Stalingrad – New Perspectives on an Epic Battle. Vol. 1: The Doomed City

With this work in two volumes, very much in the concept of the Stalingrad battle will change!

Stalingrad was the largest and most fateful defeat of the German army during World War II. Nothing affected the self-confidence of the German army and the mood of the population as much as this.

For this reason, much of the history writing about Stalingrad is largely incorrect. In the Western world, German officers came to dominate the story about the war on the Eastern Front during World War II, and as a result, historical facts have been deliberately distorted, and much has been swept under the carpet. In order to find the real story, it is necessary to go to the primary sources – on both sides! Christer Bergström has done this, and he has also interviewed a large number of the veterans who participated in the battle.

Among much that is addressed in Volume 1, which will be published in early 2022, will be:

* Why was Stalingrad so important?
* The unknown German defeat in the first battle of Stalingrad.
* How Finland (!) negatively affected the battle of Stalingrad for the Germans.
* How the Red Army learned and developed new operational skills.
* The Luftwaffe’s largest and never before discussed mistake in 1942.
* Soviet ”death soldiers.”

In addition, many myths are dismantled and the truth revealed, for example:

* The myth of the Red Army’s blocking troops.
* The myth that the Red Army voluntarily withdrew.
* The myth that the Germans arrogantly tried to bite off more than they could chew.
* The myth of the importance of Lend-Lease supplies from the United States to the Soviet Union.
* The myth of “Hitler’s mistakes”.

In general, this is a thorough reassessment and analysis of much of what is said to be the German ”mistakes” during this campaign.

This is Christer Bergström’s 40th book on World War II.

Volume 1 will be published in early 2022, and the conclusive Volume 2 will be published in October 2022, in time for the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad.

This work on the ground war during the Battle of Stalingrad is the continuation of Christer Bergström’s previous book Operation Barbarossa 1941 : Hitler against Stalin and supplements his Black Cross/Red Star series about the air war on the Eastern Front.

“Christer Bergström is recognized as a prominent expert on the Second World War, not least concerning the Eastern Front. Bergström’s book is so extensive, profound, and detailed that I am totally taken aback.”

– Kjell E. Genberg in DAST Magazine on Christer Bergström’s previous book Operation Barbarossa 1941: Hitler against Stalin.

 More information will follow soon. Can’t wait? E-mail me at vaktelforlag@gmail.com

ISBN: 978-91-88441-56-0

330 pages
Size 155 × 230 mm
Hardcover
Illustrated with many previously unsees photos
Large and clear maps
QR codes with relevant film clips

 

In order to bring about a quick release of this book, I consider a crowdfunding-solution.  The crowdfunders will receive a personally signed copy of a special, numbered edition, and have their names printed as an acknowledgment in the book.

In order to bring about a quick release of this book, I consider a crowdfunding-solution: 1,200 SEK (USD$130) for both volumes The crowdfunders will also have their names printed as an acknowledgment in the book.

I ask everyone who wants to participate in the crowdfunding  with USD$130 or more to e-mail me.

This also applies to people who don’t want to crowdfund, but who wish to pre-order signed copies of both volumes for $84.00 (or $42.00 for one volume) plus postage.

And please spread the word on communities on the Internet!

One more thing: Please ask around at book stores in your country to find book stores interested in taking in a couple of copies. No one could inform them better than you of the great interest in this unique book!

/ Christer Bergström

 

For book retailers: E-mail vaktelforlag@gmail.com

 

 

To be published in early 2022

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Stalingrad – New Perspectives on an Epic Battle. Vol. 2: The City of Death

With this work in two volumes, very much in the concept of the Stalingrad battle will change!

Among much that is addressed in Volume 2, which will be published in October 2022–in time for the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingradwill be:

* The need to focus on Stalingrad in particular.
* The realistic air bridge – and why it failed.
* How could the Russians persevere?
* General Paulus’s greatest mistake.
* What happened to the civilians in Stalingrad?
* The myths about ”Pavlov’s house” and the Mamayev Kurgan hill.
* The German plan to evacuate Stalingrad – and how it failed.
* A critical analysis of the history writing about Stalingrad.

