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Operational History of the Eastern Front

Dave Schranck "Dave"
The list author says: "This chronological list will present books that cover the operational aspects of battle of the Russo-German War. Some of the books have been around for years and others are fairly new. Some of the authors are celebrated while others are unknown. This list is an attempt to present the widest coverage of the war and is a work in progress and will be changed and added to in the future. A new list will follow to expand the coverage."
Before Stalingrad: Barbarossa, Hitler's Invasion of Russia 1941 (Battles & Campaigns)
Before Stalingrad: Barbarossa, Hitler's Invasion of Russia 1941 (Battles & Campaigns)
"Besides the select battle action in AGC sector, coverage of the critical conflict between going directly to Moscow or diverting to Kiev in September is presented. Mr Glantz doesn't believe Moscow could be taken and held during the winter months regardless of the battle plan but believes the Germans' best chance of victory was by destroying the armies at Kiev. Very interesting read."
BARBAROSSA DERAILED: THE BATTLE FOR SMOLENSK 10 JULY-10 SEPTEMBER 1941 VOLUME 1: The German Advance, The Encirclement Battle, and the First and Second Soviet Counteroffensives, 10 July-24 August 1941
BARBAROSSA DERAILED: THE BATTLE FOR SMOLENSK 10 JULY-10 SEPTEMBER 1941 VOLUME 1: The German Advance, The Encirclement Battle, and the First and Second Soviet Counteroffensives, 10 July-24 August 1941
"This covers the strategically important battles for control of the Dvina-Dnepr Rivers. Smolensk and the surrounding area  is the primary battle zone. Excellent detailed operational coverage, after action reports and analysis predominately from the Soviet perspective provide excellent insight into the battle. Many good maps, many Notes and a large Bibliography included."
Operation Barbarossa and Germany's Defeat in the East (Cambridge Military Histories)
Operation Barbarossa and Germany's Defeat in the East (Cambridge Military Histories)
"David Stahel claims Germany didn't first lose steam at Kursk, Stalingrad or  Moscow. He suggests the Germans lost all chance of defeating Russia by mid Aug 41, after the costly battle at Smolensk. The author provides extensive evidence to prove his theory that Germany didn't have the military or industrial might to defeat Russia after the losses of 1941. Good maps, notes and bibliography."
The Retreat: Hitler's First Defeat
The Retreat: Hitler's First Defeat
"The primary aspect of this book are the 100s of anecdotal experiences of soldiers, officers and a few civilians who try to overcome their fears and stay alive during a war that was on a scale that hopefully mankind will never have to experience again. The other issue is the operational overview of Op Typhoon and the subsequent Russian counter offensive. The two aspects are blended seamlessly."
War Without Garlands: Barbarossa 1941/42
War Without Garlands: Barbarossa 1941/42
"A very interesting book to study. It covers the strategic overview of Op Barbarossa with an abundance of anecdotal experiences. In fact the main theme of this book deals with the thoughts and actions of the German soldier as he fights a determined enemy, poor roads, violent rain storms, extreme temperatures and a battlefield that stretched forever. The 132 photos depict this difficult time."
Battle For Moscow
Battle For Moscow
"Learned about the plight of the German soldier's struggle in battle or advancing to battle. Covers how the freezing weather or heavy rains destroyed roads and what it took to navigate them, how equip was lost to the weather etc. Only a few months into the war, resupply problems delayed their progress. Maps + tactical diagrams will interest. The scale of book is small but its an interesting read."
Kharkov 1942
Kharkov 1942
"This book is included in the list because it covers an important battle in the war that with the German victory set up their campaign for Stalingrad. I think the coverage is too Soviet oriented but you will learn a lot from it.and it has many good maps. The analysis and conclusions on the Soviet side are good as well."
To the Gates of Stalingrad: Soviet-German Combat Operations, April-August 1942 (Modern War Studies)
To the Gates of Stalingrad: Soviet-German Combat Operations, April-August 1942 (Modern War Studies)
"The coverage of the military aspects of Operation Blue is great. The book ends just as the 6th Army reaches Stalingrad. The book is broken down into ten chapters by chronological order and sector. After action reports, analysis and conclusions are also drawn. The new info presented makes this book a must read for serious students. Many maps, extensive notes and a bibliography are included."
