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I know there are a lot of East Front uber alles grogs here and I was just wondering where I might find a good account of East Front battalion or company level narratives of combat? Most of the scholarly stuff resides at a much higher level than anything CM scale and I barely played CMBB.

Thanks in advance.

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Apocal,

Penalty Strike, by Alexander Pyl'cyn. That author was, by then, a Company Commander of a Penal Battalion, composed of ex-officers, in Op Bagration. It's the nitty gritty of tactical combat by a man who feels, deeply, understands combat (was wounded several times; was mortared, shelled, went through mines, assaulted trenches, crossed rivers under fire and more) and can really write.

The title should've been Penal Strike, for that's what the text describes, but somebody screwed up. I consider Penalty Strike to be a phenomenal personal account of what it's like to be in a war, losing friends at every turn, with the weight of command heavy on one's shoulders.

Regards,

John Kettler

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Apocal,

Penalty Strike, by Alexander Pyl'cyn. That author was, by then, a Company Commander of a Penal Battalion, composed of ex-officers, in Op Bagration. It's the nitty gritty of tactical combat by a man who feels, deeply, understands combat (was wounded several times; was mortared, shelled, went through mines, assaulted trenches, crossed rivers under fire and more) and can really write.

The title should've been Penal Strike, for that's what the text describes, but somebody screwed up. I consider Penalty Strike to be a phenomenal personal account of what it's like to be in a war, losing friends at every turn, with the weight of command heavy on one's shoulders.

Regards,

John Kettler

Thx for the tip. Sounds interesting and its available for the KIndle.

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There are so many options for you but an author I came across whom I have great respect for is Walter S. Dunn. His books are well researched and he writes like a novel even though this is indeed a history book. He really explains superbly the tactics and organization of the two foes.

Soviet Blitzkrieg is where you can start.

http://www.amazon.com/Soviet-Blitzkrieg-Stackpole-Military-History/dp/081173482X/ref=pd_sim_b_3

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There are so many options for you but an author I came across whom I have great respect for is Walter S. Dunn. His books are well researched and he writes like a novel even though this is indeed a history book. He really explains superbly the tactics and organization of the two foes.

Soviet Blitzkrieg is where you can start.

http://www.amazon.com/Soviet-Blitzkrieg-Stackpole-Military-History/dp/081173482X/ref=pd_sim_b_3

+1.

I just finished "Soviet Blitzkrieg", it is an excellent overview of Bagration.

I am also reading "Hitler's Nemesis" also from Dunn which deals more generally with the Soviet Army in WW2. It is very interesting since Dunn is more interested in how the army was organised and functioned on the ground than the formal TO&E. An interesting point about the Soviets, especially once you get to 1944, is that the actual TO&E for many units differed as much from the formal TO&E as it did in the German Army.

http://www.amazon.com/Hitlers-Nemesis-1930-45-Stackpole-Military/dp/0811735435/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391116652&sr=1-2

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Crinius,

You're welcome. May I suggest you get over to I Remember, Valera Potapov's grog site? Valera was a key contributor on Russian weaponry for the Cmx1 game CMBB, and his site's a treasure. For example, here's the account of a Russian enlisted man, who then went to officer school and became an armor technical specialist and was at it, all the way up to Army level, from the Battle of Moscow through the end of the War.

Anatolij Shvebig

http://english.iremember.ru/tankers/19-anatolij-shvebig.html

Arseni Rod'kin was a tanker for many years and definitely fought in Op Bagration. He led a very exciting life, with many tanks shot out from under him; was in close combat, was bombed, tangled with StuGs, etc. Just what you're looking for!

http://english.iremember.ru/tankers/18-arseni-rodkin.html?q=%2Ftankers%2F18-arseni-rodkin.html

Regards,

John Kettler

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There are lots of good acounts, besides Penalty Strike, try Tank Rider by Bessonov and Panzer Destroyer by Krysov. I have several other accounts on my bookshelf which I've not read yet. Note that I'm not sure if these accounts cover Bagration itself, but they are good reading!

If you're interested in Stalingrad, there are many many good accounts, from the classic Enemy at the Gates to Jason Mark's "Island of Fire", which I'm reading now.

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+1.

I just finished "Soviet Blitzkrieg", it is an excellent overview of Bagration.

I am also reading "Hitler's Nemesis" also from Dunn which deals more generally with the Soviet Army in WW2. It is very interesting since Dunn is more interested in how the army was organised and functioned on the ground than the formal TO&E. An interesting point about the Soviets, especially once you get to 1944, is that the actual TO&E for many units differed as much from the formal TO&E as it did in the German Army.

http://www.amazon.com/Hitlers-Nemesis-1930-45-Stackpole-Military/dp/0811735435/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391116652&sr=1-2

Don't have this one but I do have and read "Stalin's keys to Victory" along with Dunn's Kursk book.

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Other books on my shelf include:

Red Road from Stalingrad--Abdulin

800 Days on the Eastern Front--Litvin

Through the Maelstrom--Gorbachevsky

Eastern Inferno: The Journals of a German Panzerjager on the Eastern Front, 1941-43--Roth

I haven't read these yet, so can't vouch for them.

There is also a two volume set called "Love and War" by Nicholas, who was an American who fought in the Red Army, including in Bagration, as a tanker. Haven't read it yet, either.

All of the books above are on Amazon.

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I"ve also got some Russian accounts which I haven't read yet, including memoirs of several generals (including Rokossovsky, Zhukov, Eremenko, Sandalov, and Batov) and other books such as "Platoon, prepare to attack!" and "Diary of an SU gunner".

I have no idea when I'll have the time to read all of this...

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