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An Eclipse Without a Future
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An Eclipse Without a Future

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An Eclipse without a Future 1945 describes in great detail the fighting during the last month of WW II in northern Germany between the Weser and Elbe rivers. The remnants of Germany’s armed forces desperately fought a gigantic withdrawal action that had no practical objective. Squeezed between the American and British armies rushing eastward and the approaching Soviet behemoth, the German Heer, Waffen-SS and Marine soldiers fought desperately to salvage some semblance of an honourable peace. They were supported by foreign volunteer, Hitlerjugend and Volkssturm formations of little military value. Most of the German troops honoured their oath and fought till the bitter end, inflicting casualties on the Allied armies and laying down their lives for the Fatherland until the last day.

This book documents in great detail the desperate actions of various German units fighting to delay the Allied drive, with an emphasis on the experiences of the individual German and Allied soldiers. However, unlike in most other books, here the fates of the civilians and their localities are also described. As in all wars, there were many acts of self-sacrifice and bravery, but there were also instances of brutality and horror - on both sides. All are dealt with by the author in a balanced manner.

Thanks to the excellent research and writing ability of Ulrich Saft, the reader is given insight into the feelings and actions of the German, American and British soldiers, and German civilians. The war was obviously coming to a bad end for the Germans but it still demanded a bloody sacrifice in the last month. Willing, or unwilling, many of the participants made the sacrifice, and this book recognizes that fact.

Hardcover, 6x9, English text, 604 pages, 462 b/w photos, 106 maps and 5 orders of battle.

About Us

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.