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Normally I'm a huge fan of Steve Zaloga, Ron Volstad and Concord. But this book was a bit disappointing. A large number of the photos appear elsewhere.
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Bradfield MC , Tpr R. Wright, Shaw MC , Lt D. Bradstock MC , Cpl J. Tucker MM , Tpr J. La battaglia delle SS europee. Il III. The German Defense of the West Wall. De la Normandie a la Baltique. Guerra Civ. IGM Navale IGM Fronte Orient.

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Africa Orientale It. Iraq dal Asia Terrorismo Politico Intelligence Criminologia Invest. Geopolitica Diritto intern. Flashbang Riv. Desperta Ferro Riv. Caraktere Riv. Ancient Warfare Riv.

Medieval Warfare Riv. Armes Militaria HS Riv. Raids HS Riv. Their experiences dwarf those of the western front. The Russians thought their campaign for Rumania, which took only two weeks in August , among the least costly of the war. I felt very conscious, as I wrote Armageddon, that this is the last decade in which one will be privileged to be able usefully to interview people who lived through all these remarkable and terrible experiences. When I started researching this period almost 30 years ago, I was able to meet people who served as generals. Today, no one whom I saw held a rank higher than major.

Many people still recall what happened to them more than 60 years ago amazingly vividly, but they are fading. Though to most of you such a fate seems far, far off, it is of course the destiny of us all. A cultural collision took place in Germany in , between societies whose experience of the war was light years apart. What the Soviet and German people did, as well as what was done to them, bore scant resemblance to the war the British and Americans knew.

There was a chasm between the world of the Western allies, populated by people still striving to act temperately, and the Eastern universe in which, on both sides, elemental passions dominated.

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One man described to me how his parents, illiterate peasants, were anonymously denounced by neighbours as counter-revolutionaries, and shot in at the prison outside St. She used the commonplace language we might employ on discovering that somebody we met had attended the same school as ourselves. In Russia, there is no tradition of pursuing objective historical truth. Even in the 21st century, it remains difficult to persuade a fiercely nationalistic people to speak frankly about the bleaker aspects of their wartime history. They were not.

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Consider that great Soviet commander Rokossosvky. He started the war without his fingernails, because they had been removed during his incarceration in the Purges, weakly expecting his own execution. Stalin himself liked to tell a story, of a time when he lost a favourite pipe. He mentioned this to Beria…. At least 27 million Soviet citizens died in the war, against a million British, American and French people combined.

I have since thought a lot about what she said, and concluded that she is partly right. Many young Germans are extraordinarily ignorant about the Nazi period. Some older ones seem less troubled by historic guilt about Hitler than are many British people about the alleged shortcomings of the British Empire. It is as if the horrors of the Nazi era were committed by people quite unrelated to the law-abiding, taxpaying pensioners who now occupy comfortable retirement homes in Munich or Stuttgart, Nuremburg or Dresden, citizens in good standing of the European Union.

One former Waffen SS captain whom I met, and who spent some hours telling me his tale of battle from to , sounded almost nostalgic for the experience. I said to him, meaning to be ironic, that he seemed to have enjoyed his experience as a soldier.

You have seen the newsreels- the searchlights, the crowds, the Fuhrer? I was there!

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By contrast, many Russian veterans of the Red Army are deeply embittered by their poverty today. The men who fought for the Red Army in WW11 have been left behind as tragic flotsam of history. Consider the two million Germans who fled from East Prussia and Silesia through four feet of snow amid the Soviet onslaught. Anything up to a million, many of them women and children, perished. Her choice of words was in poor taste, but it is true that most people in the West remain blithely ignorant of the vast experiment in ethnic cleansing which took place in Eastern Europe in , because those who suffered were Germans.

The Russians eventually terrorised or expelled around four million Germans out of the East European lands in which they had been living.

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Then there were the Dutch people, starving through the winter of in which their experiences were terrible, and remained largely unnoticed in British and American books about the period. They suffered under British and American bombing, because the allies were trying to destroy German rocket sites in Holland, and they suffered from desperate hunger while the allied armies were fighting past them, to get into Germany. Through the harsh winter of , Dutch people were tearing up fences, even stealing the wooden wedges from the trolley car rails of the cities as fuel, for they had no electricity.

I asked a Dutchman who was a teenager in those days about his daily life. Once, he saw a horse defacate in the street outside his house in Amsterdam. In their way, the Dutch were treated as ruthlessly by Eisenhower and his armies as were the people of Warsaw in the autumn of , when the Red Army 20 miles away left the Poles to suffer and die after they rose in revolt against their Nazi occupiers. The Dutch ate tulip bulbs and died in their thousands of malnutrition, because the Western allies were convinced- probably rightly, but nonetheless very painfully- that British and American soldiers should not be diverted from the drive upon Germany to liberate Holland.

German troops were still shooting suspected Dutch Resistance fighters in Holland on the very day the war ended.

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We sometimes kid ourselves that we live in a dangerous and frightening age, amid Al Qaeda and global warming. Yet I suggest that we are a uniquely privileged generation, beside those who went before. I think of a 17 year-old German girl whose story I have told.


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She contacted me…. Her mother led her and her sister on to the roof of their apartment building, and told them that with their honour gone, death was the only proper course.