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Death on the Don: The Destruction of Germany's Allies on the Eastern…

by Jonathan Trigg

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Nazi Germany?s assault on the Soviet Union in the summer of 1941, Operation Barbarossa, was the largest invasion in history. Almost 3.5 million men smashed into Stalin?s Red Army, reaching the gates of Leningrad, Moscow, and Sevastopol. But not all of this vast army was German; indeed by the summer of 1942 over 500,000 were Romanians, Italians, Hungarians, Slovaks, and Croatians ? Hitler?s Axis allies. As part of the German offensive that year, more than four allied armies advanced to the Don only to be utterly annihilated in the Red Army?s Saturn and Uranus winter offensives. Hundreds of thousands were killed, wounded, or captured and the German Sixth Army was left surrounded and dying in the rubble of Stalingrad. Death on the Don tells the story of one of the greatest military disasters of the Second World War.… (more)
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One of the best English-language treatments of the all-but-forgotten Axis allies who fought in Russia. It paints a good picture of the courage and efforts of the out-manned and decidedly under-gunned Romanians, Italians and Hungarians facing the Red onslaught and the many miscalculations, mistakes (both strategic and tactical) and scapegoating by the Germans who blamed their defeat on their erstwhile allies when in fact the blame lies on their shoulders almost entirely.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in the Eastern Front in WWII. ( )
  JNSelko | Aug 6, 2014 |
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Nazi Germany?s assault on the Soviet Union in the summer of 1941, Operation Barbarossa, was the largest invasion in history. Almost 3.5 million men smashed into Stalin?s Red Army, reaching the gates of Leningrad, Moscow, and Sevastopol. But not all of this vast army was German; indeed by the summer of 1942 over 500,000 were Romanians, Italians, Hungarians, Slovaks, and Croatians ? Hitler?s Axis allies. As part of the German offensive that year, more than four allied armies advanced to the Don only to be utterly annihilated in the Red Army?s Saturn and Uranus winter offensives. Hundreds of thousands were killed, wounded, or captured and the German Sixth Army was left surrounded and dying in the rubble of Stalingrad. Death on the Don tells the story of one of the greatest military disasters of the Second World War.

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