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On a Knifes Edge The Battle Of Stalingrad Was The Turning Point Of World War II The German Capture Of The City, Their Encirclement By Soviet Forces Shortly Afterwards, And The Hard Fought But Futile Attempts To Relieve Them, Saw Bitter Attritional Fighting And Extremes Of Human Misery Inflicted On Both Sides The Surrender Of General Friedrich Von Paulus S Army Left Germany S Eastern Armies Severely Weakened, But The Red Army Had Suffered Enormous Losses As It Overreached Itself In Trying To Exploit Its Great Victory The War Was Not Over Germany Would Continue The Fight, And The Battles That Took Place In The Winter Of Would Show The Tactical And Operational Skill Of Erich Von Manstein And The Wehrmacht As They Attempted To Avert Total DisasterIn This Title, Prit Buttar, A Renowned Expert On Warfare On The Eastern Front, Reveals The Often Overlooked German Counteroffensive Post Stalingrad, And How It Prevented The Whole Axis Front Line From Collapsing Drawing On First Hand Accounts, On A Knife S Edge Is A Story Of Brilliant Generalship, Lost Opportunities And Survival In The Harshest Theatre Of War

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 464 pages
  • On a Knifes Edge
  • Prit Buttar
  • 26 December 2018

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About the Author: Prit Buttar

Prit Buttar studied medicine at Oxford and London before joining the British Army as a doctor After leaving the army, he has worked as a GP, first near Bristol and now in Abingdon He is extensively involved in medical politics, both at local and national level, and served on the GPs Committee of the British Medical Association He appears from time to time on local and national TV and radio, sp

10 thoughts on “On a Knifes Edge

  1. says:

    Having despised history at school, mainly due to the teacher and not the subject, I made a conscious decision to try and learn about important historical topics myself No one was surprised than me when I found I actually loved learning about such topics Prit Buttar is an Oxford educated general practitioner and considered an expert on the Eastern Front in 20th century military history On a Knife s Edge focuses on an often overlooked part of the World War II conflict and explores in detail the impact of the war on the Ukraine.This is a meticulously researched book which certainly comes across as though it would have taken a huge effort and amount of time to compile On the whole, this is a thoroughly engaging and in depth exploration of the impact of WWII on Ukraine from November 1942 March 1943 It is highly detailed, complex and complicated but that is exactly what you would expect with such a volatile, dangerous and ever changing situation on the Eastern Front This may be a book to dip in and out of at leisure as it is intense and full of different people whose German and Russian names make them easy to confuse with one another I did often think that it felt rather disjointed because of all of the information we are supplied with and it made for a slow and sometimes tedious read However, if you are particularly interested in WWII, the Eastern Front or history of the Ukraine, I m sure this will be very enjoyable, and I have much admiration for Buttar taking the time to make this as authentic as possible It s definitely worth the read Many thanks to Osprey Publishing for an ARC I was not required to post a review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  2. says:

    Prit Buttar produces a very well documented look into the nature of the mid to latter part of the Fascist invasion of the Soviet Union While this is exceedingly well researched the material does tend to favour German and Italian accounts it is worth the read The perspective is based on those accounts concentrating on Fascist reorganization in the face of a number of significant defeats There are some good Soviet references as well and in some cases good modern Russian sources The problem appears to be that the sense of what the average Italian or German soldier felt is adequately covered The Soviet soldier however although quoted in abundance is not given the same sense of a lived experience Not that this is Buttar s fault, merely there are always avenues to develop our understanding of the historical events A serious gap is not presenting to readers that this was essentially a war of extermination and expulsion, where Slavs were a temporary fixture that would eventually be erased from the landscape As such the difference is not merely of two sides fighting, one side was fighting for much than victory while the other showed no humanity than the bubonic plague Those not killed today would be tomorrows massacre and refugees Efforts to show some restraint were merely to seek tactical advantage in the short term While Soviet forces committed errors it was not a force of out right annhilation short term or long term.

  3. says:

    Another excellent work by the leading current expert on the Eastern Front Make no mistake, On A Knife s Edge is not an easy read Many times I found myself having to reread passages and refer to maps, as the volume of information regarding units, armies, formations and leaders was almost insurmountable That being said, Buttar has always excelled at the placement of his personal accounts It was particularly eye opening to this reader the horrible fate of the Hungarian, Romanian and Italian armies, and Germany s lack of support for them In the vastness of the Russian steppe, it is easy to picture how entire units were simply swallowed up and destroyed in the battles post Stalingrad On A Knife s Edge is highly recommended however, if you are new to the Eastern Front, it would be helpful to do some light reading to grasp the overall political climate and understand the deep seeded hatred between the Communists and the Nazi Socialists This truly was a war of survival and extermination.

  4. says:

    Buttar has given us a highly detailed about a phase of World War II that is not as well known as other theaters It is detailed and complex with very confusing Russian and German names The complex nature of the comflict does not allow for a flowing narrative that at times seems rambling Not an easy read.

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