• From the Realm of a Dying Sun, Volume 1

  • IV. SS-Panzerkorps and the Battles for Warsaw, July - November 1944
  • By: Douglas E. Nash Sr.
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 28 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The histories of the first three SS corps are well known - the actions of I, II, and III (Germanic) SS-Panzerkorps and their subordinate divisions, including the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, Das Reich, Hitlerjugend, Hohenstaufen, Frundsberg, and Nordland divisions, have been thoroughly documented and publicized. 

Overlooked in this pantheon is another SS corps that never fought in the west or in Berlin but one that participated in many of the key battles fought on the Eastern Front during the last year of the war - the IV SS-Panzerkorps. Activated during the initial stages of the defense of Warsaw in late July 1944, the corps, consisting of both the 3. and 5. SS-Panzer Divisions (Totenkopf and Wiking, respectively) was born in battle and spent the last 10 months of the war in combat, figuring prominently in the battles of Warsaw, the attempted Relief of Budapest, Operation Spring Awakening, the defense of Vienna, and the withdrawal into Austria where it finally surrendered to US forces in May 1945.   

Herbert Otto Gille's IV SS-Panzerkorps was renowned for its tenacity, high morale and, above all, its lethality, whether conducting a hard-hitting counterattack or a stubborn defense in situations where its divisions were hopelessly outnumbered.

©2019 Douglas E. Nash, Sr. (P)2020 Tantor

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Excellent top to bottom

Very well researched and presented. Naration was steady and avoided trying to interject a sense of drama.

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Outstanding history and narration.

I have all of Nash’s books and was pleased to see one appear on Audible. Definitely looking forward to Volume II.

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Unbelievably Visceral

This is a very technical book. I admit I struggled to get through parts of it because it’s very dense and requires extreme concentration. And it doesn’t read like a win/loss book but with more focus on the technical aspects of Gille’s 4th Panzer Corp. as they battle the Red Army in Warsaw and after.

If nothing else the reader sees how much of a brutal slugfest this was with so much loss of life. And The Warsaw uprising and its aftermath are rarely discussed. At this point the German army is disintegrating piece by piece. But they don’t know it yet, but the reader can see it. There’s still hope since Warsaw was held. It’s truly a remarkable book. And the narration is perfect.

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Outstanding

If you are a fan of military minutiae, then this title is for you. Incredibly well researched and narrated so well by David de Vries, From the Realm of the Dying Sun takes you down deep into the 4th SS Panzerkorps. I can't recommend this herculean labor of love enough. I'm diving into volume 2 right now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-20

Looking forward for next volume

Very-very interesting book. I am looking forward for the next volume.
Special congrats for the narrator.

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  • PETER HILLAND
  • 08-04-22

vast amounts of knowledge went into this book and

lots of facts and day to day situations explained very well, Incredibly interesting read

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  • Mr. Anthony Carney
  • 05-21-21

Narrow Focus

The author does not set the context either in political or military terms.
Boring, misleading.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-21

exceptionally good

truly one of the best books on the eastern front that I have ever read. highly detailed account but holds ones attention to every word. narration is also superb with even the most testing of terminology and German language pronounced faultlessly. greatly looking forward to part 2. thank you.

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  • jules
  • 12-26-20

superb

wow an amazing, gripping book well researched with detailed information. a must for anyone with an interest in the war on the eastern front.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-21

Sensational

As a history/military history buff I absolutely loved this. Meticulously researched. I really enjoyed the level of detail in regards to the workings of general staff officers.

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  • Extraordinary Gent.
  • 07-28-21

Mixed Blessings.

An interesting look at the Battle for Warsaw from the German - Wehrmacht - SS - point of view spoiled by the narrator
's insistence on 'wrapping his tongue' around German and more particularly - Waffen SS - terminology and military rankings.
Much better if the narrator had used normal English pronunciations instead of trying to perform irritating linguistic acrobatics to the point where some of the ranks and nomenclature of various German military units are unrecognisable to the casual listener.
I bought it and paid for it so -- I let it run to the end. NOT a 'book' I will listen to again.