This is a revised edition of the original book, To The Gates of Moscow with the 3rd Panzer Division. There are now an additional 48 pages and 80 new photos. This is now available in two volumes – Part 1 & 2. The book has been re-edited with the revisions added throughout both Part 1 & 2 of the books.
How did the soldiers of the Wehrmacht really experience the attack on the Soviet Union and the battles that followed? Few books on the subject provide an honest answer. This book (two volumes) delivers a real view of events. Assistenzsarzt Dr Türk’s unabbreviated diary entries from the year 1941, supplemented by documentary supporting text, 40 colour maps, and a large number of his colour slides represent a unique documentation. It provides an exemplary and genuine view, unaffected by postwar influences or a selective choice of materials, of how many soldiers of the Wehrmacht perceived the first six months of the campaign in the east.
Take part in the attack near Brest-Litovsk, experience the fierce fighting at the Beresina and the Dniepr, march south with the division to close the Kiev pocket, and prepare for the assault on Moscow. Then follows the advance on Orel, and the arrival of the snow and cold. You stand with the soldiers in the icy trenches in front of Tula and witness the house-to-house fighting in the mining town of Bolokhovka. One cannot escape Dr Türk’s haunting diary entries. They do not spare the reader, instead, they provide extraordinary insights and allow the reader to feel the events as they were.
Here one can read what fathers and grandfathers experienced in the Russian campaign but never spoke of at home. This book will hopefully spur those born later, those who were spared this inferno, to reflect, for the majority of the frontline soldiers in Russia did not go voluntarily into this struggle.
The book supplied will have a German cover, but the content of all Luftfahrtverlag-Start’s books is dual English & German.
Part One: Axel Urbanke & Dr. Hermann Türk. Hard cover. Landscape format. 312 pages. 291 photographs (135 in colour). 17 colour maps.
Part Two: Axel Urbanke & Dr. Hermann Türk. Hard cover. Landscape format. English and German text. 304 pages. 227 photos (117 in colour). 26 colour maps.