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    DescriptionGermany's surprise attack on June 22, 1941, shocked a Soviet Union woefully unprepared to defend itself. The day before the attack, the Red Army still comprised the world's largest fighting force. But by the end of the year, four and a half million of its soldiers lay dead. This new study, based on formerly classified Soviet archival material and neglected German sources, reveals the truth behind this national catastrophe. Drawing on evidence never before seen in the West-including combat records of early engagements-David Glantz claims that in 1941 the Red Army was poorly trained, inadequately equipped, ineptly organized, and consequently incapable of engaging in large-scale military campaigns--and that both Hitler and Stalin knew it. He provides the most complete and convincing study of why the Soviets almost lost the war that summer, dispelling many of the myths about the Red Army that have persisted since the war and soundly refuting Viktor Suvorov's controversial thesis that Stalin was planning a preemptive strike against Germany. Stumbling Colossus describes the Red Army's command leadership, mobilization and war planning, intelligence activities, and active and reserve combat formations. It includes the first complete Order of Battle of Soviet forces on the eve of the German attack, documents the strength of Soviet armored forces during the war's initial period, and reproduces the first available texts of actual Soviet war plans. It also provides biographical sketches of Soviet officers and tells how Stalin's purges of the late 1930s left the Red Army leadership almost decimated. At a time when blame for the war in eastern Europe is being laid with a fallen regime, Glantz's book sets the record straight on the Soviet Union's readiness-and willingness-to fight. Boasting an extensive bibliography of Soviet and German sources, Stumbling Colossus is a convincing study that overshadows recent revisionist history and one that no student of World War II can ignore.


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    Title
    Stumbling Colossus
    Subtitle
    The Red Army on the Eve of World War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David M. Glantz
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 374
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780700617890
    ISBN 10: 0700617892
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC classification: D
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Libri: I-HM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27470
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1930
    BISAC V2.8: HIS032000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET180
    Ingram Theme: CULT/RUSSIA
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: H5
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: TEC025000
    B&T Approval Code: A14204062
    DC21: 940.54217
    DC22: 940.54217
    B&T Approval Code: A44252000
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, NHWL
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBDR
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MPBL
    Illustrations note
    black & white tables, maps, figures
    Publisher
    University Press of Kansas
    Imprint name
    University Press of Kansas
    Publication date
    15 May 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Kansas