Reviews

Reviews of the book will appear here as we receive them.

  1. “This new book by historian and journalist Eric Lee should be on your WWII reading list not only for focusing on Eastern European soldiers in German service. It is above all a surprising and well-written account of the last fighting to take place in 20thcentury Northwest Europe.” – Lars Gyllenhaal
  2. “Night of the Bayonets is an elegantly written and important work of history, In providing a non-Anglo-American perspective on the Second World War in Europe, it may usefully punctures some of the contemporary myths of the Second World War that still pervade attitudes in the UK. For this, and for much else, it deserves a wide readership.” – Aidan McQuade, former director of Anti-Slavery International, the oldest international human rights organisation in the world, and author of The Undiscovered Country
  3. “This is the first comprehensive look in English about this little known incident. The complex relationships between the Germans, Georgians and local Dutch inhabitants – including those associated with the Communist party, makes for fascinating reading. The section which relates to the post war commemoration, and how this has changed over time adds considerably to our understanding of the mutiny, and how it has been portrayed, in the Netherlands and notably in Georgia itself. ” Recollections of WWII: Memoirs and Books Which Should Be On Your Bookshelf
  4. “Like his earlier book Operation Basalt, historian Eric Lee has managed to take a little-known and – in the grand scheme of the Second World War – small-scale incident and turn it in to a fascinating story by putting the events into a wider context with a variety of points of view. . . . History may be in the past but it is never dead as this book illustrates all too well.” Roger Darlington, author of Night Hawk: Flight Lieutenant Karl Kuttelwascher DFC and Bar, the Raf’s Greatest Night Intruder Ace
  5. “Lee correctly directs the reader’s attention to the contested memories that resulted from this event.” Review on amazon.com
  6. “In Night of the Bayonets, historian and journalist Eric Lee tries to untangle the facts from the fiction. His book also asks some difficult questions about national and political loyalties versus morality and the human imperative for survival. Caught between starvation, disease, or a bullet in the neck, would you voluntarily take up arms for your enemy? Would you knowingly endanger civilians, many of them children, to save your own skin?” – The War Years
  7. “I think it would make a riveting film.” – Ben Davidson
  8. “Night of the Bayonets is one of those dramatic local events that casts a light on larger themes, thus it is a story deserving of a book. Eric Lee has therefore performed a valuable service writing what might be the definitive account. ” – Robert Neil Smith on amazon.co.uk
  9. “This is a wonderful and provocative book.” – Steve Davis on amazon.com
  10. “Lee places the mutiny within the context of what transpired before and after the battle on Texel. Indeed, that context, and the larger issues he raises—were the Georgians justified, for example, in rising at such a late date, when it cost so many innocent Dutch lives?—make this book all the more valuable.” – Stone & Stone Second World War Books
  11. Fascinating history of the last battle of the 2nd World War” – David Cockroft on Amazon.co.uk.
  12. “It is a fantastic read and a story I knew nothing about. Thank you Eric and Pen and Sword for bringing this to everyone’s attention. Lockdown saviours.” – Stephen Johnson on Twitter
  13. Highly recommended. This, and Lee’s other books, are like funnels that work in reverse; a seemingly small local story, of interest on its own perhaps, expands and connections are made that are almost counterintuitive. An obscure battle in a WW2 backwater has things to say about the Dutch Communist Party, Soviet cinematic takes on the Great Patriotic War, and the history of Georgia. Highly readable as well.” – D.B. on amazon.ca
  14. “The tale is beautifully composed and transmitted. If you’re a student of history and politics, but may not have heard about the final battle of the war, this volume is highly recommended.” – Roy Nitzberg on amazon.com
  15. “In thirteen fascinating and well-documented chapters, Eric Lee chronologically describes those bloody spring days on Texel.” – devlaardinger.nl [in Dutch]
  16. “I thought that the 7+ hours I spent reading this history book were interesting. This was another book that I had never come across before. It does a very good job of giving a deep background. It also offered a good follow up as to what happened in the years following WWII. I am glad that I finished reading this book yesterday. I am fortunate to be able to post this review on the 75th Dutch National Remembrance Day. I like the chosen cover art. I give this book a 4 out of 5.” – John Purvis on goodreads.com
  17. Fascinating and engaging read. Highly recommend!” – Lauren Tobias on amazon.co.uk
  18. “Great book, a new piece of history for me. Was lucky enough to get this on a discount, but in all honesty would have paid more for it. Manages to not only explore and explain a part of World War II which I didn’t know, and seems less covered, but does so in a fascinating and gripping way which made me forget at times I was reading a history book, which sometimes I find can be pretty dry. Would totally recommend.” – Will on amazon.co.uk
  19. Brilliant! A fabulous story from WW2!.” – JP Wright on amazon.co.uk
  20. “Really interesting and moving story of WW2 conflict that I had never heard of. Highly recommended.” – Frank J on amazon.co.uk
  21. “A great book illustrated with good photos. Eric Lee tells the story of a gruesome, hitherto unknown rebellion in the last days of the war. This is an important, fascinating story.” – Mike K. Hallam on amazon.co.uk
  22. “A spellbinding tale of those who paid the ultimate price for freedom.” – Damien Lewis, author of SAS Shadow Raiders: The Ultra-Secret Mission that Changed the Course of WWII.   
  23. A fascinating read. This is a compelling story of the absurdity, the horror, the fragile loyalties and the fabrications of war. The author has managed to sift through outright lies, state propaganda, fuzzy memories, revisionist narratives and misguided interpretations to offer up a clear, gripping, coherent perspective of the last battle of the war. It’s a reasonably short, easy read that’s a concentration of insight and knowledge.” morwenna on amazon.co.uk
  24. “Overall a fascinating piece of history. Recommended.” Howard Fuller
  25. “Een meer dan voortreffelijk boek, omdat het niet alleen de opstand goed beschrijft, maar ook de voorgeschiedenis en stand van zaken na de oorlog goed in het geheel betrekt. Zeer goed!” – TracesOfWar.nl
  26. “A fascinating account of the little-known final battle of World War II in Europe.” – The Bookseller