Hitler’s Last Army – which came out in 2015 – now has seven five-star reviews on Amazon. My thanks to those who have made such kind and positive comments, and I’m delighted that they have found the book interesting.
I was especially grateful to reader J. Barry, who says:
Fully agree with all the glowing reviews, and note too the ex POW reviewers find that it does justice to their own experience. Like the others, I couldn’t put this down either.
It’s well written, interesting, informative, and heart-warming in equal measure since the author interweaves personal experience with the wider story of government policy. As a WW2 obsessive, I’m always on the lookout for books that give us a different angle, or about subjects not well covered previously. This fitted the bill perfectly. The author does not gloss over the less creditable aspects of the mens’ treatment in British hands but I bet many others had a smile on their face like I did by the time I finished it, because you like the people and their stories. I would recommend this even to those not especially interested in WW2, as a fascinating slice of Anglo-German social history of 70 years ago. Buy it.
When writing the book I had taken particular trouble to locate first-hand witness accounts from former prisoners. I carried out a number of face-to-face interviews and also used memoirs from the Imperial War Museum and other sources. My aim was to set these against the historical background of the time. It wasn’t always easy, but – if J. Barry’s review is anything to go by – it seems to have worked!