Sunday, 17 June 2007

Siegfried: The Nazis' Last Stand by Charles Whiting

A brief history of the battle for Germany's west wall. Written in narrative style with an overarching picture of the strategic position brought to life by many anecdotes and vignettes.

For me it is all the stories of how the people involved tried to cope and were dramatically changed by their experiences and not just the tales of individual heroism which brought the whole set of events to life.

I really must find out where and when my granddad was involved in this - he was in the Royal Marines.

Well written, in story telling mode rather than lecturing mode, and with a very human appreciation of the sufferings of his subjects.

Well worth a read.

3.5 out of 5.

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