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The Road to Stalingrad: Stalin`s War with Germany, Volume One Paperback – June 10, 1999
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About the Author
Erickson was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge and served in British Army intelligence. He is Professor and Director of the Centre for Defence at the University of Edinburgh.
Top Customer Reviews
Erickson's book explains Soviet grand strategy, operational art, and tactics, and does so during a narrative that is gripping and informative. Yes, it is true that you need maps to help you locate the place names but check out the good maps in Hayward's book while you are reading Erickson's.
Erickson cut a trail with his meticulous use of Soviet russian-language archival documents. This gives the book real strenth and reliabilty.
Soviet sacrifices were as great as Soviet suffering. I would like to shake the hand of every Soviet commander Erickson mentions. Thank God for them is all I can say. THEY won World War II.
The books I mention in this book review are so far ahead of the rest that I would give them all six stars. You must get them. Erickson's companion volume, by the way, is about the period from Stalingrad to Berlin. It is also magnificent.
By the way, I once met Professor Erickson and I can affirm that he is a thoroughly nice gentleman. He signed his book for me and happily answered my dumb questions. Isn't it nice that at least some of our paramount scholars aren't ivory-tower types?
However, this is not a book for those not already familiar with the subject. It was written for scholars of Barbarossa, and so Erickson assumes the reader to posses considerable knowledge of the subject. It contains no maps or battle plans, and references are made in passing to events and topics which it is assumed the reader has knowledge. If you have the background, this is THE study on the topic.
Most of the well-known work on this main theater of World War II leans toward using German sources. This is understandable in light of the difficulties involved in gaining access to Russian war records prior to 1989. I was staggered by Erickson's ability to get as much as he did from the Soviet archives and surviving commanders.
An earlier review of this book noted that it is not for newcomers to the study of the Great Patriotic War. I fully agree. I was, like the earlier reviewer, very puzzled by the abscence of maps in the book. Unless you know the general outlines of the Barbarossa campaign, the winter campaign before Moscow and the German summer campaigns that led to Stalingrad in 1942, you will get bogged down rather quickly.
This is an indispensible reference work on the Russo-German War. And in a paperback edition, it's a very good buy.
Overall, a wonder study of the way Stalin managed and fought the war from the Kremlin. Committees, organizations and offices springing from nowhere only to vanish again as Stalin maintained his grasp on the Soviet Union. This is not a great book in regards to the maturation of the Red Army strategies, equipment or tactics as it seems to only deal with these topics in a precursory way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sometimes difficult to follow due to a lack of maps, nevertheless a complete account of the events on the eastern front up to the counteroffensive at Stalingrad. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gentchris
Mr. Erickson literary interpretation of actual events portrays Stalin as the reclusive enigma who against all odds somehow dredges victory from beneath certain defeat.
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If I had to sum up, I'd say "Dated material that is still interesting." This is the first volume of Erickson's history of the Eastern Front, and this one suffers less from... Read morePublished 15 months ago by InterestedObserver2
There are many fine accounts of the first months of the Soviet-German conflict, but this is as near definitive an account as I've encountered. Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by Jazzman
I'm a student of that terrible winter war, one of the bitterest in the history of wars
and one of the turning points in the defeat of Hitlerite Germany in WWII. Read more
State Farm is there... Can I get a MAP???
OMG, this was a horrific time trying to understand the tactical movements without one stinking map!!! Read more
It seems to me - a relative novice to the subject - that every shred of available material concerning this period of the conflict has been assembled in this one hefty tome. Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by Helga Fiedler-Boehme
El producto llego rapido, la calidad del producto llego en perfectas condicionse. Estoy muy contenta del servicio y definitivamente volveria a usar el servicio...Gracias!!!Published on February 21, 2013 by Tornado
I enjoyed reading this book. It was well written and a well documented book about war on the Eastern Front.Published on December 16, 2012 by Jerry