This vivid and gripping account of the Rzhev sector from 1941 to 1943 is of fundamental significance for our understanding of the Eastern Front and therefore for studies of the Second World War. Providing both narrative and analysis, it shows the strengths and weaknesses of both sides and does so in a way that bridges high strategy and the face of battle. The difficulty of overcoming defences emerges repeatedly in a story that thrills and fascinates in equal measure, taking us back into the furnace of battle at its most intense.
Jeremy Black, author of 'Rethinking World War Two'
In Meat Grinder, renowned Eastern Front expert Prit Buttar chronicles in superb detail a largely forgotten episode of the Second World War, in which Soviet and German forces battled for control of the Rzhev Salient in 1942–43. In this compelling account of a terrible attritional struggle, readers will find many stark parallels in the intense fighting in the Donbas some eighty years later, not least the crushing effect of artillery fire on fortifications and fortitude.
General Mungo Melvin, author of 'Sevastopol's Wars'
This is an excellent book and a worthy addition to studies of the Eastern Front.
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