• On a Knife’s Edge

  • The Ukraine, November 1942-March 1943
  • By: Prit Buttar
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (120 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The battle of Stalingrad was the turning point of World War II. The German capture of the city, their encirclement by Soviet forces shortly afterwards, and the hard-fought but futile attempts to relieve them, saw bitter attritional fighting and extremes of human misery inflicted on both sides.

The surrender of General Friedrich von Paulus's army left Germany's eastern armies severely weakened, but the Red Army had suffered enormous losses as it overreached itself in trying to exploit its great victory. The war was not over. Germany would continue the fight, and the battles that took place in the winter of 1942/43 would show the tactical and operational skill of Erich von Manstein and the Wehrmacht as they attempted to avert total disaster.

In this title, a renowned expert on warfare on the Eastern Front reveals the often-overlooked German counteroffensive post-Stalingrad, and how it prevented the whole Axis front line from collapsing.

Drawing on firsthand accounts, On a Knife's Edge is a story of brilliant generalship, lost opportunities, and survival in the harshest theater of war.

©2018 Prit Buttar (P)2019 Tantor

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Best of its kind!

I listen to these books all the time. This is the best one in the genre! Someone sign this guy to a multi-book deal; I can’t wait for more! Thanks

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very good overview of the 42/43 time period

good weaving of strategic overview of Manstine and STAVKA with personal "on the ground" accounts. well done

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interesting book

It's a comprehensive treatment of the Eastern Front during this period. It would be easy to just talk about Stalingrad, but thankfully the book avoids that trap.

The only real downside to this book is the subject matter - it covers large military operations, with frequent geographical references. This is not an audio friendly topic.

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  • 09-12-20

One of the best book

One of the best book (or even the best) I ever read about the Eastern Front. Excellent book, excellent narrator.
Prit Buttar is an absolutely fantastic historian. Congrats for his work. And thank you for publishing it.

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  • A l Atkins
  • 04-21-20

Great narrator

Read alot of this kinda topic.
this is up there with the best.
if you have read Stalingrad it's a great follow on.

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  • Iain D. Metcalfe
  • 02-15-21

Awful narration

I’m sorry but I just couldn’t finish listening to this book. The subject matter was right up my street. The narrator, bless him, sounded like he was at the front of a stage giving a booming heartfelt Shakespearean speech. A monosyllabic drone delivered too loudly. Quite the worst spoken book I have ever partly listened to. Sorry.

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  • 02-02-21

The narrator ruined it for me

What is clearly an very well written book, is for me ruined by the narration. He speaks as though English is not his first language. His inflection is extremely poor, and pronunciations odd to say the least. All
of which makes every sentence difficult to follow, without more concentration than I would like.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-20

Fascinating

Long listen but fascinating. Shocking in parts, cruelty and horror of war described in cold detail. The Generals were mostly supine when it came to facing down Hitler's mad campaign in the East.

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  • Mitty
  • 12-05-20

Interesting, but very long!

A very long book and I found it a bit confusing at times to be honest, it didn't seem to flow very well and the monotone reader didn't help (I actually wondered if it was computer generated!) - it does have some gems of information and experience in it, so I don't regret having invested so much time in it.