With just three hours left I finally gave up when the discussion went on and on about the specifications of German and Russian tanks. Overcome by boredom, I just quit. This is a hard book to audio, given the reams of statistics. It's especially tough to audio while driving. I found myself using the back button a lot to get the numbers. I'll admit that it's pretty hard to cover all of WWII in one book, but this is very England-centric and barely mentions the war in the Pacific. Short chapters on Pearl Harbor and The Battle of Midway, but that's about it. The performance was good...particularly nice impressions of Churchill!
My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.
Reading about different past wars is one of my genres that I like to keep up to date with. It is something that I have been interested in for a long time. The Second World War has always been a fascination of mine because it was so complex and was a pinnacle in our world history.
Reading beyond the battle field and beyond that tactical front what interests me the most. This title does not disappoint because you learn more what went on behind close doors. You also learn about the suffering from ordinary people in their day to day lives during this period of time.
The book couldn't be any better because the author is re releasing the facts, but the book would had been complete if there were more explanations of "why's".
If you are picking up "The Storm of War", you already know the basic fundamentals of the Second World War. This book is not for novice readers because it doesn't explains on the why's, but rely on the facts.
I caught on to many name errors such as General der Flieger Kurt Student being referred to as "Karl Student". The author also could NOT keep German terms correctly. He was constantly mixing up the differences between Wehrmacht, Heer, Luftwaffe, OKW, OKH, ect... This was an absolute disaster when trying to keep German commanders and operations separated. Example: He kept writing things like 'The Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe'. Wehrmacht is the German term for the combined military forces; Heer (Army), Luftwaffe (Air Force), Kriegsmarine (Navy), and Waffen-SS (Combat Forces of the SS). The OKW controlled them all, the OKH was in charge of the Heer. Any student of World War Two history will know that if these terms aren't used correctly, the work will be riddled with errors which is what happened here.
I did enjoy the fact that the book did bring to light that the Soviets killed more Jews and civilians than the Germans ever did. I'm not defending the Germans, they were bad too but I hate how the Soviets are always painted as such wonderful men in many WW2 books. Ask the Polish their thoughts on the Russians during and after the war. This is a proven fact swept under the rug for years by the victors. I'd like to say the Author remained non-bias by doing this but on the other hand he made plenty of unjust jabs at the French. I'm not French nor a fan of French action or leaders during the war but I do not enjoy bias in any book as a student of history. I want the cut and dry truth, not everyone's opinion.
I was also a bit upset at the lack of depth on many major battles. For example Unternehmen Merkur (The German airborne invasion of Crete - Operation Mercury) was incredibly short and lacking in many facts that should have been added to this book. This is also where I kept getting very annoyed at Kurt Student being called "Karl Student" repetitively. This was one of the largest airborne operations in history and it was summarized in a couple minutes. This operation has so many devastating affects on the Germans that it NEEDS to be detailed! To summarize: The delay of Operation Barbarossa causing the Germans to be ground to a halt outside Moscow due to the Russian winter, the lost of confidence in major airborne operations, the loss of so many German transport aircraft and highly trained Fallschrimjager, and the list can go on.
My last note as that the narrator did an OK job but I was terribly annoyed with his accents when reading for characters, especially the German ones.
If you want a quality book, I highly recommend: 'The Second World War' by Keegan.
Yes. As long as the listener knows he is getting a British perspective on the European Theatre it is a fine history.
Some alternative strategies were discussed. Nazi ideology's influence on German strategy was well presented.
The discussion of Blitzkrieg in France. Beating the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys is always fun.
Perhaps a second volume that examines the war in the Pacific would be worth it.
Inventor with successful invention. Listen to my books while at the gym. Good for my brain!
I grew up thinking WWII was akin to a club-med camping trip. (But that's what our Gov. wanted us to think.) I'm sure this book didn't tell everything that went on. But like Gen. Sherman of the Civil War once said; "War is hell!" And he wasn't kidding! Good book.
I had to adjust to the strong British accent. But once I got used to it. . . I was hooked!