List of Illustrations/ List of Maps/ Author's Note/ Dramatis Personae/ Preface/ Introduction/Molotov, Ribbentrop and the First Soviet Occupation/ Rosenberg, Generalplan Ost and Preparations for Barbarossa/ The Wehrmacht in Full Flood/ The Baltic Holocaust/ Reluctant Allies/ Narva, January to April 1944/ Breaking the Deadlock: Summer 1944/ From Doppelkopf to Casar/ The Isolation of Army Group North/ Courland, October to December 1944/ Endgame/ Aftermath/ Appendices/ Endnotes/ Bibliography/ Extract from Battleground Prussia/ Index
Once again drawing on new archival research and numerous first-hand accounts, this book is a magisterial account of three states' struggle for survival and their role in the desperate fighting for control of the East.
Prit Buttar studied medicine at Oxford and London before joining the British Army as a doctor. After leaving the army, he has worked as a GP, first near Bristol and now in Abingdon. He is extensively involved in medical politics, both at local and national level, and serves on the GPs' Committee of the British Medical Association. He appears from time to time on local and national TV and radio, speaking on a variety of medical issues. He contributes regularly to the medical press. An expert on the Eastern Front during World War II, he previously wrote the critically acclaimed Battleground Prussia: The Assault on Germany's Eastern Front 1944-45 (Osprey 2010).
"[A] carefully balanced account of the predicament in which Balts found themselves...Mr. Buttar is himself an army veteran, and it is from the military perspective that he relates the savage unraveling of the Baltic world during World War II's last year. There's plenty here on weaponry, on tactics and strategy." --Andrew Stuttaford, The Wall Street Journal "By magnificently mining and marshaling sources, Buttar potently recaps this tragic chapter in Baltic history. Serious students of WWII's Eastern Front should make Osprey's terrific tome required reading." --David E. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com "Buttar potently recaps [a] tragic chapter in Baltic history." --David L. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com "A magisterial account, Between Giants does not attempt to judge the decisions made by the leaders and the people of the Baltic States, who struggled to reconcile the situation in which they found themselves with their own aspirations. It elucidates the terrible destruction and bloodshed that had such a devastating effect on this corner of Europe, the consequences of which are still felt today." --Savannah Jones, www.sirreadalot.org