- Gebundene Ausgabe: 324 Seiten
- Verlag: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (18. September 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1844157776
- ISBN-13: 978-1844157778
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 3,8 x 15,9 x 24,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.524.796 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Blitzkrieg Unleashed: The German Invasion of Poland 1939 (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 18. September 2008
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Upon hearing of the book Blitzkrieg Unleashed: The German Invasion of Poland 1939, I was immediately interested, however not completely ready to dig into my wallet. I searched around Feldgrau.net and managed to find the author, Richard Hargreaves, who was a member and had posted a small teaser for the book.
It worked. After reading the small teaser I was immediately astonished by the enticing mixture of personal accounts of German soldiers and archival material. This feature, combined with the author's experience as a writer, made me feel this book was a necessity.
Within a week the book was in my hands and I was ready to dive in. The book contains 305 pages (not including the bibliography and quite useful index) and is divided into twelve chapters. The thirty-odd photos are nothing new, but still portray destruction of the invasion as it was. Included are thirteen maps which range from showing the national situation to more detailed village portrayals.
This book certainly did not disappoint me after the first teaser. The author accumulated dozens of diaries, letters, and anecdotes which he wove between the troop movement and battle developments of the Poland invasion. Although only German and English sources are used, the Polish perspective is not lost. Few Polish accounts, recorded in German or English books, have made their way into the book to tell their important stories.
After approximately one week I was finished with the book and could feel myself connected with the soldiers described in the text. The author's unique ability to balance person narratives and battle occurrences made the book a worthwhile read and expenditure. As a result I look forward to this promising author's upcoming works.
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This book is best suited for those who need an introductory and narrative history of the campaign in Poland. For those looking for insight into the evolution of blitzkrieg, tactical lessons, and deeper analysis, look elsewhere.
This book shatters the myth of a German lightning campaign against Poland. Indeed, Hargreaves shows, using German sources, that the Wehrmacht's World War II Landser was not up to the standards of his WWI forefathers. And the book, in a sense, is a tribute to the Polish soldier and nation of 1939.
Hargreaves does not shy away from difficult subjects and he proves convincingly that both the German and Polish armies were guilty of committing atrocities against civilians and enemy soldiers alike.
This book is recommended for those interested in gaining new insights into German-Polish relations during the interwar period and the 1939 war that started World War II in Europe.