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Essential Soviet-German War Reading

S. Heminger "Franziskaner lieber"
 
War of Annihilation: Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front, 1941 (Total War: New Perspectives on World War II)
War of Annihilation: Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front, 1941 (Total War: New Perspectives on World War II)
"This is an excellent intro to the crucial facets of the German Russian War.  Check out my review on this book for more on why I recommend it so highly."
The Road to Stalingrad: Stalin`s War with Germany, Volume One
The Road to Stalingrad: Stalin`s War with Germany, Volume One
"THE single volume history of the operations of the first year and a half of the war.   Complete other than the somewhat annoying lack of maps that a history this comprehensive should include."
Stumbling Colossus: The Red Army on the Eve of World War (Modern War Studies)
Stumbling Colossus: The Red Army on the Eve of World War (Modern War Studies)
"The finest explanation of the soviet mistakes leading up to the beginning of the war.  Read my review of this book for a more in depth opinion."
Colossus Reborn: The Red Army at War (Modern War Studies)
Colossus Reborn: The Red Army at War (Modern War Studies)
"Tells the story with the typical excellence of Glantz of the resurrection of an almost destroyed Red Army"
The Battle of Kursk
The Battle of Kursk
"Glantz's superlative history of the last major offensive of the Wehrmacht and the consequences it had for the balance of forces"
The Road to Berlin: Stalin`s War with Germany, Volume Two
The Road to Berlin: Stalin`s War with Germany, Volume Two
"Almost as good as Erickson's first volume if not for somewhat annoying weight given to coverage of secondary political issues."
The Battle for Leningrad, 1941-1944 (Modern War Studies)
The Battle for Leningrad, 1941-1944 (Modern War Studies)
"A fantastic look at the greatest siege in modern history using a host of excellent primary and sources!  Glantz proves his mastery of the Russo/German war yet again."
Hitler's Police Battalions: Enforcing Racial War in the East (Modern War Studies)
Hitler's Police Battalions: Enforcing Racial War in the East (Modern War Studies)
"The definitive word on the role of an organization's culture and ideology in the prosecution of the "War of Annihilation". See my review of this book."
What Stalin Knew: The Enigma of Barbarossa
What Stalin Knew: The Enigma of Barbarossa
"A fascinating and concise story of the depth of soviet knowledge of German plans and the lengths that Stalin went to to repress info in the intelligence comunity that didn't match his beliefs."
With Our Backs to Berlin
With Our Backs to Berlin
"An outstanding collection of memoirs of german soldiers in the last days of the war, fighting not for an ideology but to somehow stem the tide of war flooding into their homeland."
The Forgotten Soldier
The Forgotten Soldier
"The best memoir of the Eastern front yet published, bar none: sober, engaging and frequently heartwrenching in a matter of fact style."
Stalingrad: Memories and Reassessments (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
Stalingrad: Memories and Reassessments (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
"A scathing look into the criminality of a regime and General Staff who would sacrifice the lives of tens of of thousands of soldiers. Check out the review I've written for this book."
199 Days: The Battle for Stalingrad
199 Days: The Battle for Stalingrad
"One of the most readable and engaging histories of the battle for Stalingrad written in some time."
The Fall of Berlin 1945
The Fall of Berlin 1945
"An excellent history of the final battle for the German capital in March and April 1945."
Last Victory in Russia: The SS-Panzerkorps and Manstein's Kharkov Counteroffensive, February-March 1943 (Schiffer Military History Book)
Last Victory in Russia: The SS-Panzerkorps and Manstein's Kharkov Counteroffensive, February-March 1943 (Schiffer Military History Book)
"A wonderfully written albeit lengthy comprehensive history of the last successful German offensive of the war against the USSR."
Hell's Gate: The Battle of the Cherkassy Pocket, January-February 1944
Hell's Gate: The Battle of the Cherkassy Pocket, January-February 1944
"A very detailed account of one of the series of disasters for the Wehrmacht in the latter years of the war."
In Deadly Combat: A German Soldier's Memoir of the Eastern Front (Modern War Studies)
In Deadly Combat: A German Soldier's Memoir of the Eastern Front (Modern War Studies)
"Another fantastically written memoir as told from a regular infantryman during various stages of the eastern war."
Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front
Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front
"Probably an actual tie for 17th on this list and another sobering account from another regular soldier"