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The Battle of Itter Castle 1945

Author: Stephen Wynn

Publisher: Pen & Sword

ISBN: 9781399007078

Language: English

Binding: Hardback & eBook

Pages: 240

Size: 22.86cm x 15.88cm

Price: £22 (£8.99 eBook) www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

Out-of-place occurrences in conflict often make for fascinating reads, and Stephen Wynn’s account of the bizarre Battle of Castle Itter is one such example.

This unusual engagement occurred in the waning days of World War Two and saw American and German forces ‘team up’ to fight side-by-side.

Although the tale of the battle itself is factually informative – Wynn highlighting how Wehrmacht and American soldiers defended high-ranking French POWs at Castle Itter against a zealous unit of SS – the chronological narrative is unfortunately quite confusing and prone to sudden leaps in the storyline. In some instances, we find out what happened to key characters involved, and the aftermath of the entire event, before Wynn has even profiled the engagement.

Verdict: Although a confusing narrative structure hinders this publication’s true potential, Wynn’s detailed analysis of the engagement still makes this book worth picking up.

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