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    DescriptionGermany's Eastern Front in World War II saw many campaigns and battles that have been "forgotten" by a Soviet Union that tried to hide its military failures. The Red Army's invasion of Romania in April and May 1944 was one such campaign, which produced nearly 200,000 casualties and tarnished the reputations of its commanders. The redoubtable David Glantz, the world's leading authority on the Soviet military in World War II, now restores this tale to its proper place in the annals of World War II. Working from newly available Russian and long-neglected German archives - plus Red Army unit histories and commanders' memoirs - Glantz reconstructs an imposing mosaic that reveals the immense scope and ambitious intent of the first Iasi-Kishinev offensive. His re-creation shows that Stalin was not as preoccupied with a direct route to Berlin as he was with a "broad front" strategy designed to gain territory and find vulnerable points in Germany's extended lines of defense. If successful, the invasion would have also eliminated Romania as Germany's ally, cut off the vital Ploiesti oilfields, and provided a base from which to consolidate Soviet power throughout the Balkans. Glantz discloses General Ivan Konev's strategic plan as the 2nd Ukrainian Front prepared its Iasi offensive and fought a climactic battle with the German Eighth Army and its Romanian allies in the Tirgu-Frumos region in early May, then the regrouping of General Rodion Malinovsky's 3rd Ukranian Front for its decisive offensive toward Kishinev, which aborted in the face of a skillful counterstroke by a threadbare German Sixth Army. Glantz describes how the Wehrmacht, with a nucleus of combat veterans, was able to beat back Soviet forces hampered by spring floods, while already fragile Soviet logistical support was further undermined by the Wehrmacht's scorched-earth strategy. Although Konev's and Malinovsky's offensives failed, the Red Army managed to inflict heavy losses on Axis forces, exacerbating the effects of Germany's defeats in the Ukraine and making it more difficult for the Wehrmacht to contain the Soviet juggernaut's ultimate advance toward Berlin.


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    Title
    Red Storm Over the Balkans
    Subtitle
    The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania, Spring 1944
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David M. Glantz
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 424
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 794 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780700614653
    ISBN 10: 0700614656
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC subject category V2: JWLF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DVWR
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    BISAC V2.8: HIS032000, HIS027100
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: H5
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1DVWR
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027060
    DC22: 940.54/2198
    LC classification: D766.4 .G63 2007
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 940.542198
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC region code: 1.7.11.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, NHD, NHWL, JWLF
    Publisher
    University Press of Kansas
    Imprint name
    University Press of Kansas
    Publication date
    15 December 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Kansas
    Author Information
    David M. Glantz is the author of When Titans Clashed, The Battle of Kursk, The Battle for Leningrad, Zhukov's Greatest Defeat, Stumbling Colossus, Colossus Reborn, and many other books.
    Review quote
    "With his usual command of the sources and devotion to detail, Glantz once again brings to light a little-known episode of the struggle on the Eastern Front.... Essential reading for students of World War II." -- Richard L. DiNardo