Read more about Volume 1 (early 2022) here.

 

ISBN: 978-91-88441-98-0

330 pages
Size 155 × 230 mm
Hardcover
Illustrated with many previously unsees photos
Large and clear maps
QR codes with relevant film clips

 

In order to bring about a quick release of this book, I consider a crowdfunding-solution.  The crowdfunders will receive a personally signed copy of a special, numbered edition, and have their names printed as an acknowledgment in the book.

In order to bring about a quick release of this book, I consider a crowdfunding-solution: 1,200 SEK (USD$130) for both volumes The crowdfunders will also have their names printed as an acknowledgment in the book.

I ask everyone who wants to participate in the crowdfunding  with USD$130 or more to e-mail me.

This also applies to people who don’t want to crowdfund, but who wish to pre-order signed copies of both volumes for $84.00 (or $42.00 for one volume) plus postage.

And please spread the word on communities on the Internet!

One more thing: Please ask around at book stores in your country to find book stores interested in taking in a couple of copies. No one could inform them better than you of the great interest in this unique book!

/ Christer Bergström

Ships worldwide. To order: Emal me at vaktelforlag@gmail.com

For book retailers: E-mail vaktelforlag@gmail.com

To be published in October 2022, in time for the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad.

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The Ardennes 1944-1945 – Hitler’s Winter Offensive Revisited, Volume I

 

When Christer Bergström published the first English edition of his ground-breaking mammoth work The Ardennes 1944-1945: Hitler’s Winter Offensive in 2014, it hit the World War II community with the impact of an earthquake. Based upon tremendous research into primary sources and interviews with very many of the veterans, this book turned the previous image of the Battle of the Bulge completely upside-down.

Although tearing apart many myths that surrounded this battle it has hardly received any negative criticism – with such scrutiny has the author treated the sources and source references. This book has been called the new main reference work on the battle. It still remains at the very edge of historical research on this epic battle.

Especially the veterans from the Battle of the Bulge have praised the work as completely outstanding.

”At last a book which tells the truth about the Battle of the Bulge. It was a living hell!”

– That was the reaction on the book by Cornelius French, a veteran from U.S. 6th Armored Division ”The Super Sixth” in the Battle of the Bulge. This reaction is the typical by the many veterans from both sides that have read the book.

Among other overwhelmingly positive reviews, here is a small sample:

”The book is a tremendously accurate portrayal of a pivotal WWII winter battle in unforgiving forested terrain. Thank you very much for your effort.”

– Review by U.S. veteran from the Battle of the Bulge Colonel John M. Nolan, 30th Infantry Division.

”Overall, Bergstrom’s book probably ranks as the single best volume, with the most meat, the most photos, the best ancillary material, and the best maps.”

– Review by Bill Stone at Stone & Stone Second World War Books, 21 December 2014.

”I have never read a more outstanding World War II book. The most interesting thing about the book is that some previous assertions have to be revised, such as that the Battle of the Bulge was over when the Patton relieved Bastogne. Other news is that Manteuffel considered the plan to be ’brilliant.’ There is much, much more of the same kind! Many myths are convincingly dispelled. It is amazing how the author has been able to obtain all this credible and detailed information.”

– Review by Lars Navander, lieutenant colonel and former Intelligence Officer at the Swedish Headquarters.

Read more reviews on the book by clicking here.

The first two editions of The Ardennes 1944-1945, a mammoth book of over 500 pages in A4 size, have been sold out. With this new edition, the book is divided into two volumes.

This new Volume I deals with the background of and the build-up for the offensive, the surprising German strike, and the tremendous – and previously overlooked – German successes during the first period of the offensive. The previously covered-up German successes and American failures are presented and detailed and carefully analyzed.

The new Volume II deals with various turning points in the battle:

First the failure of SS-Kampfgruppe Peiper, the Allied Air Force’s severing of the German supply lines around Christmas, and Patton’s counter-offensive.

