What I appreciated most about this work was its connection to the history and reality of its setting. Also compelling was how sane people managed to live and at least partially adapt to an environment that was, to most of us, incomprehensible and not sane.
It is definitive for its subject, and therefore cannot be jingoistic or sugar coated. A world that most of us will thankfully never experience is described, although the human and administrative failings are transposable to things most of us have seen.
How good people deal with difficulty is also story many will relate to, as is the too common story of imperfect and sometimes failed leadership. This is a world where the author, and his fellow soldiers, lived. Some died. Many were injured. All were impacted. Most of those who were there will live with these impacts for the rest of their lives.
The reader will also see both perseverance and endurance. In that environment, this is a triumph. I was enthralled by this story of those who succeeded, “in spite of it all.”