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Where the Iron Crosses Grow Audiobook

Where the Iron Crosses Grow: The Crimea 1941-44

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Publisher's Summary

The Crimea was one of the crucibles of the war on the Eastern Front, where first a Soviet and then a German army were surrounded, fought desperate battles, and were eventually destroyed. The fighting in the region was unusual for the Eastern Front in many ways, in that naval supply, amphibious landings, and naval evacuation played major roles, while both sides were also conducting ethnic cleansing as part of their strategy - the Germans eliminating the Jews and the Soviets purging the region of Tartars.

From 1941, when the Soviets first created the Sevastopol fortified region, the Crimea was a focal point of the war in the East. German forces under the noted commander Manstein conquered the area in 1941-42, which was followed by two years of brutal colonization and occupation before the Soviet counteroffensive in 1944 destroyed the German 17th Army.

©2014 Robert Forczyk (P)2015 Tantor

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    lrbell Chitown 04-19-15
    lrbell Chitown 04-19-15 Listener Since 2008

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    "Good but wordy"

    The story and the region are great. What should be left out was the spelling out of each and every title, caliber of gun, and affiliation to platoon, company, regiment, or battalion. A nice map as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JT Hope 11-23-15
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    "Might be a good book..."

    Hard to tell, because of the ridiculously horrid narrator. Absolutely pitiful. Painful to listen to. Gonna try to read the book. Don't buy this audiobook.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    richard los angeles, cA, United States 02-19-15
    richard los angeles, cA, United States 02-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "names, places,troop strength and commanders"

    This book is for the hardcore military historian who enjoys reading the statistics of a military campaign. It start with interesting overview of the regions history with an enticing nod to what happening there today, but quickly, or too quickly for me, became a monotonous compilation of what battalion was where, how many and what kind of weaponry they had and who commanded them. Mr Pritchard did a fine job in my opinion, but given the material I had to give up on this one.

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    carol 03-28-15
    carol 03-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Too dull don't recommend"

    This sounded like a text book. There was almost no sense of the people or there ordeals. Just too dull

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    ryan j diamond 06-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Superb History"

    Sure h a great and informative piece of work, I found many facts that I had not previously known, and the narrator kept me engaged in the story throughout, highly recommended.

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    Hein Du Plessis Cape Town, South Africa 05-13-16
    Hein Du Plessis Cape Town, South Africa 05-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Hard work"

    80% Of the book is like a dump of a detailed event log of the Crimean wars. Hard to get through. Very few stories of what happened on the ground, earning those iron crosses.

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    Saman Houston, TX, United States 12-13-15
    Saman Houston, TX, United States 12-13-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Remarkable story with too much noise …"

    I recently had an opportunity to listen to this story on Audible. I have an absolute fascination for true WWII stories such as Soldat, Japanese Destroyer Captain and many other numerous Holocaust survival biographies. I jumped in with both feet to experience the years of horror unleashed in Central Europe to understand a little more about the engagements between the Wehrmacht and Red Army.

    Even though this is a well written history of the Crimean theater, it suffers from the mentioning of numerous individuals both important and less so, battalions, brigades, divisions and armies. Many acronyms of organizations also confuse the story further. Numerous locations within the Crimea where relentless battles took place back and forth are also listed in minutiae. Sadly, the author does not give sufficient accounts of individual foot soldier experiences whilst providing some high-level command discourse and thinking. That is not to say, all experiences are ignored as there are many cases of bravery and sacrifice detailed within the pages. However, the history feels very clinical and removed from the personal experiences of individuals in horrific bloody battles.

    I believe that this a book is better served for a reader than a listener. Perhaps then with context such as detailed maps and images of locations and individuals the story can be better digested. The narration of this book is extremely poor adding to my negative experience.

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    Keaton 04-14-15
    Keaton 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great unknown history!"

    Excellent history relevant to today s news. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxx xxx xxx xx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard E. Putt Jr. Cincinnati Ohio 04-03-15
    Richard E. Putt Jr. Cincinnati Ohio 04-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Too dull for the dead"
    What disappointed you about Where the Iron Crosses Grow?

    The minutia overshadowed the story.


    What could Robert Forczyk have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The amount of details shared were numerous and overly complex. Who cares about how deep a ditch is or the x2bY1 version of the T34 tank.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance was fine, good narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Worst Audiobook Ever"
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    The narration of this book is so bad I could not listen to it. I've come back to it 3 times but it sounds like it's being read by a Robot. An awful performance that's ruined what is probably a good book.

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  • Border Collie
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    "Interesting theater of WW2"
    What did you like best about Where the Iron Crosses Grow? What did you like least?


    I was occasionally confused by following the ebb and flow of the campaigns.


    What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?

    What I liked best was the excellent pronunciation of Russian and German places, equipment and names. It makes such a difference to enjoyment of an audible book. I speak fluent German and the German was all perfect.


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  • Scott Sibbald
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    "Good listen and history repeating itself again?"

    The pronunciation of artillery and infantry in dialogs is really old school out dated but otherwise a good listen

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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