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Highly visual guides to history's greatest conflicts, detailing the command strategies, tactics, and experiences of the opposing forces throughout each campaign, and concluding with a guide to the battlefields today.

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Robert Kirchubel is a lieutenant colonel on active duty with the California Army National Guard. He has published numerous articles on military history. His three-volume study of the Barbarossa campaign is the product of several years work and research.

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Product Details

  • Series: Campaign (Book 148)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (March 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184176857X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841768571
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. A Forczyk VINE VOICE on April 30, 2005
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Although there are numerous books already in existence on the Eastern Front in the Second World War, Robert Kirchubel's two volumes on Operation Barbarossa - the German invasion of the USSR in 1941 - are valuable summaries of current material on the subject. In this volume, Kirchubel covers the operations of the German Army Group North (AGN) in its efforts to capture Leningrad and link up with Finnish forces, in the period June-December 1941. Kirchubel's work is primarily a synthesis product rather than relying on much original research, but he is able to incorporate some of the better sources available.

Operational Barbarossa 1941: Army Group North follows the standard Osprey campaign series format, with initial sections on the origins of the campaign, opposing leaders, opposing plans and opposing forces, as well as a campaign chronology. These sections are well written and informative, although the order of battle is rather basic (no mention of reinforcements) and lists Soviet air units, but not German Luftwaffe units. As usual, the quality of maps and color graphics is one of the main selling points for the Osprey campaign series and Operational Barbarossa 1941: Army Group North is quite successful in this area. The author provides seven 2-D maps, four of which deal with operations in Finland: frontier battles; Operation Platinfuchs (drive on Murmansk); Operation Polarfuchs; Finnish attacks in Karelia; Tikhvin/Volkhov; strategic overview Finland; strategic overview, Army Group North. There are three 3-D Maps: Soviet attacks around Staraya Russa, August 1941; German assaults on Baltic Islands, September 1941; Battles on the Luga River Line and approaches to Leningrad, August-September 1941.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Highlander on September 12, 2007
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Osprey clearly presents its Campaign series books as general overviews of usually complex subjects. The Campaign series all contain a standard format: an introduction, a chronolgoy, presentation of the opposing plans, a quick look at the opposing commanders and the opposing forces, and then the bulk of the text addresses the specific campaign. All well and good -- a structured overview is promised and that is usually what Osprey delivers. The quality of the product varies, but at least a cursory understanding of the campaign is realized.

Not for Operation Barbarossa 1941 (2) Army Group North.

The principle content of the book begins with a report of the frontier battles. One map, and only one map, is available to decipher the intitial German attack and a Russian counter attack. The author's approach to the events is to rapidly and tersely present a myriad of unit names, place names, geographical locations with general comments that the Germans were advancing either with difficulty or easily. Attempting to follow these movements on the single map is, at best, difficult or, often, impossible.

The next topic is the German drive north from the Dvina to somewhere. I'm not quite sure where the Germans went because no map was included to let me envision the movement. But again, quick sentences resembling -- "And then the 99th Division pushed through rough terrain to Strombolsky on the Luchina river where it seized a bridge somewhere in the area." -- were the norm. I have no idea where the drive north went.

The author does handle fighting in Finland and the Arctic much more clearly. Three maps provide considerable assistance, although, once more, the text and the map are not always coordinated.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Francis on June 14, 2005
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Colonel Kirchubel has done an outstanding job of synthesizing the extremely complex German invasion of the USSR. His latest book for Osprey, Army Group North, builds upon the success of the earlier Army Group South. Thousands of pages have been written on Barbarossa, so covering the massive assault in three books of 100 pages each is ambitious. One can only assume that with the anticipated completion of the trilogy we will have a good overview of the entire campaign.

Kirchubel gives valuable introductory information on the geo-political background, each side's plans, commanders and armies. However, where other authors have wasted space on generals like Wilhelm Keitel (a staff politico who didn't command anybody), Kirchubel describes in human terms the various leaders actually involved. In the heart of the volume, the actual campaign, he adroitly works within Osprey's size constraints to present a good mix of operational and tactical combat and maneuver. I found the anecdotes of small-unit actions, for example the Germans' initial difficulty defeating new Soviet armor or fighting in the land of the midnight sun, very representative. Of course Osprey is known for its graphics and Army Group North does not disappoint. Kirchubel provides a good selection of German and Soviet point-of-view photographs, artwork and maps. My favorite is the battlescene depicting Stuka ace Hans-Ulrich Rudel sinking the battleship Murat: artist Howard Gerrard brings to life a scene I'd only read about in Rudel's memoirs.

One of Army Group North's strengths is its treatment of the fighting in Finland. This is a theater often neglected in other Barbarossa histories which act like the Russian front terminated at Leningrad.
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