Gates of Hell, new book

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Gates of Hell, new book

Post by Andy H » 25 May 2002 20:16

I've just ordered Gates of Hell by G.Forty which is a day-by-day account of the Kamenets-Podolsky battle in Jan-Feb 1944.

Has anyone read this book yet and have any comments?

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Post by Andy H » 26 May 2002 11:27

What a Pig's Ear I made off that first post, trying to do two things at once.

Should have said Hell's Gate by Douglas E.Nash, The Battle of Cherkassy Pocket Jan'44-Feb'44

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Post by Richard Murphy » 26 May 2002 14:49

I did wonder!!!! :lol:

I haven't got it yet (It's on my birthday wish list!!)

Regards from a soggy/sunny/soggy/sunny (Don't you just love British Summer Time!!) Park,

Rich

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Post by Andy H » 26 May 2002 19:15

Rich

I could be under a dark cloud if my wife finds out-it cost $65.00 (£47.00).

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Post by Richard Murphy » 26 May 2002 23:45

Start practising the excuses!! (For ideas, see the "Am I the only one?" thread in this section.)

Best wishes,

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Post by Andy H » 20 Jul 2002 21:05

Six bloody weeks and it finally arrives from the USA, think the pigeon got lost :lol:

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Post by Richard Murphy » 21 Jul 2002 11:23

Probably went via MK. (Our mail regularly takes at least two weeks to find it's way to its destination!

What's your initial impression (Lot's of appendices/OoB's?)? I also tend to form an initially impression fron the length and detail of the Index.

Regards from the Park,

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Post by Andy H » 21 Jul 2002 19:58

Hi Richard only had a quick flick at it looks promising.


Appendix 1 German OoB (2pages)

A2 Russian OoB (3pages) interesting listing of indep units etc.

A3 German Rank equivalents

A4 Surrender leaflet from the Free German comimitee

A5 Glossary

A6 Breakout orders from Gruppe Stemmermann

A7 Unit strength listing after the breakout

A8 Synopsis of Luftwaffe support efforts

A9 Comparative strength listings

A10 Knights Cross award winners during the battle (2Pages)

A11 Correlation of forces involved.

A decent full Biblio at the end.

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Post by Richard Murphy » 21 Jul 2002 21:15

As there doesn't seem to be an emoticon for it, i'll just say it;

DROOOLLL!!

Christmas, maybe!

Regards,

Rich

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Hi Guys!

Post by David C. Clarke » 26 Jul 2002 17:20

Hi Guys, I've been reading "Hells' Gate" slowly. It's a truly monumental
work. It's sort of obviously pro-German but the scholarship is first-rate.
One of those books you don't regret spending the money on!! Best Regards, David

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Post by Dan W. » 03 Aug 2002 17:38

Here is a review (the only one) I copied from a reader at Amazon.com:

This is an epic work that covers a forgoten battle from a forgoten war... Soviets v.s. 3rd Reich in yet another battle to the death... Two months in 1944 that went mostly unnoticed by all, except those who were actually there...

Yet somehow, Col Nash manages to bring this "lost" battle to life, re-telling the tale in minute and fascinating detail. He shows us the players, the setting, the story... he draws us in, and makes us feel part of the struggle.

I am very impressed with this book! Firstly, it is HUGE! Almost "coffee table book" in size, it is literally bursting with rare photos, detailed organizational charts and informative maps and charts. Second, it is packed with invaluable and otherwise impossible to find information. Third, it is masterfully writen... Col Nash has re-invented the military history book! This is no dry listing of dusty facts... this is an exquisite retelling of history... a true "page turner" that draws you in and holds your attention until the last page! The best history book I have ever read, military or otherwise. I give this book my highest and most enthusiastic rating, especilly to students of WWII and/or the Russian Front.



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