Kiev 1941: Hitler's Battle for Supremacy in the East

Written by:
David Stahel
Narrated by:
Matthew Waterson

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2019
14 hours 2 minutes
In just four weeks in the summer of 1941 the German Wehrmacht wrought unprecedented destruction on four Soviet armies, conquering central Ukraine and killing or capturing three quarters of a million men. This was the Battle of Kiev-one of the largest and most decisive battles of World War II and, for Hitler and Stalin, a battle of crucial importance. For the first time, David Stahel charts the battle's dramatic course and aftermath, uncovering the irreplaceable losses suffered by Germany's 'panzer groups' despite their battlefield gains, and the implications of these losses for the German war effort. He illuminates the inner workings of the German army as well as the experiences of ordinary soldiers, showing that with the Russian winter looming and Soviet resistance still unbroken, victory came at huge cost and confirmed the turning point in Germany's war in the East.
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Insightful as a counter-narrative on German military achievement, yet the author does seem to overdo it at times. On the other hand, the account of the petty rivalries of German generals is striking. Yet the audiobook has one decisive drawback: German terms and names are generally mispronounced, sometimes beyond recognition. Actually, Waterson is a good narrator, yet here he certainly could have needed more reading instructions from the publisher, or they could have chosen a speaker who is apt with German, like Leighton Pugh.

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