Casemate's The Vistula-Oder Offensive

Author/Artists: Ian Baxter




$28.95 MSRP from Casemate


Scott Van Aken

Notes: 128 pages,  softcover, over 100 photos and illustrations. 7x 10 inches.
ISBN: 978-1-63624-359-7

One of the last major Soviet offensive operations against the German army was the Vistula-Oder Offensive. These two rivers were the last major geographic obstacles standing in the way to being able to assault the capital city of Berlin. By this time in the war, the German army was a mere shadow of its former self. Most troops were poorly trained and many cases they were the young and the old, called up to fill ever-dwindling units.

Against them were experienced troops who had overwhelming superiority in terms of both equipment and numbers. Frankly, nothing would be able to stop the juggernaut and it was this particular campaign which the author believes was the greatest loss of the German army during the war. Indeed, this offensive would see the Soviet army move forward nearly 300 miles from its starting point and set up the final drive to Berlin.

This particular volume follows the format of previous books in this series. It is mostly photographs with some well done drawings and a few maps. It covers the situation just prior to the offensive as well as the condition of the two forces just prior to the battle. It then provides several chapters on the progress of the operation in various sectors as well as the overall outcome. Within the book are small sections that focus on specific forces or specialties or personalities. Though you are provided with a general history of events, it is the photographs that are really what makes this book special.

As with other books in this series, it is a very good read and well worth picking up. I do recommend it and am sure you will be pleased.

February 2024

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