Images of War, Hitler’s Defeat on the Eastern Front 1944-1945, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

This book adds to the popular and impressive Images of War Series. This book graphically shows the exhaustion and resignation of the soldiers who realized that they were fighting on past defeat in the most pointless form of combat – Highly Recommended

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NAME: Images of War, Hitler's Defeat on the Eastern Front 1944-1945, Rare 
Photographs From Wartime Archives
FILE: R2939
AUTHOR: Hans Seidler
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 157
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, World War II, Second World War, Blitz Krieg, 
all-arms, mobile warfare, mechanized infantry, armoured infantry carriers, tracked 
vehicles, support vehicles, command vehicles, missile carriers, battlefield 
ambulance, engineering vehicles, retreat, defeat

ISBN: 1-84415-977-9

IMAGE: B2939.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: This book adds to the popular and impressive Images of War 
Series. This book graphically shows the exhaustion and resignation of the 
soldiers who realized that they were fighting on past defeat in the most 
pointless form of combat –  Highly Recommended

The final months of WWII saw the Germans being forced back into their national 
boundaries with no sign that the Allies would stop until they occupied all of 
Germany. What the Germans did not realize was that the Allies had already agreed 
to accept only unconditional surrender by Germany. In the West the German 
commanders increasingly saw their task as falling back slowly in the West but 
fighting for every inch in the East in the happy false belief that the Western Allies 
would joint them in fighting the Soviets.

There is capable text and excellent captioning of the many rare photographs. A 
picture may equal a thousand words, but this book contains in its images the descent 
into chaos for the German people. The level of destruction, affect on civilians and 
the stress on the soldiers leaps from the pages. Where the companion book in the 
series on the defeat in the West shows this, the Eastern Front carried a whole 
additional terror of a conflict of animal savagery. In this book the period of conflict 
goes to the time of surrender, but for these soldiers the war did not end in 1945. 
Where the Western Allies genuinely tried to send home German POWs as rapidly 
as possible, Stalin showed no such urgency and had he lived longer it is possible 
that almost no German POW would have arrived home from Soviet PoW camps.
 Initially, only German POWs of Socialist or Communist belief were returned, a 
very tiny number. The last POWs suffered on to 1953 and in total only 8% of 
German POWs in Soviet hands survived, many in very poor health. The rest died 
from a mixture of starvation, overwork in labour gangs, sickness, and casual brutality. 
The German troops realized that this could be their fate and the wild eyed 
determination to fight on and avoid capture shows in the faces on these photographs.