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  1. Operation Barbarossa: Hitler's Invasion of Russia 1941
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  2. Operation Barbarossa: Hitler's Invasion of Russia 1941

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From a world expert on Hitler's war in Russia, this book on the operation that changed the course of World War II includes updated information on casualty numbers and opposing forces
Here, David Glantz challenges the time-honored explanation that poor weather, bad terrain, and Hitler's faulty strategic judgement produced German defeat, and reveals how the Red Army thwarted the German Army's dramatic and apparently inexorable invasion before it achieved its ambitious goals. On June 22, 1941 Hitler unleashed his forces on the Soviet Union. Spearheaded by four powerful Panzer groups and protected by an impenetrable curtain of air support, the seemingly invincible Wehrmacht advanced from the Soviet Union’s western borders to the immediate outskirts of Leningrad, Moscow and Rostov in the shockingly brief period of less than six months. The sudden, deep, relentless German advance virtually destroyed the entire peacetime Red Army and captured almost 40 percent of European Russia before expiring inexplicably at the gates of Moscow and Leningrad. An invasion designed to achieve victory in three to six weeks failed and, four years later, resulted in unprecedented and total German defeat.

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David M. Glantz
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Glantz's approach in his book is from a high-level strategic perspective (i.e., corps and division level as opposed to battalion, company or platoon). There is very little discussion of tactical operations or any activities on or below the division level. This is not exactly a surprise considering that he is a Professor at the U.S. Army's War College in Carlyle, PA. That is the audience that Dr. Glantz is targeting with this book.
The book is very well researched. This can be seen in the fact that about 100 pages of the book's approximately 300 pages is dedicated to appendices, bibliographies, footnotes and other supporting documents. In addition, the book consists primarily of research garnered from original Russian and German language sources. Few if any secondary research sources are cited. This is definitely a scholarly work. It should also be mentioned that the book is not written for novices. The author assumes that the reader is familiar with the major German Field... Read more
I think that enough people have already accurately reviewed the type of book that this is: a high level review of Barbarossa. The closest you get to tactical information on the progress or type of fighting is reduced to sentences that might say something like: 'X motorised division suffered heavy losses while fighting at 'Y'. This is most definitely a book for people looking for a high command review of Barbarossa. People looking for tactical detail must look elsewhere.

That said, I make no pretence to being an expert on this subject, but even though it can get bogged down in lists of numbers of armies or corps, these are the building blocks of Glantz's view of what happened. And those are fascinating.

While I have seen references to Soviet antipathy to the UK (returned with interest by people like Churchill) Glantz is the first person I have seen come out and state that the Soviets viewed Britain as an enemy.

It is that sort of bold statement (and... Read more
This is a good but select overview of Operation Barbarossa. While there is one chapter of the German drive toward Leningrad and another chapter on its drive toward Rostov in the south, the major emphasis covers the advance of AGC toward Moscow as well as the Soviet counter-attack that repulses the Germans from entering the capital in December 1941. It also emphasizes Guderian's 2nd PzG's march south in September to assist Rundstedt's AGS in closing the Kiev pocket. Some of the battles of AGC include the capture of Minsk, Smolensk, Kiev pocket, Vyazma, Bryansk, Orel, Mozhaisk, Kaluga, Kalinin and the attempt on Moscow. It also shows that with so much armor with AGC, the flanks had a difficult time taking Leningrad and Rostov.

The objective of the author is more than describing the introductory status and conditions of the two sides and the military highlights of the Operation; the strategic significance of the book is to show the Germans were able to advance and destroy... Read more
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