• Where the Iron Crosses Grow

  • The Crimea 1941-44
  • By: Robert Forczyk
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)

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Where the Iron Crosses Grow

By: Robert Forczyk
Narrated by: Michael Prichard
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Publisher's Summary

The Crimea was one of the crucibles of the war on the Eastern Front, where first a Soviet and then a German army were surrounded, fought desperate battles, and were eventually destroyed. The fighting in the region was unusual for the Eastern Front in many ways, in that naval supply, amphibious landings, and naval evacuation played major roles, while both sides were also conducting ethnic cleansing as part of their strategy - the Germans eliminating the Jews and the Soviets purging the region of Tartars.

From 1941, when the Soviets first created the Sevastopol fortified region, the Crimea was a focal point of the war in the East. German forces under the noted commander Manstein conquered the area in 1941-42, which was followed by two years of brutal colonization and occupation before the Soviet counteroffensive in 1944 destroyed the German 17th Army.

©2014 Robert Forczyk (P)2015 Tantor
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names, places,troop strength and commanders

This book is for the hardcore military historian who enjoys reading the statistics of a military campaign. It start with interesting overview of the regions history with an enticing nod to what happening there today, but quickly, or too quickly for me, became a monotonous compilation of what battalion was where, how many and what kind of weaponry they had and who commanded them. Mr Pritchard did a fine job in my opinion, but given the material I had to give up on this one.

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Might be a good book...

Hard to tell, because of the ridiculously horrid narrator. Absolutely pitiful. Painful to listen to. Gonna try to read the book. Don't buy this audiobook.

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Too dull don't recommend

This sounded like a text book. There was almost no sense of the people or there ordeals. Just too dull

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Boring

I gave it a shot. I, painfully, listened for a couple of hours.
Its seems forced and monotone. There are so many Infantry Divisions doing this or that.... that I cannot continue to listen.

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Superb History

Sure h a great and informative piece of work, I found many facts that I had not previously known, and the narrator kept me engaged in the story throughout, highly recommended.

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Could have been a great story - But wasnt

Half the book is just numbers and the narrator is horrible, it's like the book had no editor.

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Good but wordy

The story and the region are great. What should be left out was the spelling out of each and every title, caliber of gun, and affiliation to platoon, company, regiment, or battalion. A nice map as well.

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Too dull for the dead

What disappointed you about Where the Iron Crosses Grow?

The minutia overshadowed the story.

What could Robert Forczyk have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The amount of details shared were numerous and overly complex. Who cares about how deep a ditch is or the x2bY1 version of the T34 tank.

How could the performance have been better?

Performance was fine, good narrator.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

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Hard work

80% Of the book is like a dump of a detailed event log of the Crimean wars. Hard to get through. Very few stories of what happened on the ground, earning those iron crosses.

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Oustanding historiography!

Exceptional detail. Does an excellent job of putting events in context. Strongly reccomend this to anyone interested in WW2 and/or the Ostfront.

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  • PD
  • 08-20-16

Worst Audiobook Ever

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The narration of this book is so bad I could not listen to it. I've come back to it 3 times but it sounds like it's being read by a Robot. An awful performance that's ruined what is probably a good book.

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  • jules
  • 12-18-16

should have bought the actual book

This book is a fascinating read full of well researched facts however the robotic style of the narrator seriously detracts from the books merits.

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  • Border Collie
  • 08-09-16

Interesting theater of WW2

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I was occasionally confused by following the ebb and flow of the campaigns.

What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?

What I liked best was the excellent pronunciation of Russian and German places, equipment and names. It makes such a difference to enjoyment of an audible book. I speak fluent German and the German was all perfect.

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  • Scott Sibbald
  • 06-08-15

Good listen and history repeating itself again?

The pronunciation of artillery and infantry in dialogs is really old school out dated but otherwise a good listen

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  • R J Moore
  • 03-04-17

Not for my "read again list."

What disappointed you about Where the Iron Crosses Grow?

the lack of feeling

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This book is historically correct and extremely detailed.
Every engagement noted with the exact name and number of the units engaged being entered in the text.
Unfortuantely, the incessant repeatition of unit Id's detracts so much from the narrative, it's like reading a table of football scores.
A book for the "train spotters" rather than for those wishing to read about the actions of the decorated soldiers.

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  • H J ADES
  • 02-17-20

Excellent

Well written and most enjoyable, the narrator really does a excellent job. I will have to read more books by this author.

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  • Panayot
  • 06-26-17

Very academic military work

Extremely in depth and well researched, a good geographical familiarity with Crimea is an absolute must before you start listening

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  • phphoto
  • 05-08-17

Story suffered.

Interesting story but overfilled with too much tech detail about weapons and formations which I think took something away from the storytelling of the events.