Armageddon in Stalingrad: September-November 1942 (The Stalingrad Trilogy, Volume 2) (Modern War Studies)
Armageddon in Stalingrad: September-November 1942 (The Stalingrad Trilogy, Volume 2) (Modern War Studies)
"This volume takes you through 11/18, the day before Op Uranus launches. Glantz provides detailed coverage on a unprecedented level of the 6th  and 4th PzA's battle for the city. Timely tables show the condition and deployment position of divisions, after action reports, brief profiles of key officers and competent  analysis,maps, a few photos and extensive Notes and Bibliography are included."
Zhukov's Greatest Defeat: The Red Army's Epic Disaster in Operation Mars, 1942 (Modern War Studies)
Zhukov's Greatest Defeat: The Red Army's Epic Disaster in Operation Mars, 1942 (Modern War Studies)
"Op Mars launched a week after Op Uranus to destroy the 9th Army in the Rzhev salient. Good operational details of Model's defense stopping superior numbers. Good maps, Appendix with OB, photos, Notes, Biblio. With Soviets suppressing the battle, Glantz wanted to publicize the truth."
From the Don to the Dnepr: Soviet Offensive Operations, December 1942 - August 1943 (Soviet (Russian) Military Experience)
From the Don to the Dnepr: Soviet Offensive Operations, December 1942 - August 1943 (Soviet (Russian) Military Experience)
"This book covers four key Soviet offensives which were instigated from the stunning victory at Stalingrad. This has day to day battle coverage that includes the many different units that were involved in the Kharkov sector and will require your close attention to get the most out of this book and is recommended for the serious student. Also has many maps but have your magnifer glass nearby."
Croatian Legion The 369th Reinforced (Croatian) Infantry Regiment on the Eastern Front 1941-1943
Croatian Legion The 369th Reinforced (Croatian) Infantry Regiment on the Eastern Front 1941-1943
"This new book is great. Its about the short but valiant history of the Croatian 369th  IR. The  coverage includes activation and battle history with Kharkov and Stalingrad the two major events covered."
Death of the Leaping Horseman: 24 Panzer-Division in Stalingrad 12th August-20th November 1942
Death of the Leaping Horseman: 24 Panzer-Division in Stalingrad 12th August-20th November 1942
"This book covers the 24th PzD's assault into Stalingrad and is meticulously researched and skillfully presented w/ much detail. Also many maps and photos. Much to learn and though its detail laden, the presentation is interesting and there is no chance of getting bored. Many first person accounts depict the human side of battle. Daily after action reports help follow the action."
Island of Fire: The Battle for the Barrikady Gun Factory in Stalingrad
Island of Fire: The Battle for the Barrikady Gun Factory in Stalingrad
"The book covers, for the most part, the day to day action of the industrial section in the north between Nov 2nd when engineering battalions arrive in the city and Feb 2, 43 when the Germans surrender. The 138th RD / 305th ID are given special attention in the battle. Many individuals on both sides that are mentioned for their bravery as well. Many maps and photos plus a nice appendix."
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)
"This is the best operational book on Kharkov 1943 that I've found. After losing Kharkov, Manstein institutes a clever counterattack that shatters 4 armies, retakes Kharkov, Belgorod. Writing from the German perspective, Mr Nipe does a nice job of presenting detailed history. Adding to the battle coverage, profiles of many Germans are discussed. Large maps and photos round out the story."
The Battle of Kursk
The Battle of Kursk
"An excellent choice to watch the operational aspects of the battle unfold and to read the analysis and conclusions of a veteran and keen researcher. Many good maps to help follow the action. Important discussions on many important topics including tank attrition and recoverability, the shifting of direction toward Prokhorovka and canceling the Operation. Includes Notes and Bibliography."
Demolishing the Myth: The Tank Battle at Prokhorovka, Kursk, July 1943: An Operational Narrative
Demolishing the Myth: The Tank Battle at Prokhorovka, Kursk, July 1943: An Operational Narrative
"This is a must read book for all Citadel fans. It has operational details and analysis you won't find in other books. It also has great color maps though I wished for a few more."
Blood, Steel, and Myth: The II.SS-Panzer-Korps and the Road to Prochorowka
Blood, Steel, and Myth: The II.SS-Panzer-Korps and the Road to Prochorowka
"Operational Coverage of the 2nd SS Panzer Corp as it drives toward Prokhorovka. Great story along with good maps and photos."
