In January 1942, south of Lake Ilmen, the 16th German Army clashed with the Morozov’s 11th Soviet Army for possession of the strategic Russian city of Stelaia In this battle, which has gone almost unnoticed in studies of the Eastern Front, the Blue Division (Spanish volunteers) intervened with the 250th Skier Company. The Spaniards, along with their German and Latvian comrades, endured hard fighting in extreme winter conditions. In addition to providing a strategic framework of the battle itself, including the Soviet perspective, this book also looks at the human aspect of the battle, by analysing a selection of the volunteers who fought in it.
LAKE ILMEN 1942 The Wehrmacht Front to the Red Army
This WWII combat history sheds light on the Battle for Staraya Russa, in which German soldiers and Spanish volunteers bitterly fought the Red Army.This book’s strength lies in its coverage of a relatively small unit and personal tales of service, combat, and survival. It is superbly illustrated, including many images from personal collections. Originally published in Spain, the translation work is excellent, with a smooth narrative throughout