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To The Gates of Moscow With The 3rd Panzer Division
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To The Gates of Moscow With The 3rd Panzer Division

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June 22, 1941. The Invasion of Russia. For the first time, this operation is seen in full color 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 armored 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 color 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 color images and 200 b&w photos. Together with the diary entries, what emerges is a unique journal from an unusual perspective.

Hardcover, 9.25" x 11", English and German text, 560 pages, 230 colour and 200 Black & White wartime photos, 40 colour maps.


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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.