Book Review – A German General on the Eastern Front, The Letters and Diaries of Gotthard Heinrici 1941-1942

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General Heinrici is not a well-know German commander of WWII, at least in terms of others such as Rommel, but he was a very able officer. He was a professional soldier who commanded a Corps during the first two years of the War on the Eastern Front. He therefore provides a very valuable insight into the German invasion of the Soviet Union, the initial lightning successes, the first shock of a Russian winter and the blunting of the German thrusts in a vast territory. The author/editor has made a selection of the General’s papers and diary records that provide a very candid insight into the war on that front, together with Hurter’s perceptive introduction. A fascinating view and rewarding for the reader.

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