Next, the bitter defeat sustained by Patton’s Third U.S. Army in the tank battle at Bastogne, and several other German victories in tank battles that have previously been covered up in history writing, how the Luftwaffe actually gained air superiority, and the German offensive restarted in January 1945. Although the bloody battles in January 1945 cost both sides higher losses per day than in December 1944, they have been neglected in previous history writing. Here they are described in detail. The reason why the Ardennes Offensive failed is discussed, as are its quite significant repercussions.

  • Over 300 photographs
  • Many clear maps
  • QR codes with links to film clips from the actual battle
  • Appendices

The Ardennes 1944-1945 has been published in numerous languages: French, Spanish, Polish, Swedish, and Chinese. New foreign editions are about to emerge.

Published in December 2020!

Price per volume: £39.00 / $52.00 USD /43.90 EUR / 67.90 Canadian dollar / 70.90 AUS dollar / 449 SEK

Price per volume: £72.00 / $99.00 USD /84.90 EUR / 845 SEK

Order your personally signed copy from the author at vaktelforlag@gmail.com

See the concluding Volume II here.

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The Ardennes 1944-1945 – Hitler’s Winter Offensive Revisited, Volume II

 

When Christer Bergström published the first English edition of his ground-breaking mammoth work The Ardennes 1944-1945: Hitler’s Winter Offensive in 2014, it hit the World War II community with the impact of an earthquake. Based upon tremendous research into primary sources and interviews with very many of the veterans, this book turned the previous image of the Battle of the Bulge completely upside-down.

Although tearing apart many myths that surrounded this battle it has hardly received any negative criticism – with such scrutiny has the author treated the sources and source references. This book has been called the new main reference work on the battle. It still remains at the very edge of historical research on this epic battle.

Especially the veterans from the Battle of the Bulge have praised the work as completely outstanding.

”At last a book which tells the truth about the Battle of the Bulge. It was a living hell!”

– That was the reaction on the book by Cornelius French, a veteran from U.S. 6th Armored Division ”The Super Sixth” in the Battle of the Bulge. This reaction is the typical by the many veterans from both sides that have read the book.

Among other overwhelmingly positive reviews, here is a small sample:

”The book is a tremendously accurate portrayal of a pivotal WWII winter battle in unforgiving forested terrain. Thank you very much for your effort.”

– Review by U.S. veteran from the Battle of the Bulge Colonel John M. Nolan, 30th Infantry Division.

”Overall, Bergstrom’s book probably ranks as the single best volume, with the most meat, the most photos, the best ancillary material, and the best maps.”

– Review by Bill Stone at Stone & Stone Second World War Books, 21 December 2014.

”I have never read a more outstanding World War II book. The most interesting thing about the book is that some previous assertions have to be revised, such as that the Battle of the Bulge was over when the Patton relieved Bastogne. Other news is that Manteuffel considered the plan to be ’brilliant.’ There is much, much more of the same kind! Many myths are convincingly dispelled. It is amazing how the author has been able to obtain all this credible and detailed information.”

– Review by Lars Navander, lieutenant colonel and former Intelligence Officer at the Swedish Headquarters.

Read more reviews on the book by clicking here.

The first two editions of The Ardennes 1944-1945, a mammoth book of over 500 pages in A4 size, have been sold out. With this new edition, the book is divided into two volumes.

Volume I  (which will also be published in November 2020)deals with the background of and the build-up for the offensive, the surprising German strike, and the tremendous – and previously overlooked – German successes during the first period of the offensive. The previously covered-up German successes and American failures are presented and detailed and carefully analyzed.

The new Volume II deals with various turning points in the battle:

First the failure of SS-Kampfgruppe Peiper, the Allied Air Force’s severing of the German supply lines around Christmas, and Patton’s counter-offensive.

