June 22, 1941. The Invasion of Russia. For the first time, this operation is seen in full colour through the eyes of German Medical Officer, Lieutenant Herman Turk. During his time with the 3rd Panzer Division, he kept a written and visual record of his experiences. The armoured division attacked near Brest-Litovsk and continued on to engage in fierce fighting at the Beresina and Dniepr. Dr. Turk continued his diary as the division then turned southward to close the Kiev pocket and prepare for the assault on Moscow. In these insightful and unvarnished entries, he described the advance on Orel and the inevitable arrival of the unforgiving Russian winter.
To illustrate these events, he took over 450 colour slides, as well as b&w photos. A remarkable undertaking, as his duties tending the wounded and dying were surely overwhelming at times. At the end of 1941, the advance halted within sight of the Soviet capital. Both photos and writing ceased at this time as well, as Dr. Turk was severely wounded. From this amazing collection, the publisher has chosen 230 colour images and 200 b&w photos. Together with the diary entries, what emerges is a unique journal from an unusual perspective.
This is a very well written and well researched book that covers a rather small but still very interesting subject. Here we follows Assistenzarzt Dr. Hermann Türk’s via his diaries from the first six months of Barbarossa. He served with the 3rd Panzer Division, during which he kept a written and visual record of his experiences. We see action at Brest-Litovsk, Berezina and Dnieper. Dr. Türk also captures the pivot to the south to close the Kiev pocket. Its ends in the winter on the outskirts of Moscow and Orel when he was wounded. His diary is supplemented by unit diaries, official reports, AAR and other sources.
Dr Türk took over 450 colour slides, as well as numerous b&w photos of this episode of the war in the east. From this amazing collection, the publisher has chosen 230 colour images and 200 b&w photos. They have been supplied with detailed and relevant captions. The photos are high quality reproductions and the colour shots simply looks amazing.
It’s a massive tome. Nearly 4kg, printed in landscape format on high quality semi-gloss paper and its fully bilingual in German and English. This is a amazing book and a must have for Ostfront and Barbarossa grogs. Luftfahrtverlag START keeps delivering World War 2 history at the highest standards!
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