During one of my lunch breaks, I walked into town and visited the local bookshop. At the back of the shop they have a section of bargain books which usually contains several shelves full of history books which I like to check from time to time to see if they have any good offers.
I’ve been fascinated by the story of the Battle of Stalingrad ever since I was a teenager. Back in school I did O-level history and we studied WWII. My project was Stalingrad and I had to give a presentation in which I used loads of maps, diagrams and even model figures to tell the rest of the class about that moment in history.
At the bookshop I picked up “Stalingrad: The City that defeated the Third Reich” by Jochen Hellbeck, ISBN 978-1-61039-496-3. I’m not sure what the UK cover price is but it was $29.99, I think I got it for about six quid. It’s published by Public Affairs Books.
The book tells the story in 500 pages of text, sprinkled with some black and white photos, from the viewpoint of the participants. The author is a professor of history at Rutgers University and has interviewed many people who were actually there, indeed, he runs a website – www.facingstalingrad.com which features interviews with both Russian and German survivors, male and female.
I got a second book on Stalingrad from the same shop for a few quid. This one was “Stalingrad: Day by Day“, ISBN 978-1-84884-858-0. Authored by Jason Turner and published by Pen and Sword Books, it is a more pictorial book, larger than the first, and tells the story in an almost diary form, highlighting key events on a day-to-day basis. Photos appear on just about every one of the 192 pages.
All in all a couple of handy additions to the historical warfare section of my library.