Paul Carell

Non-naval discussions about the Second World War. Military leaders, campaigns, weapons, etc.
User avatar
Karl Heidenreich
Senior Member
Posts: 4808
Joined: Thu Jan 12, 2006 3:19 pm
Location: San José, Costa Rica

Paul Carell

Post by Karl Heidenreich » Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:05 pm

Of course contemporary authors and historians as David Glantz, Anthony Beevor, John Keegan, HP Willmott, Jon Parshall or Anthony Tully can gave us more detail information and "revisions" of the WWII events. They have the advantage of having new sources uncovered and, without any passion, could analyse this new information and expose it to us. Beevor's Stalingrad, Glantz' Kursk and Parshall & Tully's Midway are certainly the new references for those particular events.

However there are a group of authors that wrote important books, from both sides of the struggle and that were there, on the spot or at the time. This is the case of Paul Carell which books about Russia were amongst the first ones I read some thirty years ago. Several of his comments and criteria, is true, have been superseeded by the new accounts (which include more information). However there is no doubt that his recollections of the events themselves could be taken at face value.

Here are some links regarding Carell, which is important to address before coming to an invalid comment: ... arell.html

I personally would not made any assesment using "just" Carell, not in 2010, but it is an important source of information that cannot be judged as "in doubt" if that comment cames from someone that have, on one hand, a deep knowledge of what he is saying but on the other hand a deeply mistaken way to do any interpretation. In case of doubt please start reading the "Ambrose Sindrome" thread from page 25 on, specially from page 30 on. Or the discussion shown here (from the fifth post on):


Or this from the begining:

Best regards,
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
Sir Winston Churchill

Byron Angel

Re: Paul Carell

Post by Byron Angel » Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:28 pm

Carell deserves kudos simply for being one of the very first German authors writing about WW2 from the German perspective to have his work translated and made accessible to an English speaking audience. People are welcome to argue retrospectively about the relative "value" of his books from the the point of view of current military historical research and publication standards, but there is no denying that he was an important trailblazer in introducing the rest of the world to the German experience of WW2.


User avatar
Senior Member
Posts: 7549
Joined: Wed Sep 20, 2006 1:15 pm
Location: Wolverhampton, ENGLAND

Re: Paul Carell

Post by RF » Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:02 am

I have not read any of this mans publications. Given his background and change of name (identity?) I would be sceptical of their value.
''Give me a Ping and one Ping only'' - Sean Connery.

Post Reply