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Colossus Reborn: The Red Army at War (Modern War Studies (Hardcover)) Hardcover – March 25, 2005
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"A superb historian and a brilliant detective."-New York Review of Books
"Indisputably the West's foremost expert on the subject."-The Atlantic
"Glantz's unrivalled command of Soviet sources has produced a body of work that has fundamentally revised our knowledge of the Eastern Front in World War II." -Slavic Review
"The world's top scholar of the Soviet-German War."-Journal of Military History
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Glantz' book is divided into three parts to tell this story. The first is a chronological discussion of the first 30 months of war, subdivided into the initial period, which covers the war up to the Soviet counteroffensive at Stalingrad and then the second period, which covers the remaining 12 months. This first part of the book not only discusses the conventional view of the war but also clearly exposes the many Soviet operations that have lay hidden in virtual obscurity since war's end. Glantz also does a fine job showing how the Soviet-German war affected the course of WWII in general. Perhaps out of necessity this part of the book is rather concise. In any case it is still eye opening to have the vast number of counterstrokes, counteroffensives and strategic offensives laid out as they are here.Read more ›
To begin with Red Army , according to author looked imposing in size , a colossus , but had a feet of clay. It had no experience in conducting high intensity , large scale offensive operations. Victory against Japanese Kwantung Army cannot be held as a bench mark on Red Army’s operational performance as some people like Suvorov has argued. Victory was against an under gunned , underpowered foe . True test of its ability came against Germans. We know how Red Army performed.
Author has profoundly altered our understanding of war in the eastern front. He has discredited the argument Germans lost the opportunity of seizing Moscow in August 1941 by diverting the thrust to the flanks. To the contrary , according to Glantz, Germans by doing so improved prospects of capturing Soviet capital. Arguments provided support to this view represent a significant departure from established opinion on the subject.
It would be erroneous to think , author argues, German advance toward Leningrad Moscow ,Caucasus was seamless and uninterrupted, Soviets conducted a aggressive defense of their homeland b mounting numerous counter strokes, counter attacks counter offensive,, Attacks failed ;however, it delayed, disrupted, and slowed down the pace of German advance, Six months of ceaseless fighting virtually exhausted the Germans and Wehrmacht forces were terribly worn out and lacked strength to take Moscow. This fact I’m familiar with, meticulously documented in Paul Carrel’s work ‘ Hitler’s war on Russia.
We find the same pattern emerging in the summer of 1942 when Germans unleashed Case Blau.Read more ›
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I enjoy all his books,only sorry you cannot supply " islands of fire "Published 20 months ago by noel
Glantz's book is a must read for any serious student of the Eastern Front in World War II. While it may be long and dry, it covers the Soviet Army at an important time in the war. Read morePublished on July 27, 2008 by Daniel Carey
David Glantz may not write in the most exciting way or use tons of hyperbole or focus alot on the human facet of his stories on the Russo-German war, however as far as wealth of... Read morePublished on April 24, 2008 by Michael Buck
So, this is something that's only for professionals and hardcore fanatics, but it is highly recommended for them. Read morePublished on June 18, 2007 by Gabor Laszlo Varkonyi