A German General on the Eastern Front: The Letters and Diaries of Gotthard Heinrici 1941-1942 by Johanne Hurter
What was life actually like on the Eastern Front during Operation Barbarossa? How did the army come to terms with the problems that they faced, and the eventual realization that they were not going to succeed?
Johannes Hurter has studied the diaries and letters of Gotthard Heinrici, a German General serving on the Eastern Front between 1941 and 1942. This book is a compilation of those letters and diaries, carefully edited to create an account of that dramatic year.
Heinrici shows himself to be an observant person, noting down the characteristics of the Soviet troops and soldiers who faced him, assessing the strengths and weaknesses and simply noting down the problems he and his army were facing. It helps bring the subject alive, showing the events through the eyes of one man who played a major role in the strategy and conduct of Operation Barbarossa.
It makes very illuminating reading and will become an essential study for anyone interested in this period of history.
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