- Publisher: University Press of Kansas
- Format: Hardback | 736 pages
- Dimensions: 163mm x 236mm x 53mm | 1,089g
- Publication date: 21 May 2009
- Publication City/Country: Kansas
- ISBN 10: 0700616306
- ISBN 13: 9780700616305
- Illustrations note: 80 photographs, 87 maps
- Sales rank: 88,069
The confrontation between German and Soviet forces at Stalingrad was a titanic clash of armies on an unprecedented scale - a campaign that was both a turning point in World War II and a lasting symbol of that war's power and devastation. Yet despite the attention lavished on this epic battle by historians, much about it has been greatly misunderstood or hidden from view - as David Glantz, the world's foremost authority on the Red Army in World War II, now shows. This first volume in Glantz's masterly trilogy draws on previously unseen or neglected sources to provide the definitive account of the opening phase of this iconic Eastern Front campaign. Glantz has combed daily official records from both sides - including the Red Army General Staff, the People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs, the German Sixth Army, and the Soviet 62nd Army - to produce a work of unparalleled detail and fresh interpretations. Jonathan House, an authority on twentieth-century warfare, adds further insight and context. Hitler's original objective was not Stalingrad but the Caucasus oilfields to the south of the city. So he divided his Army Group South into two parts - one to secure the city on his flank, one to capture the oilfields. Glantz reveals for the first time how Stalin, in response, demanded that the Red Army stand and fight rather than withdraw, leading to the numerous little-known combat engagements that seriously eroded the Wehrmacht's strength before it even reached Stalingrad. He shows that, although advancing German forces essentially destroyed the armies of the Soviet Southwestern and Southern Fronts, the Soviets resisted the German advance much more vigorously than has been thought through constant counterattacks, ultimately halting the German offensive at the gates of Stalingrad. This fresh, eye-opening account and the subsequent companion volumes - on the actual battle for the city itself and the successful Soviet counteroffensive that followed - will dramatically revise and expand our understanding of what remains a military campaign for the ages.
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David M. Glantz is the author of numerous books, including The Battle for Leningrad, 1941-1944; Colossus Reborn: The Red Army at War; and Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania. Jonathan M. House is the author of Combined Arms Warfare in the Twentieth Century. Glantz and House are also coauthors of When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler and The Battle of Kursk (see page 41).
By Andrew Latham 29 Oct 2011
An extremely well researched and above all readable account of the events in southern Russia in 1942.The big picture is extremely well covered and it is easy to follow the flow of the dramatic tooing and frowing of attack and counter attack.You get a real feel for the decisions that were made that would lead to the disaster that you know is coming in the second book of the trilogy. One of my all time favourites.
"A magisterial new survey that draws on a wealth of previously inaccessible Red Army records and will be indispensable reading for all serious students of the battle." Michael K. Jones, author of Stalingrad: How the Red Army Triumphed "In a way never before attempted, Glantz reveals how the battle proceeded through the step-by-step, day-by-day efforts of leaders to plan, supervise, and conduct combat operations amidst the fog of war." Roger R. Reese, author of Red Commanders "Glantz is the world's top scholar of the Soviet-German War." Journal of Military History"