Where the Iron Crosses Grow

  • by Robert Forczyk
  • Narrated by Michael Prichard
  • 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Crimea was one of the crucibles of the war on the Eastern Front, where first a Soviet and then a German army were surrounded, fought desperate battles, and were eventually destroyed. The fighting in the region was unusual for the Eastern Front in many ways, in that naval supply, amphibious landings, and naval evacuation played major roles, while both sides were also conducting ethnic cleansing as part of their strategy - the Germans eliminating the Jews and the Soviets purging the region of Tartars.
From 1941, when the Soviets first created the Sevastopol fortified region, the Crimea was a focal point of the war in the East. German forces under the noted commander Manstein conquered the area in 1941-42, which was followed by two years of brutal colonization and occupation before the Soviet counteroffensive in 1944 destroyed the German 17th Army.


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Good but wordy

The story and the region are great. What should be left out was the spelling out of each and every title, caliber of gun, and affiliation to platoon, company, regiment, or battalion. A nice map as well.
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- lrbell

names, places,troop strength and commanders

This book is for the hardcore military historian who enjoys reading the statistics of a military campaign. It start with interesting overview of the regions history with an enticing nod to what happening there today, but quickly, or too quickly for me, became a monotonous compilation of what battalion was where, how many and what kind of weaponry they had and who commanded them. Mr Pritchard did a fine job in my opinion, but given the material I had to give up on this one.
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- richard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio