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Stopped at Stalingrad: The Luftwaffe and Hitler's Defeat in the East, 1942-1943 (Modern War Studies) Paperback – April 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Series: Modern War Studies
  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas; Reprint edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700611460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700611461
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... an original and formidably researched study ... Stopped at Stalingrad is an absolutely indispensable work not only for its revelations about Stalingrad, but equally for a more complete understanding of the nature of Soviet-German operations in a critical year."
-- Professor John Erickson, RUSI Journal

"This is excellent account ... Hayward has used a remarkably wide range of sources, which he handles with exceptional deftness and critical detachment. He writes clearly and interestingly. ...This is a model of its kind, which ought to set an agenda for the reconstruction of the air narrative" - Professor Richard Overy, War in History

"Hayward, in a magnificently researched study, provides us with what is probably the best look at how the Luftwaffe operated in the context of the 1942-1943 Stalingrad campaign. ... He also provides the best available account of the disastrous Stalingrad airlift."
 -- Richard Muller, in C. Messenger, ed, Reader's Guide to Military History

"This is a superb piece of work. It is an absolute must for anyone with an interest in the war on the eastern front, and on the Stalingrad campaign in particular. ... The book is splendidly researched and well written."
-- Professor Richard L. DiNardo
New York Military Affairs Symposium Newsletter

"[In] this highly acclaimed work ... Hayward draws on diaries of many German and Russian key commanders and regular airmen to recreate crucial battles and to convey the drama of Hitler's frustrations and reckless leadership. The book is a major contribution to understanding of the Stalingrad Battle."
 -- Reviews

From the Back Cover

"A comprehensive view of one of the most important air campaigns of World War II and an insightful study of the Luftwaffe's leaders and its way of war. A 'must read' for anyone interested in the airpower history of World War II."--James S. Corum, author of The Luftwaffe: Creating the Operational Air War, 1918-1940

"An outstanding and long-overdue campaign history that puts a human face on the military decision-making process."--Richard Muller, author of The German Air War in Russia

"A major contribution to the history of the Russo-German War."--Dennis Showalter, author of Tannenberg: Clash of Empires --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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So the information from them and the author's conclusions are revelations.
Rudi Liestal
The author Joel Hayworth did a fantastic job of researching the ill-fated Luftwaffe attempt to keep the encircled German troops in Stalingrad supplied.
Highly recommended, and essential reading for anyone interested in this period of history.
Jeff J. Janoda

