Life and Death on the Eastern Front
Imprint: Greenhill Books
288 Pages, 6.7 x 9.6 in, 260 color illustrations
- March 2022
- In Stock
Collated into three parts and organized thematically, the book begins with images of the ground war, including Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union and the tanks, vehicles, weaponry and infantry on both sides. Moving into the war in the skies, the images depict aircraft in flight and on the ground, the bombers, fighters, Luftwaffe personnel and the destruction wrought from battle. And finally, the images take us behind the lines, to the prisoners of war, partisans, medics, the daily lives and leisure activities of soldiers and civilians along the front and the impact of the harsh Russian winter.
Accompanied by text by renowned author and commentator Anthony Tucker-Jones, these images offer a rare, often surprising insight into the realities of the Second World War and people caught up in it, in vivid color detail.
"The authors combed through a collection of 32,000 color pictures taken between 1938 and 1946 to find these illustrations of the Eastern Front. It is uncommon in the Western world to see color photographs of the war between Germany and the Soviet Union, and the ones in this book are well-organized and chosen." ~WWII History Magazine
"Can there ever be enough great reference books out there for one's collection? Every time I think the answer is yes, something like this comes out. I was floored by the impressive color images I saw throughout. Sure — some were a bit blurred (although these were usually of subjects in motion) — but considering these images are in and around 80 years old, it is very difficult to have cause to complain. It has inspired me to try out some ideas for some dioramas and work on some stuff from the stash. A really excellent resource if you are interested at all in the Eastern Front! Highly Recommended for builders and historians at all levels." ~Michael Reeves, The Armor Modeling and Preservation Society
"The finest collection of original WW2 colour images I think I have ever see in one book. Highly recommended." ~Military Model Scene
"...the color helps you pop out some details that might be lost in black and white. The captions identify equipment, vehicles, and sometimes dates as best as can be determined." ~Historical Miniatures Gaming Society
"There are lots and lots of photos that will inspire many dioramas." ~IPMS/USA
"...will be of interest to both modelers and military historians alike." ~AMPS Indianapolis
"'This incredible visual record of life and death along the Eastern Front draws from the PIXPAST Archive collated by Ian Stewart Spring, with 250 images of Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union and the tanks, vehicles, weaponry and infantry on both sides. The images take us behind the lines, to the prisoners of war, partisans, medics, the daily lives and leisure activities of soldiers and civilians along the front and the impact of the harsh Russian winter. Life and Death on the Eastern Front offers a rare, often surprising insight into the realities of the Second World War and people caught up in it, in vivid colour detail." ~UnseenHistories.com
"Color photos from WWII are relatively rare, but these are particularly unique: the critical war on the Eastern Front … at first the Germans and their Allies (Romanians, Bulgarians, Hungarians, Italians, even some Spanish troops) overwhelmed the Soviets. These photos show their planes, tanks, armored cars, cannons and field artillery pieces, semi-tracks, half-tracks and dedicated armored personnel carriers. It also shows destroyed Soviet tanks and vehicles and planes, and discouraged Soviet POWs being processed … Most interesting were the pictures of medics and nurses, Soviet civilians, and ordinary soldiers. There are graves adorned by helmets of all types, so many died on both sides of the war. We see freezing soldiers trying to survive the bitter Russian winters, with inadequate clothing for the extreme temperatures … By the end of the book, the tide is turning for the Luftwaffe and Wehrmacht. The German soldiers no longer look triumphant. Now they are grim. They should be." ~Doc Kirby, "On the Bookshelf" Podcast