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Where does Armor and Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Thanks to Rich for his "spot on" review. Also, his plea for more books like this instead of the drivel I scroll through every day as I look for new titles.
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If you could sum up Armor and Blood in three words, what would they be?
Leibstandarte uber alles!
What did you like best about this story?
Prof. Showalter's account of the Battle of Kursk is military history at its best. He presents a thorough narrative of the respective operational histories of the combatants during this early July, 1943 battle. Also, the author shows his deep understanding of the psyche and motivations of the opposing sides.
Try to imagine: It is dawn on July 8, 1943. You are a 20 year old SS panzergrenadier riding with your squad in the back of a halftrack on your way to try to gain a few more kilometers north towards Oboyan, towards Kursk. As you and your commrades scan the sky for apprtoaching Sturmoviks you get that dreaded feeling once more in your gut about what awaits you in a mere handful of minutes in that clearing up ahead. Belts of buried mines, T-34's buried up to their turrets; manned by condemned crews sealed inside who know they must fight to the end and probably already consider themselves dead, batteries of camoflaged 76 mm "Rach Bum's" zeroed in on the treeline your APC is about to emerge from...... What an absolutely surreal, incredible (insert any superlaive you deem appropriate), situation. The Battle of Kursk is one of those human events that can only be understood by the participants themselves. Prof. Showalter understands and respects this unalterable truth and it shows in his writing.
Armor and Blood underlines the fact that Kursk was a bloody, mechanized maelstrom unlike any battle before or since. Nothing on the Western Front even came remotely close to Kursk in sheer weight of men, materiel and utter bowel loosening terror.
What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
A understated yet authoritative narration that provided a sense of solemnity to the author's work. Mr. Dean was a good choice for this book.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The part describing the situation facing IISS Panzer Korps on the morning of the battle at Prokhorovka. It is hard to relate in words, but Prof. Showalter's writing about those few hours transported my mind so that I felt I was standing on a tall scaffolding just behind the mass of men watching and hearing this incredible human drama unfold before me. I was spellbound. As I type these words I remember the feeling I had listening to that part. That, my friends, is what a exceptional audio book can do.
Any additional comments?
Kudos to Audible for providing this book for us listeners. Less drivel about yet another shirtless, pouting, Highland bif romance and more quality writing about things / events that actually matter is always the right way to go.
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