of the Leaping Horseman), I’m working my way through Island of Fire at the moment which is about the battle for the Barricady Gun Factory. There are more books in the post too!

Then of course there is David Glantz’s 4 part Stalingrad “trilogy” which everyone recommends. I have them but haven’t started on them yet.

MMM
 

Kandu

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If you want to continue reading about Stalingrad I’d recommend trying Jason Mark’s books. He self-publishes out of Australia (look up Leaping Horseman books) so buying direct can be expensive due to shipping rates if you are not local but his work is excellent. A couple of his books have been republished by Stackpole and can be bought on Amazon for much cheaper (Island of Fire and Death of the Leaping Horseman), I’m working my way through Island of Fire at the moment which is about the battle for the Barricady Gun Factory. There are more books in the post too!

Then of course there is David Glantz’s 4 part Stalingrad “trilogy” which everyone recommends. I have them but haven’t started on them yet.

MMM
Thank you for the recommendations. :)
 
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HOA_KSOP

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I am currently reading Anthony Beevor's Stalingrad book. An easy read, chock full of veteran experiences and detailed enough to give you an idea of the flow of the battle and the major figures involved. Beevor's books are well crafted and you will not be disappointed if you read it.
 
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