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Praise for David Glantz:

"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

About the Author

David M. Glantz and Jonathan M. House have collaborated on all three volumes of the Stalingrad Trilogy, as well as on the books When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler and The Battle of Kursk. A retired U. S. Army colonel fluent in Russian, Glantz is the author of numerous books, including The Battle for Leningrad, 19411944; Colossus Reborn: The Red Army at War, and Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania. House is the author of Combined Arms Warfare in the Twentieth Century.
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  • Series: Modern War Studies (Hardcover)
  • Hardcover: 828 pages
  • Publisher: University of Kansas Press; Third Edition edition (March 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700613536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700613533
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,097,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Glantz is today the top Western authority on the Red Army and the Great patriotic War and this massive volume is the latest product of a long process which saw his works to become ever lenghtier, more analytical, more precise and less readable unfortunately. The book leaves no unturned stone in the sparsely explored field of Red Army in the period 1941-43 and is full of statistics, tables, details and expert analysis. Although some of the chapters present little interest, like those of the rear support services and other have been the subject of thorough studies (like the tank formations and the artillery), I found the most interesting part to be that of the top military leadership and the fate of the various commanders from the level of the Corps upwards. One must be warned though that this book is not for the layman, nor for someone who has only a passing interest in the subject. For readers that want a more readable work on the Red Army I would suggest Mackintosh's "Juggernaut" and for those that love the wealth of details and are fascinated by the hard facts of statistics but do not want to pore through 700 pages, Walter Dunn's excellent book "Hitler's Nemesis: The Red Army 1933-45".
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Although hundreds of histories of Soviet-German war have been published in the last decade or so, they have for the most part either focused on large-scale operations, told the story from a predominantly German perspective, or, most likely, done both. Another unfortunate result of this has been the number of revisionist works, in some degree or another based on Viktor Suvorov's Icebreaker. In part this was out of necessity due to a a number of factors, including the lack of access to former Soviet archives as well as the repression of histories deemed embarrassing to important wartime heroes. David Glantz has once again answered this dearth of reliable Soviet-perspective war history with his newest volume Colossus Reborn. Using a massive number or Soviet primary sources he has written the comprehensive history of the Soviet-German war.

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.
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After reading this book I was mazed at the organization of this army. The ablities the organize units on such a massive scale is quiet the accomplishment. All units and the evolution of the army is well documented and shows the army on going issue of up-grading its formation to standard levels great read with a lot of charts.
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The book is a companion volume to ‘Stumbling Colossus and should be read in sequence. Focus of the study is the transformation of Red Army into a powerful war machine.

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.
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