When Titans Clashed

When Titans Clashed : How the Red Army Stopped Hitler

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By the time Pearl Harbour had ripped apart America's peacetime pretensions, the German blitzkrieg had already blasted the Red Army back to the gates of Moscow. Yet, less than four years later, the Soviet hammer-and-sickle flew above the ruins of Berlin, stark symbol of a miraculous comeback that destroyed the German army and shattered Hitler's imperial designs. Told in swift stirring prose, "When Titans Clashed" provides an account of this epic struggle from the "Soviet" perspective. David Glantz, one of the foremost authorities on the Soviet military, and Jonathan House present a fundamentally new interpretation of what the Russians called the "Great Patriotic War". Based on unprecedented access to formerly classified Soviet sources, they counter the German perspective that has dominated previous accounts and radically revise our understanding of the Soviet experience during World War II. Placing the war within its wider political, economic and social contexts, the authors recount how the determined Soviets overcame their initial disasters to defeat the invading German army.As they show, this truly was war waged on a titanic scale, sweeping across a half-million square miles from Moscow to Berlin, featuring monumental offensives and counter-offensives, and ultimately costing both sides combined a staggering 40,000,000 casualties. Their work offers new revelations on Soviet strategy and tactics, Stalin's role as supreme commander of the Red Army, the emergence of innovative and courageous commanders in the crucible of combat, numerous previously concealed or neglected military operations, German miscalculations on the road to the Red capital, the effect of D-Day and the "second front" on the Soviet effort, and the war's devastating impact on the Soviet economy and civilian population.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 442 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 24mm
  • University Press of Kansas
  • Kansas, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 20 photographs, 16 maps
  • 0700608990
  • 9780700608997
  • 243,165

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By the time Pearl Harbor had ripped apart America's peacetime pretensions, the German blitzkrieg had already blasted the Red Army back to the gates of Moscow. Yet, less than four years later, the Soviet hammer and sickle flew above the ruins of Berlin, stark symbol of a miraculous comeback that destroyed the German army and shattered Hitler's imperial designs. Told in swift stirring prose, When Titans Clashed provides the first full account of this epic struggle from the Soviet perspective. David Glantz, one of the world's foremost authorities on the Soviet military, and Jonathan House present a fundamentally new interpretation of what the Russians called the "Great Patriotic War". Based on unprecedented access to formerly classified Soviet sources, they counter the German perspective that has dominated previous accounts and radically revise our understanding of the Soviet experience during World War II.show more

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-When Titans Clashed represents by all and any reckoning a book whose time has come. The authors' clear and vigorous narrative leaves no doubt about the key decisions and the critical encounters in these massive engagements.---John Erickson, author of The Road to Stalingrad -A compelling narrative of an epic conflict. No other work has answered with greater authority the lingering historical question--how did the Red Army defeat Nazi Germany?---Von Hardesty, author of Red Phoenix: The Rise of Soviet Air Power, 1941-1945 -Exceptionally authoritative and exceptionally readable. The cogent assessments of Red Army commanders are not to be missed.---Russell F. Weigley, author of The American Way of War -Certain to become the standard reference on the most important campaign of the Second World War.---Richard R. Muller, author of The German Air War in Russia -Corrects longstanding misconceptions and puts a human 'face' on the 'faceless' Soviet army.---O. A. Rzheshevsky, Chief, Department for Studies of the Twentieth-Century Wars, Institute of World History, Moscow -Indispensable.---Dale R. Herspring, author of The Soviet High Command, 1967-1989show more

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... and informative book. David Glantz is a well known military historian specialized in the Eastern Front history. This book constitutes a very good introduction in the subject, providing a very good balance between information and analysis. It's also worth noting that matters are presented mainly form a Soviet point of view, using information inaccessible before the fall of Communism in Russia.show more
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