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ISBN: 1849081905
Author: Prit Buttar
Language: English
Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First edition (September 21, 2010)
Pages: 512
Category: Military
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 297
Size Fb2: 1428 kb
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Prit Buttar is a British general practitioner and writer.

Prit Buttar is a British general practitioner and writer. He has written six books: Battleground Prussia: The Assault on Germany's Eastern Front 1944-45 (2010), Between Giants: The Battle of the Baltics in World War II (2013), Collision of Empires: The War on the Eastern Front in 1914 (2014), Germany Ascendant: The Eastern Front 1915 (2015), Russia's Last Gasp: The Eastern Front 1916-17 (2016) and The Splintered Empires: The Eastern Front 1917-21 (2017).

Prit Buttar studied medicine at Oxford and London before joining the Royal Army as a doctor. After leaving the army, he has worked as a GP, first near Bristol and now in Abingdon. In most books, this Eastern Front campaign is only briefly covered as a short bridge between Operation Bagration and the fall of Berlin, even though it included some of the most ferocious combat of the entire war. I consider myself an amateur historian and own well over 400 books on World War II, with an emphasis on the Eastern Front, and this book contains a lot of new information to me and fills in some of the gaps in my knowledge of the war in this theater. I do have two nits to pick though.

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Author Prit Buttar spins a mesmerizing tale accompanied by rare . Specifically, this book describes the Soviet assault into East and West Prussia in 1944 and 1945.

Author Prit Buttar spins a mesmerizing tale accompanied by rare photographs and informative maps.

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Soviet Red Army - East Prussia - First Encounter - Продолжительность: 4:42 Wilde Loxley Recommended for yo. Анимированный Восточный фронт: 1944/1945 - Продолжительность: 17:06 Eastory Recommended for you. 17:06.

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Prit Buttar studied medicine at Oxford and London before joining the British Army as a doctor. He is extensively involved in medical politics, both at local and national level, and serves on the GPs' Committee of the British Medical Association. He appears from time to time on local and national TV and radio, speaking on a variety of medical issues. He contributes regularly to the medical press. He has written a novel, but this is his first work of military history. Библиографические данные.

Pritt Buttar’s look at the Soviet assault on Prussia focuses on the brutality and vengeance of the Red Army’s .

Pritt Buttar’s look at the Soviet assault on Prussia focuses on the brutality and vengeance of the Red Army’s merciless campaign. Through previously unseen testimony and sagacious analysis by the author, the chilling events of 1944-45 Prussia are brought to life. Buttar assumes the perspectives of both those at command level and of the soldiers on the front-line. We learn how men of different ranks reacted to the horror. Each chapter is prefixed by a poignant quote, ranging from part of a Goebbels speech to an extract from Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago.

0 0 5 Author: Prit Buttar Narrator: Nigel Patterson. From the great battles that marked the Soviet conquest of East and West Prussia to the final surrender in the Vistula estuary, this book recounts in chilling detail the desperate struggle of soldiers and civilians alike. These brutal campaigns are brought vividly to life by a combination of previously unseen testimony and astute strategic analysis recognizing a conflict of unprecedented horror and suffering.

The terrible months between the arrival of the Red Army on German soil and the final collapse of Hitler's regime were like no other in the Second World War. The Soviet Army's intent to take revenge for the horror that the Nazis had wreaked on their people produced a conflict of implacable brutality in which millions perished.From the great battles that marked the Soviet conquest of East and West Prussia to the final surrender in the Vistula estuary, this handsome volume from Osprey recounts in chilling detail the desperate struggle of soldiers and civilians alike. These brutal campaigns are brought vividly to life by a combination of previously unseen testimony and astute strategic analysis recognizing a conflict of unprecedented horror and suffering. Author Prit Buttar spins a mesmerizing tale accompanied by rare photographs and informative maps.

Comments:

Frei
There are many well written reviews here about this book and I agree with the mostly positive views expressed. As these reviews say, this is a fantastic study of an overlooked aspect of the Eastern Front. This book shows the horrors of war for soldiers and civilians which are are beyond comprehension.

My problem with the book has been expressed by others and that is the lack of good maps. I do not understand how editors of military history can allow books to be published which describe movements of units and do not provide adequate maps. I cannot believe that the editor of this book even reads military history. This an issue for me and for any editors out there who read this review, I have some points to make:

1. You have a town or city which plays an important part in a battle, you get it on a map. You have a military unit in the narration, you get it on a map.
2. Locate maps in the book close to the same point in the narration of the battle
3. Put lots of details in the maps including geographic points which are part of a battle. Us military historians like detailed maps. We are map fanatics! You are not wasting ink.
4. Show the movements of units expressed in the battle narrations in a detailed manner. Lots of arrows! We like arrows.
5. Always have a map of the big picture. This book needed a map of Eastern Europe as well as the map of East Prussia. Why you may ask? Even though military history readers probably know the information, we like to see the big picture too.
6. Finally, think about who is reading this book. It is not Oprah Book Club. Put in the maps! We like maps, we look at them. They are not wasted pages. Give us maps!!!