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121 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Graham Henderson on October 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Stopped at Stalingrad" is one of those genuine surprises. Just when you think you have read everything you need to read or want to read about a given subject, along comes a book that forever alters your view of that subject.
This book's principle focus is on the Luftwaffe's role on the Eastern Front. It may, indeed, be the only book length treatment of the subject. Joel Hayward demonstrates with great care that the German's use of air power as a tactical, and not strategic, weapon in close support of ground forces was perhaps THE key factor in the German army's early successes in the East. Patton and the Allied Generals could only DREAM of tactical air-ground support on this level. Writes Hayward, "The Luftwaffe, together with the army meticulously co-ordinated their operations and created joint "Schwerpunkte"(points of main efforts)." I may be demonstrating my own woeful lack of knowledge, but this is the first time in all my reading about the German war effort that I encountered a discussion of the critical doctrine of Schwerpunkte.
But one of this book's best offerings, comes at the very beginning where Hayward outlines in detail the crucial role that oil, or the lack thereof, played in the entire German war effort. From the outset, the German's were running at a critical deficit. And even with the Rumanian oil fields running at full capacity, the German's were in terrible trouble. And every time they absorbed a new chunk of territory, their situation became all the more desperate.
So great was Germany's reliance upon the Rumanian oil fields that Hitler became obsessed with the potential for Russian bombers to turn them in to what he called, "an expanse of smoking debris.
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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Harry Raugh on April 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
You'll have to search hard to find any book that better interweaves a rollicking good narrative with top-notch scholarly analysis of tactics, operational art and strategy. Added to that are good clear maps, a helpful glossary, thorough source and footnote details and a full index. This book initially upset a lot of buffs by slaying several sacred cows, yet Hayward's interpretations have not only survived, but they have been widely accepted by scholars and Stalingrad enthusiasts alike. This has indeed, as another reviewer noted, become a necessary "standard work" on Stalingrad.
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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on September 4, 2004
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The author has done an outstanding job on this book. I was very pleased with the coverage of the Crimean battles of early 1942 and the launching of Operation Blue when Richtofen's Corps was moved north to support the attack. You get a good, solid picture of the decision's at Army Command, Group, corp, and Division level throughout. The best part for me about a book is when I learn not just one thing, but learn new info on several aspect's of this huge struggle in the East. Enough praise now purchase this book! Anyone interested in the Eastern Front of WW2 should have this book.
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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert H Pingel on July 4, 2003
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This is a detailed book with a strong analytical component, great new photographs, and a good bilingual bibliography. The author begins in March 1942 and takes the Stalingrad campaign through to its death in February 1942. Both air force and ground operations get good coverage, but the real strength of this book is its explanation of how the two branches (and even the German navy in the Black Sea) cooperated together. The account is based on a careful reading of scores of unpublished war diaries and other rare documents, and is therefore a nice surprise after reading countless previous Stalingrad books which all quote the same, readily available sources (Lost Victories, Chuikov's book, etc). The book is stronger overall than Beevor's book, even if the latter is faster paced and has more on the Soviets.
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By "ian-p-rennie-2" on July 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This account of the Luftwaffe's cooperation with the German army in the east during the long year from March 1942 to 1943 is historical reconstruction at its very best. Expertly it explains war in all its levels, from tactical to operational to strategic, and it focuses for the first time in any such book on the complex everyday operating relationship between ground and air forces. Scholars may think Hayward too hard on Hitler's and Goering's "incompetent" decision-making, but they'll be hard-pressed to disprove his theories. That's because Hayward's account is based on unpublished wartime documents and diaries. You don't have a complete record of Stalingrad without this book!
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Cynth Ellen Leeds on March 25, 2004
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Put plainly: you can't understand the Battle of Stalingrad without this book. It is the only analysis of air and joint components of that hell on earth battle. Its author did a huge amount of work in archives and relies on unpublished diaries, notebooks, situation reports, squadron records, afteraction assessments and so on. The argument is clear and persuasive: that much of the credit for German successes during the eastern battles of 1942 must go to the Luftwaffe. Whereas many enthusiasts and some scholars have always presented the Luftwaffe as the secondary, supportive arm, with the army dominant, Dr Hayward makes clear that that view is out of date and unsupportable. The Luftwaffe led and dominated during the entire 1942 campaign. That doesn't mean that it could perform the impossible task Goering and Jeschonnek gave to it: supply of Sixth Army. Hayward's analysis of the airlift is the only authoritative account. The book is superbly crafted and compellingly written. It is one of three or four books that every Stalingrad reader MUST own.
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Professor Joel Hayward (Shaykh Yusuf Moustafa Muhammad) is a New Zealand-born British scholar, shaykh, writer and poet. He holds two academic leadership positions within Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi. He is both the Director of the Institute of International and Civil Security and the Chair of the multidisciplinary Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. He joined Khalifa University as a full Professor of International and Civil Security in 2012, after having enjoyed a Fellowship at the Cambridge Muslim College.

His career highlights include having been the Dean of the prestigious and historical Royal Air Force College for five years (2007-2011), Director of the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies for four years (2008-2012), Head of King's College London's Air Power Studies Division for six years (2005-2011), as well as Program Coordinator, Centre for Defense Studies, and Senior Lecturer in Defense and Strategic Studies, Massey University (both in New Zealand). He has also been the lead air power academic for King's College London's MA degree, Air Power in the Modern World, which was the UK's first specialist degree programme in air power studies. He is also honoured to be Professor of Strategy (Adjunct) at the Indonesian Defense University in Jakarta. Further, he is an "expert" contributor to Think Africa Press.

