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The Road to Stalingrad: Stalin`s War with Germany, Volume One Paperback – June 10, 1999
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Erickson's two-volume series appeared individually in 1975 and 1983, respectively. The first volume traces the roots of Russia's war with Germany as Hitler's crack ground troops pushed their way into Stalin's territory. The second installation continues the story as the Red Army struggles to force the invading enemy from its borders. A top-shelf military history.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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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.
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