Personal Picks: WWII Historians (and some of their works)
One of the leading experts on the history of WWII Eastern Front. I've personally noticed he is one of the most quoted authors in books focused on history of WWII Eastern Front. He is also well-accredited in his field and thoroughly respected by other authors. However, I find his books quite difficult to digest thanks to their overtechnicality. His books are priceless for research but almost impossible to read for fun; just too many names, numbers, military details, raw archival materials, and often 600+ pages. The extras (such as bibliography, appendices, etc) that completes his books are often overwhelmingly large. Nonetheless, he is still one of my favourite historians.
The most interesting ones:
Barbarossa Derailed: The battle for Smolensk, Volume 1, November 2010.
Barbarossa Derailed: The battle for Smolensk, Volume 2, March 2011.
Well-accredited in his field (WWII military history), I personally think he's one of the best writers out there. His books are unbelievably well researched, and easy to read. His books often flow like a narrative, making the read feel like your average novel. You tend to get lots of quotes, monologues and dialogues – from historical figures down to the poor soldier in the field – as opposed to mind-numbing tables of numbers or intimidating details of tactics and maneuvers. But that virtue of it could sometimes frustrate you to death. You may never feel like you're reading history or learning much. The few of his books that I have read all seem to target the fresh novices of WWII history.
Kursk: The greatest battle: Eastern Front 1943, 2012.
He is a very good one IMO. Too much storytelling though.
I think the dude is the beast of German Archives. I will put him up there with Frieser. He is brief and goes straight to the point. You will get the juice without any of the fillers, which is admirable but not always the best.
Kursk 1943: A Statistical Analysis, June 2000.