Next, the bitter defeat sustained by Patton’s Third U.S. Army in the tank battle at Bastogne, and several other German victories in tank battles that have previously been covered up in history writing, how the Luftwaffe actually gained air superiority, and the German offensive restarted in January 1945. Although the bloody battles in January 1945 cost both sides higher losses per day than in December 1944, they have been neglected in previous history writing. Here they are described in detail. The reason why the Ardennes Offensive failed is discussed, as are its quite significant repercussions.

  • 270 pages in each volume
  • Size: A4 (large size)
  • Hard cover
  • Over 300 photographs in total
  • Several clear maps
  • QR codes with links to film clips from the actual battle
  • Appendices

The Ardennes 1944-1945 has been published in numerous languages: French, Spanish, Polish, Swedish, and Chinese. New foreign editions are about to emerge.

Published in January 2021!

Price per volume: £72.00 / $99.00 USD /84.90 EUR / 845 SEK

Order your personally signed copy from the author at vaktelforlag@gmail.com

See Volume I here.

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The Ardennes 1944-1945: Hitler’s Winter Offensive

THIS EDITION HAS BEEN SOLD OUT
Available from November 2020: The Ardennes 1944-1945 – Hitler's Winter Offensive Revisited, Volume I

and
The Ardennes 1944-1945 – Hitler's Winter Offensive Revisited, Volume II

 

This book has become the main reference work on the Battle of the Bulge. Christer Bergström has interviewed veterans, gone through huge amounts of archive material, and performed on-the-spot research in the area. The result is a large amount of previously unpublished material and new findings and the most accurate picture yet of what really transpired.

”I have never read a more outstanding World War II book.”

– Review by Lars Navander, lieutenant colonel and former Intelligence Officer at the Swedish Headquarters

Read more reviews on the book by clicking here.

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The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain

The most thorough, expert examination of the topic ever written. Illustrated throughout with maps and rare photos, plus a colour section closely depicting the aircraft, this work lays out the battle as seldom seen before.
This book contains a large number of dramatic eyewitness accounts, even as it reveals new facts that will alter perception of the battle in the public’s eyes. For example, the twin-engined Messerschmitt Bf 110 was actually a good day fighter, and it performed at least as well in this role as the Bf 109 during the battle. The Luftwaffe commander, Hermann Göring, performed far better than has previously been his image.

 

”This book is an amazing piece of work and will provide hours of fascinating reading. Pull up a chair in your local bookshop, have a long, close look at this book, the try walking out without it under your arm. I am seriously impressed.”
– Alan Firbank, Model Airplane International.

 

”This is a book that everyone who is interested in the period should have on their shelf. It is critical, but fair, and pulls no punches. The author is not backwards in coming forwards when it comes to discrediting accepted truths and it is a testament and tribute to his decades of work that everything about the analysis, discussion and conclusions is supported by the most comprehensive bibliography, using sources from both sides (some of which would rarely see the light of day, I imagine), that I have seen. The range of photos used is second to none and include a stunning colour photo section and the ubiquitous profiles. Many of the captions are long and provide excellent detail.
This is THE book on the Battle of Britain. It is an entirely original discussion, based on familiar knowledge, that goes beyond anything before it. It is mature, incredibly well-researched and insightful beyond belief.”
– Aircrew Book Review.

* Over 300 photographs, many from pilot veterans’ private photo albums and which have never been published before.

* Very clear maps: Most of the places mentioned in the book are on the maps.

* Aircraft color profiles by Jim Laurier.

* Photos of most of the aircraft that are featured on the inside of the dustjacket.

* Appendices.

To order the book:

For a personally signed copy of the hardcover edition with aircraft color profiles etc:
Transfer 54.00 EUR / £ 49.00 / USD$ 63.45 / 47.49 AU$  / 550 SEK / to Christer’s Paypal account vaktelforlag@gmail.com
and send your address to Christer at vaktelforlag@gmail.com
Plus postage:
27 USD outside of Sweden
Sweden 105 SEK

Order your personally signed copy from me for 42 EUR plus 20 EUR in postage.

Email me at: vaktelforlag@gmail.com

 

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