Breakout at Stalingrad (Hardback)Heinrich Gerlach (author)
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“All this material is so deftly handled and so well constructed that it is astonishing that Breakout from Stalingrad is Gerlach’s first at fiction.” – David Mills, The Sunday Times
Stalingrad. The very word conjures the deepest horror of warfare, as some 300,000 German soldiers were gradually – and harrowingly – cut down to a mere 91,000 in the hellish wastes of a frozen Russian winter. Combat, disease, starvation and exposure tore apart the most feared, technically-advanced fighting force on the planet, their ranks finally understanding the true merciless thinking of the Nazi war machine.
Breakout at Stalingrad is the insider story. Heinrich Gerlach – originally a soldier of the 14th Panzer Division – wrote the book’s manuscript as a Russian prisoner of war. The text was however confiscated by his Russian captors, forcing Gerlach to rewrite the book from memory as the now long out of print classic, The Forsaken Army.
Remarkably, in 2012, academic Carsten Gansel stumbled across the manuscript in the Russian State Military Archive and Breakout at Stalingrad is the result of that find. Far more brutal and visceral than The Forsaken Army, this is the story of ordinary German combatants gradually coming to terms with the depravity of a regime they themselves form a part.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 720
Dimensions: 228 x 145 mm
"Only life reaches this sort of depth and variety... an exceptional, powerful and moving work." - The Sunday Times
"One of the greatest novels of the Second World War." - The Times.
"Anyone who wants an idea of what Stalingrad was really like should read this book. Gerlach records the lives and feelings of soldiers of all ranks." - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.