Hell'S Gate: The Battle of the Cherkassy Pocket, January-February 1944 (Hardback)Douglas E. Nash (author)
Hardback 420 Pages / Published: 01/11/2009
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Virtually unknown in the English-speaking world, the Battle of Cherkassy Pocket (also known as the Korsun Pocket) is still talked about in Russia and Germany. Although small in scale compared to the gigantic battles of Moscow, Stalingrad and Kursk, the Battle of the Cherkassy Pocket occupies a prominent place in the Russo-German conflict of World War II. It was at Cherkassy where the last German offensive strength in the Ukraine was drained away, creating the conditions for the victorious Soviet advance into Poland, Romania, and the Balkans during the summer and autumn of 1944. Eclipsed by a war of such gigantic proportions, the fighting along the banks of the Gniloy Tickich river should have faded into obscurity. However, to the 60,000 German soldiers who were encircled there at the end of January 1944, this was perhaps one of the most brutal, physically exhausting, and morally demanding battles they had ever experienced. The battle exemplified the cruelty of combat on the Eastern Frontm and perhap the lunacy of Hitler's orders. When the battle officially ended on February 19th, just over half the German soliders managed to escape. The culmination of years of research, with many interviews with survivors, Hell's Gate is a riveting hour-by-hour and day-by-day account of this desperate struggle. The battle is analysed on a tactical level, through maps and military transcripts, as well as on a personal level, through the words of the enlisted men and officers who risked the roaring waters of the Gniloy Tickich to avoid certain death at the hands of their Soviet foe.
Publisher: RZM Imports,U.S.
Number of pages: 420
Weight: 1814 g
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 35 mm
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