Book Review – The Burning of Moscow, Napoleon’s Trial by Fire, 1812

 

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This book provides a detailed account of the burning of Moscow and is the third volume 
of the author's in-depth reassessment of the war between the French and Russian empires. 
This is a work of scholarship, but one which is written in a lively style It has been very 
thoroughly researched and draws on a wide range of sources and eyewitness accounts, 
including French, Russian, German, Polish, and Dutch accounts. It is particularly interesting 
in that it has been released at the same time as “Stalingrad to Berlin” providing the opportunity 
to use two well researched and written works to compare the French experiences of 1812 and 
the German experiences between 1941 and 1945.

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Book Review – The Home Front in the Great War, Aspects of the Conflict 1914-1918

 

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This book is filled with a most interesting collection of photographs and drawings throughout the 
body of the book. They add greatly to the story which includes many personal reflections from 
those who lived through those days. The author has worked skilfully through all of the aspects 
of life on the Home Front. He conveys the sense of engagement where civilians identified 
themselves as part of the battle lines.

In charting the progress at home, the social changes can be graphically seen. As more and 
more men went off to fight, many never to return, women became involved in a range of 
jobs that had previously not been available to them. They earned money, sometimes very 
good money, when previously many had been entirely dependent on male relatives. They 
also experiences enemy fire with the terror bombing raids by airships and the bombardment 
of civilian targets ashore by German warships.
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Book Review – Obedient Unto Death, A Panzer Grenadier of the Leibstandarte – SS Adolf Hitler Reports

 

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In addition to providing a colourful account of his experiences, Kindler also provides a very valuable insight 
into the social; experiences and politics that brought the Nazis to power and for much of WWII earned them 
the wholehearted support of the overwhelming majority of Germans. Hitler tapped into a catalogue of fears, 
aspirations and prejudices that combined with militarism and patriotism that produced such a deadly cocktail 
that was not confined to a few fanatics but spread through a nation. As Kindler demonstrates, those feelings 
and beliefs were not expunged in 1945 but have continued in the fabric of German society, embers ready to be 
fanned into fresh life.

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Book Reviews – From Stalingrad to Berlin, The Illustrated Edition

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Having read all of the information, the reader will have a well-grounded 
understanding of a conflict on a scale at least equal to the bitter trench 
warfare of WWI. There is probably no other book that achieves this for 
what was a critical part of the conflict that the Germans began in 1939.

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