Prof Hayward is especially interested in international politics, Just War and the ethics of modern conflict. He also researches and lectures on the Islamic laws and ethics of security. He is interested in both the influence of conflict on Islam and the influence of Islam on conflict.

He is fascinated by comparative religious studies, and reads the scriptures of the monotheistic faiths in their original languages (Hebrew, Greek and Arabic). Also able to speak several modern languages, he has undertaken extensive primary research in Russian and German archives.

He is the author or editor of ten positively reviewed books and dozens of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Some of his works have been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, Serbian, German and Chinese. In January 2012, the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan, published his concise monograph, Warfare in the Qur'an. His most recent book, the edited work, Air Power and the Environment: the Ecological Implications of Modern Air Warfare, was published in 2013.

He is currently writing a new book, Prophet and Warrior: The Conduct and Justice of Muhammad's Military Campaigns, based on a careful analysis of the earliest Arabic sources.

Prof Hayward has lectured widely throughout Europe, Asia and beyond on various defense, security, ethics and religious topics and is a Professor of Strategy (Adjunct) at the Indonesian Defense University. He has given strategic advice to national political and military leaders in several countries, has given policy advice to prominent shaykhs, and has tutored His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales (future king of England).

In October 2010 Professor Hayward spoke (twice) at the Global Peace & Unity (GPU) conference on the topic: "War & Ethics: The Compatibility of 'Western' and Islamic Thought". He especially enjoyed speaking alongside General Sir David Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff, at the Eid Celebration of the Armed Forces Muslim Association on 17 December 2010.

In 2011 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2012 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

In March 2014, Prof Hayward was honored to receive two ijazaah from Islamic scholar Shaykh-ul-islam Professor Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, head of the international Minhaj-ul-Quran movement. Ijazaah are the permission certificates or licenses used by Sunni shaykhs to indicate that they have authorized a person to transmit a certain subject or text of Islamic knowledge as a shaykh himself.

Dated 6 March 2014, the ijazaah authorize "Shaykh Yusuf Moustafa Muhammad (Professor Joel Hayward) ... to transmit the knowledge and sciences of Seerah (Biography of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and Islamic Ideology".

Unusually for a social scientist, Prof Hayward is also very active in the literary arts. He has published much poetry and fiction, including two books of short stories and two collections of poetry. They have garnered strong reviews. His poems have appeared in many literary and community magazines and journals, including Damazine, Al Mu'min, Spin, Fresh, The Invitation, Southern Ocean Review, Chaff, Nineteen-O-Splash, The Mozzie and Valley Micropress. His second major poetry collection, Splitting the Moon: A Collection of Islamic Poetry, was published by Kube Publishers in 2012.

He is currently working on his next Islamic poetry collection, to be titled Poems from the Straight Path.

The Muslim News (UK) reviewed "Splitting the Moon: A Collection of Islamic Poetry", in glowing terms:

"[Joel Hayward] is a very skilful and gifted poet whose way with words is impressive. His poems are easy to understand, highly pertinent and equally spiritually profound, that is to say, this collection of poems are much more than poetry; they also provide a powerful commentary on the social, political, moral and religious challenges and difficulties currently facing Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The fact that he is able to do this in an elegant, evocative and inspiring way is an added bonus. ... The poem titled The Voyage of a Scholar ... is a beautiful example of how the poet is able to blend the personal, emotional, spiritual and existential dimensions of human experience, and do so without in any way over-playing or undermining any aspect. This is a very rare skill for a poet to possess. ... This is one of the best collections of Islamic poems I have read for some time; a must read for both Muslims and non-Muslims."

-Muhammad Khan
The Muslim News, Issue 276
Friday 27 April 2012

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