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Casemate Illustrated: The Vistula-Oder Offensive

ISBN Number: 978-1-63624-359-7 Publisher: Casemate Publishing
Published: Sunday, February 4, 2024 Retail Price: $28.95
Reviewed By: matthew schaefer

Casemate Illustrated: The Vistula-Oder Offensive

Title: The Vistula-Order Offensive, The Soviet Destruction of German Army Group A, 1945 

Price: $28.95

Pages: 128

Illustrations: 150

Introduction: The Vistula-Oder Offensive was a major military operation conducted by the Soviet Union during World War II. It took place from January 12 to February 2, 1945, and was part of the broader Eastern Front. The goal of the offensive was to push German forces out of Poland and advance towards Germany. The Soviet forces, under the command of Marshal Ivan Konev, launched a massive assault along the Vistula and Oder Rivers, breaking through the heavily fortified German defensive lines. The offensive involved a combination of infantry, armored units, and air support. The Red Army made significant progress, liberating Warsaw on January 17, 1945, and reaching the Oder River by the beginning of February. The offensive played a crucial role in the overall defeat of Nazi Germany, as it paved the way for the Soviet forces to approach and eventually capture Berlin in April 1945. The Vistula-Oder Offensive marked a turning point in the Eastern Front, hastening the collapse of the German Eastern Front defenses and contributing to the end of the war in Europe.

Ian Baxter's "The Vistula-Oder Offensive" provides a concise and compelling exploration of a pivotal World War II campaign. Baxter's writing is clear, engaging, and backed by thorough research, making it accessible to both history enthusiasts and those new to the subject. The book effectively balances strategic insights with personal narratives, bringing the human aspect of the conflict to the forefront. With well-integrated maps and photographs, Baxter enhances the reader's understanding of the offensive's complexities. In a nutshell, this book is a valuable addition to any WWII history collection, offering an informative and engaging account of the Vistula-Oder Offensive.

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Great map showing the large distances covered by the Soviets in the last year of the war

Examples of the figure and vehicle profiles in the book

Example of the selection of photos included.



Excellent overview of a very complicated subject involving large numbers of men, materials and traversing many miles. Ian Baxter has again delivered a great book covering this very complicated and expansive topic. The maps and photos combine to give a good view into the men and vehicles involved and also the large distances covered in the buildup and through culmination of the offensive.

Highly Recommended for general overview of the last Soviet offensives on the Eastern Front. 

Thanks goes out to Casemate Publishing for this review sample.

Reviewed by matthew schaefer


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