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Armageddon in Stalingrad: September-November 1942 (The Stalingrad Trilogy,… (edition 2009)

by David M. Glantz, Jonathan M. House

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Title:Armageddon in Stalingrad: September-November 1942 (The Stalingrad Trilogy, Volume 2) (Modern War Studies)
Authors:David M. Glantz
Other authors:Jonathan M. House
Info:University Press of Kansas (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 896 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****1/2
Tags:world war ii-eastern front, mechanized warfare, russian army, german army, world war ii-policy & strategy, 2012

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Armageddon in Stalingrad: September-November 1942 by David M. Glantz

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The middle volume of what will be close to the definitive study of Germany's 1942 Offensive in Russia, this exhaustive book makes use of the best available documentary evidence to give you a block-by-block examination of the actual fighting in Stalingrad, up until the point that Stalin was ready to unleashed the offensive that sealed the doom of Germany's Sixth Army. If there is a key insight it's that both sides were fighting with fewer resources than older sources have suggested, with Glantz & House documenting the mutual slaughter in close detail. The authors also make the key point that the real failure of 1942 was not the test of wills in Stalingrad, but the culminating failure of the German effort to conquer the oil reserves of the Trans-Caucasus region.

While it is no fault to say that this is not the first book about the battle of Stalingrad you should read, I'll admit that I found the maps a little disappointing; in particular, maps that did a better job of relating the fighting in Stalingrad proper to the operations mounted to take pressure of Chuikov's Soviet 62nd Army would have been appreciated. This is a small complaint in relation to the greater achievement of the authors.

It should also be noted that German air superiority into late 1942 played a large role in this campaign, but that is mostly just alluded to in this book. Those who would like to have a better sense of the campaign in three dimensions should consult Joel Hayward's "Stopped at Stalingrad" and Christer Bergstrom's "Stalingrad: The Air Battle."

One also comes away wanting to know more about how the Soviet naval forces kept men and supplies flowing into Stalingrad, as this has to be an epic story in and of itself. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0700616640, Hardcover)

The German offensive on Stalingrad was originally intended to secure the Wehrmacht's flanks, but it stalled dramatically in the face of Stalin's order: "Not a Step Back!" The Soviets' resulting tenacious defense of the city led to urban warfare for which the Germans were totally unprepared, depriving them of their accustomed maneuverability, overwhelming artillery fire, and air support--and setting the stage for debacle.

Armageddon in Stalingrad continues David Glantz and Jonathan House's bold new look at this most iconic military campaign of the Eastern Front and Hitler's first great strategic defeat. While the first volume in their trilogy described battles that took the German army to the gates of Stalingrad, this next one focuses on the inferno of combat that decimated the city itself.

Previous accounts of the battle are far less accurate, having relied on Soviet military memoirs plagued by error and cloaked in secrecy. Glantz and House have plumbed previously unexploited sources--including the archives of the People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs (NKVD) and the records of the Soviet 62nd and German Sixth Armies--to provide unprecedented detail and fresh interpretations of this apocalyptic campaign. They allow the authors to reconstruct the fighting hour by hour, street by street, and even building by building and reveal how Soviet defenders established killing zones throughout the city and repeatedly ambushed German spearheads.

The authors set these accounts of action within the contexts of decisions made by Hitler and Stalin, their high commands, and generals on the ground and of the larger war on the Eastern Front. They show the Germans weaker than has been supposed, losing what had become a war of attrition that forced them to employ fewer and greener troops to make up for earlier losses and to conduct war on an ever-lengthening logistics line.

Written with the narrative force of a great war novel, this new volume supersedes all previous accounts and forms the centerpiece of the Stalingrad Trilogy, with the upcoming final volume focusing on the Red Army's counteroffensive.

This book is part of the Modern War Studies series.

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