It would be easy to write this one of as the sort of book you often find in one of those bargain book shops in your struggling high street. You know, the sort of thing Auntie Mildred gives you for Christmas as an easy option because she knows you’re a bit odd liking all that war stuff.
This would be unfair on the author, because in actual fact, there is a lot going on between the covers and I enjoyed working my way through it. The package comes with well paced text and interesting captions. The crucial elements are the photographs which are pretty good for an all encompassing book which inevitably make it something of a catch-all. I suppose at times I would have liked the images to have been more dynamic, but what matters is authenticity. There are no cheap or easy shots. So, in the end, what we have is a thoroughly decent book. It is reasonably priced and easy to read. It will make you want to explore the war in the East further and so ultimately it has done its job. Top marks.
STALINGRAD DAY BY DAY
By Jason Turner
Published in hardback by Pen & Sword Military £19.99
ISBN: 978 1 84884 858 0