• On a Knife’s Edge

  • The Ukraine, November 1942-March 1943
  • By: Prit Buttar
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (162 ratings)
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The battle of Stalingrad was the turning point of World War II. The German capture of the city, their encirclement by Soviet forces shortly afterwards, and the hard-fought but futile attempts to relieve them, saw bitter attritional fighting and extremes of human misery inflicted on both sides.

The surrender of General Friedrich von Paulus's army left Germany's eastern armies severely weakened, but the Red Army had suffered enormous losses as it overreached itself in trying to exploit its great victory. The war was not over. Germany would continue the fight, and the battles that took place in the winter of 1942/43 would show the tactical and operational skill of Erich von Manstein and the Wehrmacht as they attempted to avert total disaster.

In this title, a renowned expert on warfare on the Eastern Front reveals the often-overlooked German counteroffensive post-Stalingrad, and how it prevented the whole Axis front line from collapsing.

Drawing on firsthand accounts, On a Knife's Edge is a story of brilliant generalship, lost opportunities, and survival in the harshest theater of war.

©2018 Prit Buttar (P)2019 Tantor

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Best of its kind!

I listen to these books all the time. This is the best one in the genre! Someone sign this guy to a multi-book deal; I can’t wait for more! Thanks

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Gold Standard History of the WW2 Eastern Front

The Eastern Front trilogy by Prit Buttar is history at its finest. Well researched, well written, well performed. But, it may not be for every reader.

If you are a hard core reader of history, you will cherish the many minutes you spent listening to this trilogy, but this is not history-lite. The extraordinary detail in these books will challenge your powers of concentration. I found myself frequently jumping back to re-listen. So, a caution for the faint of heart: this trilogy is a deep dive.

If you inclined to jump into this history, I strongly recommend that you get detailed maps before starting. You will probably find no better collection than this extraordinary set of detailed maps: https://inflab.medium.com/eastern-front-maps-of-world-war-ii-17f4a26545e9

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very good overview of the 42/43 time period

good weaving of strategic overview of Manstine and STAVKA with personal "on the ground" accounts. well done

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interesting book

It's a comprehensive treatment of the Eastern Front during this period. It would be easy to just talk about Stalingrad, but thankfully the book avoids that trap.

The only real downside to this book is the subject matter - it covers large military operations, with frequent geographical references. This is not an audio friendly topic.

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This book is yet another regurgitation of the War from the Nazi camp

Dr Buttar’s books are all one tiresome repetition of that conflict from a strictly German apologist perspective and a regurgitation of same tired canards: Hitler is to blame, Wehrmacht was warm and fuzzy snd it is only the SS who committed atrocities… The Nazis are constantly quoted, their statistics and numbers are presented as the truth, at the same time the Soviet officers accounts and Soviet numbers and statistics are being dismissed out of hand as “unreliable” as being “written under communist rule”. How many times the good doctor puts up a claim that the this and that a catastrophe could have been avoided and even the conflict could have been easily reversed if only there wasn’t a miscommunication, or Hitler would heed the generals advice, or weather would have been different… and so on and so forth. The Nazis and the people of Germany (the Nazis very willing executioners) had lost this war before they even had it started. This is the alpha and omega of the WWII. Period.

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I’m from West Virginia and it’s RREAY GREAT!

I think this is a great book and a great lol at both sides of not just a great battle of WW2 but parts of the battle they really don’t talk about and the 3 allies of Nazi germany you don’t hear much about! I love it and listened to it to three times and it never gets old and the narrator is really good at keeping you in to the book and it is very detailed about the subject about the surrounding of Stalingrad and the 6th army !

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Whitewashing

Good work with sources but the author glorifies and whitewashes the Wehrmach bit too much.

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A very vivid listen

The vivid descriptions of the battle situations given in this book were very helpful in visualizing the desperation felt by the those who lived through horrors on the Eastern front. You see both sides making the same mistakes as a result of politics overriding the needs of the men, women, and civilians on the front lines. Yet, all you can do is sympathize with with the lone hungry and frost bitten soldier on the front lines, be they fascist or communist.

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Too tactical for an audiobook

Great book. The trouble is, that at the minute tactical level this book dwells at, you feel the need to be looking at maps, charts, and suchlike. Since this is an audiobook, you don't get those, and the narrative becomes impossible to keep track of.

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The Best of Prit Buttar

Prit Buttar is in the highest class of military historians. His detailed knowledge of the all things Eastern front is unparalleled. Needless to say a lot of rewinding and resisting is required to catch every detail! This is the story of the dogfight between Germany and Russia from Stalingrad into the recesses of the Ukraine. It's not about the battle of Stalingrad, but the withdrawal from and encirclement of by the Russians, and then the Germans need to hold on to territory while being past the point of overextended. This is two amazing armies fighting under two of the most notorious fascist dictators of all time, and the pushing each other forward and then back, day after day, month after month. One cannot understate the raw toughness of these men who fought in the most extreme of circumstances on the Eastern Front. It's a wonder anyone survived. Roger Clark is at his best. This is a must for any history buff.

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  • 09-12-20

One of the best book

One of the best book (or even the best) I ever read about the Eastern Front. Excellent book, excellent narrator.
Prit Buttar is an absolutely fantastic historian. Congrats for his work. And thank you for publishing it.

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  • Iain D. Metcalfe
  • 02-15-21

Awful narration

Dreadful droning and monotonous voice of narrator made this the worst Audible book I have ever listened to. Great subject and very well researched. But ruined by inappropriate and dull voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-21

The narrator ruined it for me

What is clearly an very well written book, is for me ruined by the narration. He speaks as though English is not his first language. His inflection is extremely poor, and pronunciations odd to say the least. All
of which makes every sentence difficult to follow, without more concentration than I would like.

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  • A l Atkins
  • 04-21-20

Great narrator

Read alot of this kinda topic.
this is up there with the best.
if you have read Stalingrad it's a great follow on.

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  • Ken P
  • 08-19-21

A great description of two gigantic war machine's

Great documentary of the German \Russian struggle on the eastern front
Well written and excellent narration

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  • Panda
  • 08-06-21

Stalemate

A really excellent e-book, well narrated and a gripping listen, Manstien rescues the German army in Russia! Recommended!

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  • adrian marsden
  • 07-23-21

What a Great Book

I have read a lot of war books but this is one of the best the Narrator takes you right into the battle as if you are really there explaining ever thing thats going on if you like war books this is the book for you

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  • W. R. Guntrip
  • 07-23-21

Annoying

Excellent idea, as with most of Buttar's books, but delivery awful. Pronunciation, scansion all over the place. Crisp 'English' accent offered by an American, hence wayward pronunciation. Caveat emptor!

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  • Simon Richards
  • 07-09-21

A well researched book

Excellent narration good pronunciations of German units and names and overall a well researched book adding some interesting views on the combat and to some extent political situation on the Eastern front at that time. A highly recommended listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-20

Fascinating

Long listen but fascinating. Shocking in parts, cruelty and horror of war described in cold detail. The Generals were mostly supine when it came to facing down Hitler's mad campaign in the East.