- Series: Schiffer Military History
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; New Ed edition (September 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764301829
- ISBN-13: 978-0764301827
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,544,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Army Group North: The Wehrmacht in Russia 1941-1945 (Schiffer Military History) Hardcover – September 1, 1996
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The author begins his book describing the battlefield that the German invaders will try to conquer. The second chapter describes the opening deployment and the rest of the book will discuss the rise and fall of the Army Group as it struggles toward Moscow then falls back to its homeland where it will desperately fight to retain Berlin. One aspect that you clearly see in the first few months of the war is that despite the impressive victories at Minsk, Smolenisk, Bryansk, Vyazma and elsewhere, the Germans were paying too high of a relative price for those victories in men and equipment. Even by the end of August 1941, you could see that the Germans could not withstand a lengthy war of attrition.
There are a number of useful maps and excellent photos to help the reader follow the narrative. The maps are in German and in some instances present a language problem when trying to decipher towns. There is also an extensive Appendix that includes Order of Battle and other useful stuff that adds to the book. There is no Index which is disappointing. Even more disappointing there is no Notes section to study or verify author's comments. Wherever possible when the need arises, I will try to confirm facts or figures with books by David Glantz or John Erickson.
In each encounter, the author tries to present all the participants, usually at regiment or higher level, for the German side (but is less thorough for the Russian side) and other pertinent facts. Regarding the Order of Battle, it was rarely static. Hitler would move divisions into and out of AGC fairly often. The author would keep you updated to the major changes throughout the book. Also, some authors may say a battle was fought near Smolensk but it was really at nearby Yartsevo, Mr Haupt will say Yartsevo.
Though I enjoyed this book for its tactical detail, its not my main source. I still prefer David Glantz but if your interests are in the tactical arena and you're a collector then you should still consider adding it to your collection. If you enjoy reading Anthony Beevor, Anthony Read, Eric Hammel or Stephen Ambrose then perhaps you won't like this volume.
One important difference with "AG South" is that "AG North" isn't firstly a mere compilation of divisional histories or others authors books.
"AG North" also address topics as the Final Solution - but only of a quick overview of the Einsatzgruppen mass shooting -, Baltic states occupation and partisan warfare.
Logically, the book focuses on military operations, even giving some data about the "other side of the hill", a good point for a German book of 1966 ! A chapter covers sea operations.
Even if "AG North" is a classical "Eastern-front-through-german-eyes" book, silent about the criminal behaviour of the German army, it could find a place in a WW2 library.
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