If any of you know a military history book editor, send this review to him or her.

Sully
Wafi
"Battleground Prussia: The Assault on Germany's Eastern Front 1944-45" by Dr. Prit Buttar, is an impressive work dealing with the German defense of East and West Prussia from late 1944 until the war's end. The first few chapters set the stage, describing the political situation in Prussia, the impacts of the earlier part of the war on the area, and introduces several major characters, such as Erich Koch, the Gauleiter of East Prussia from 1928 until 1945, who had a tremendous impact (mostly bad) on the fighting. The remainder of the book discusses, in detail, the various Soviet offensives and desperate German attempts to hold the Soviets back as long as possible, as well as covering the German civilians attempts to flee and the horrible revenge extracted by the Soviets on those portions of the German population that fell into their hands.

In the course of the narrative, Dr. Buttar points out the many mistakes and criminal neglect by the German party officials and the German High Command, such as not allowing civilians to evacuate until it was literally too late, not evacuating the Courland Pocket to provide much needed reserves to the German front, transferring divisions around the various fronts so that they were in transit instead of being where they were needed, and forcing the German forces to defend so-called fortresses to the death rather than retreat in time and in good order. While, as the author points out, the Germans probably wouldn't been able to stop the Soviet offensive even if they had made more sensible decisions, they could have greatly increased the cost in blood to the Soviets.

The book is very evenhanded in its evaluation of the two sides, but most of the anecdotes and details are from the German side. I personally don't have any problems with that, especially as the author takes great pains to as fair as possible ... even when describing the atrocities that occurred, he puts them into their historical context and doesn't paint the entire Soviet army with a black brush. I just mention it as part of this review.

What I really like about this book is that it provides a lot of detail to a portion of the war that has not been well covered, in my opinion. In most books, this Eastern Front campaign is only briefly covered as a short bridge between Operation Bagration and the fall of Berlin, even though it included some of the most ferocious combat of the entire war. I consider myself an amateur historian and own well over 400 books on World War II, with an emphasis on the Eastern Front, and this book contains a lot of new information to me and fills in some of the gaps in my knowledge of the war in this theater.

I do have two nits to pick though. First, while there are around a dozen or so maps, there really needs to be a lot more. Dr. Buttar provides tremendous written detail on the fighting, attacks, and counterstrokes of the campaign, but more maps accompanying his fine prose would have added greatly to my understanding. Second, I would have liked to have seen more information on the units themselves ... an order of battle perhaps, the manpower strengths of the units, the losses they took, and so on. I realize that reliable records were increasingly hard to come by at this point of the war, particularly from the German side, but some summaries during the battle would have helped put more of a face on the losses suffered by both sides. Overall, though, I did not find these nits to be fatal flaws in the book, just things I wish the author had done differently.

Overall, I give this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to history buffs with an interest in World War II, and in the Eastern Front.
Angana
I read this book after having the "Between Giants" book by Buttar. They are similar, but different. The Between Giants book is a complicated story of three countries and a bunch of kingdoms. Prussia is less complicated (though not to say uncomplicated) in its history. As a result, the "action" begins much earlier in this book, and like Between Giants, pretty much doesn't end for many hundreds of pages.

I am not an East Front expert, so I find this book interesting and I learned some new things. For example, the extent to which Germans conducted effective counter-attacks in Prussia and (in the previous book) the Baltics is amazing. Both books relate, in detail, such counter-attacks not just at the corps and army level, but even platoon and company level. I would say that, on the whole, the Germans on the Western Front for a number of reasons did not employ such tactics to such a high degree. The seemed to have had a much more static defense in the West, though I won't claim expertise.

The book attempts to be balanced, never understating German atrocities and war crimes. However, it seems to rely much more on German sources (narratives and official documents), and as a result, one has the German point of view. But this is not revisionism. There is no lack of criticism by German soldiers for the Nazi party, and sometimes there is recognition on the part of the original writer (soldier) of the crimes that Germany had committed in the East, and the expectant retaliation by the Soviets.

This book also covers in detail the retreat by sea from East Prussia of civilians and military units. Several major sinkings by Soviet subs resulted in tens of thousands of deaths at sea.

This book really goes into a lot of detail about a lot of engagements at all levels of army organization. The number of place names are dizzying - especially with an amazon kindle paperwhite where the maps are borderline useless.

Overall verdict? You have to be very interested in WW2 and military history to enjoy this book. It's not that it is poorly done, but it is at such a high level of detail, without the narrative force of say The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far, or The Last Battle, that a casual reader won't be able to follow it or stay engaged. But if you are interested, you really learn a lot and something new about tactics and operations in the East during WW2.

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