Red Star at War written by Colin Turbett and published by Pen and Sword Books – £19.99 –Hardback – Pages 218

In a nutshell this book is about the people, young and old, male and female, and families that have gone through the hardships life and death that resulted in the WWII eastern front. This book draws a lot upon photographs of the people who had to go through these experiences both good and bad. As is stated in the book, some of these pictures are taken with the knowledge that they could be the last photos of those people. In a way some of the pictures look haunting and yet quite a lot seem positive and loving, as we have to remember these families and people are living on the front line of a war. After all the threat of Mother Russia was at stake, everything has to be fought for.

It’s mentioned in this book, I think somewhere near the beginning about it not being a book about facts or for academics, now it might not be like your typical history book, packed with facts, maps, plans, quotes and arguing a specific point. But this book is about photo history, there are a lot of photos, not too many but in my opinion photographic history is equally as important as other academia. After all you can learn such a lot from a photo and personally if historians don’t see it as academically important, they are being snobbish like quite a few historians can be. This book contains excellent stories about people of the time, and it’s well written and very balanced by the author Colin Turbett. It’s an excellent book and thoroughly enjoyable which is my opinion, and I would recommend it with the great sources in the back of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.