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Struggle for Pomerania
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Struggle for Pomerania

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The Struggle for Pomerania: The Last Defensive Battles in the East describes in great detail the fighting in the Baltic province of Pomerania and its evacuation from January to May 1945. Trapped between the Soviet drive toward Danzig and the Baltic Sea to the east of Pomerania and the Soviet forces dug in on the Oder River to the west, the military forces and the civilian population were almost surrounded. Plagued by inept civilian and party leadership, Himmler’s incompetent military leadership, a lack of resources, and insufficient forces to defend the province, Pomerania’s people and the soldiers defending them were doomed to suffering, and death or captivity.

In addition to providing a broad and sweeping account of the campaign in Pomerania, a number of battles and sieges are described in great detail, culminating with the final withdrawal from Pomerania. The 21-day siege of Schneidemühl, the establishment of the Bahn-Pyrits-Arnswalde blocking position, the German counterattack in operation “Sonnenwende”, the siege of Kolberg, the fighting for Fortress Stettin and the Oder crossings, the battle for the Defensive Area Swinemünde, the retreat across the Oder River, the battle at Greifswald and the withdrawal to the Island of Rügen were major components of the battle for Pomerania and are all described in the book.

Erich Murawski has written a marvelous book that has been meticulously researched and which is definitely a welcome addition to any library. The amount of previously-unknown information is truly impressive. While the author has covered the military operations exhaustively, he has not ignored the plight of the civilian population and the shameful role of the Nazi party in the evacuation of Pomerania. The stories of the treks trying to escape the Soviet onslaught are heart-breaking and put everything in perspective. ­­

English, 440 pages, 38 photos, 10 maps, plus an additional double-sided colour fold-out (one map on each side).                 


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J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing went into business in 1983 as Military Book Distributor, selling other companies’ books through the mail. Many of those books were in German, and so during the next few years a number of individuals commented on how it would be nice to see them in English. I investigated the costs and possibilities, and the first book was printed; 400 copies of a 40-page biography on Paul Hausser (how many of you own that one?). This was followed by European Volunteers, the first hard cover and first translation. And here we are now, almost 100 books later, and many more to go.

From the first day, the company’s objective was to provide translations of the very best German-language books covering the German ground forces in WW II and to publish them in a format that would last many years (hard cover, on acid-free paper, with laminated covers). It appears that we have been fairly successful.

Started as a one-man operation by John Fedorowicz, the company grew steadily until more help was needed. Over time, 3 partners came on board and we added Tiger Hobbies as a local outlet for modelers and book buyers. Eventually, as times and economic circumstances demanded, the company has returned to the original owner. However, Sharron, who came on board in 2002 as office manager, has stayed to keep me in line and on target. Ken helps with Tiger Hobbies. So here we are, John, Sharron and Ken - when you call you will get one of us.

Defying the hard economic situation, we plan to publish many more excellent books in the future and to serve your reading and modeling needs for many more years.