Anyone who likes history, and in particular military history, knows there is a seemingly inifinite supply of books on WWII. Mostly written by worthy academic types, these often huge tomes strive to analyse, understand and ultimately explain something which is, as time goes by, increasingly inexplicable. This book, however, is different. ‘In Deadly Combat’ is a memoir of a German Officer who spent most of the War on the Eastern Front. And he survived.
In the mid 1960’s a chap called Vasily Grossman died in Moscow at age 58. He was a reporter during World War II and in the post war years wrote a communist response to War and Peace (called Life and Fate) and a lesser known, shorter work called Everything Flows; I doubt I would ever have read this book if it were not for the Kindle.