Zitadelle: The German Offensive Against the Kursk Salient 4-17 July 1943
Zitadelle: The German Offensive Against the Kursk Salient 4-17 July 1943
"Though having different formats and content, his book is in the same league as David Glantz's book on Kursk and would make an excellent supplement to it. It also has more and better photos to study and takes different views on several key issues."
Decision in the Ukraine, Summer 1943: II. SS and III. Panzerkorps
Decision in the Ukraine, Summer 1943: II. SS and III. Panzerkorps
"This book covers the post Citadel period of late July and August when the Soviets went on the offensive south of Kursk. The author discusses some of the key issues of Citadel as well. One of the best operational books on the period and includes many helpful maps. The book is a nice complement to Glantz's "From the Don to the Dnepr". Highly recommended."
The Caucasus and the Oil, The German-Soviet War in the Caucasus 1942/43
The Caucasus and the Oil, The German-Soviet War in the Caucasus 1942/43
"Hitler wanted the region for its wealth had access to the Black Sea and eventually the Med. Controlling this region would also stop US supplies from reaching the Soviets. This book has excellent day to day coverage of the fighting for this land. The battle coverage, though good, is dry. There aren't that many books on the Caucasus fighting but this is one of the best. Has many simple maps."
Battle for the Caucasus
Battle for the Caucasus
"In 1942 the author, Major General Grechko was the commander of the 12th Army of the Southern Front. Using internal records, and captured German records, he has reconstructed the fighting for the control of the important Caucasus region. This book is excellent and a perfect counterbalance to Tieke's German perspective. Lacks maps but it does have many photos of Soviet officers."
AFTER STALINGRAD: The Red Army's Winter Offensive 1942-1943
AFTER STALINGRAD: The Red Army's Winter Offensive 1942-1943
"This book covers the critical period of mid Nov, 42 to Apr 43, and is the lynchpin that links the author's Stalingrad books and his Kursk book but unlike those books, this book covers most of the entire front and completes the battle coverage from spring 42 to Aug 43. Has 117 maps; most are good. This book is sort of a summary for much of what is covered can be read in the author's other books."
The Battle for Leningrad, 1941-1944 (Modern War Studies)
The Battle for Leningrad, 1941-1944 (Modern War Studies)
"Once again, Mr Glantz has delivered a jam packed account of another important campaign of WWII. The action covers, in the German AGN sector, the beginning of Barbarossa in June 41 and goes to April 44 when the Russians liberated Leningrad and pushed the Germans back to Panther defensive line. Also included are 18 maps, photos, tables, analysis, documents, extensive Notes and Bibliography."
Beyond Stalingrad: Manstein and the Operations of Army Group Don
Beyond Stalingrad: Manstein and the Operations of Army Group Don
"Excellent summary of Operations Little Saturn, Gallop and Star. For anybody not having the time to read David Glantz's books on this period then this would be an excellent alternative. Very concise but informative. Many simple but helpful maps. Has some notes and a good Bibliography."
CRUCIBLE OF COMBAT: Germany's Defensive Battles in the Ukraine 1943-44
CRUCIBLE OF COMBAT: Germany's Defensive Battles in the Ukraine 1943-44
"The coverage starts in late 43, where the Germans were dending the Dniepr and being pushed back to the Dniestr. The evac of the Kuban and the Crimea  is also discussed. The rest of the book deals with the Soviet offensive to secure Eastern Rumania. Excellent op coverage, many details of the German side. Has many good but complicated maps, ext appendix. Author's best book covers important sector."
East Front Drama 1944
East Front Drama 1944
"Op Bagration staring in June 44 and decimated AGC. Coverage is from the German perspective. It has a few gaps in the battle coverage and the Soviet side takes a back seat to the German defense but its still a good read. There are many complicated maps that once mastered will help you follow the battle. An extensive appendix includes an Order of Battle and much more. Has photos."
Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania, Spring 1944 (Modern War Studies)
Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania, Spring 1944 (Modern War Studies)
"The 2nd UF attacks along the Tirgu-Frumos axis while the 3rd UF, after liberating Odessa, attack the Germans along the Dnestr River near Tiraspol. The op coverage is excellent. Author describes the plan, give the step by step action of the battle and then analyze the results. Interspersed with the author's dialog are after action reports. Includes 32 maps, photos, appendix, notes, bibliography."
Hell's Gate: The Battle of the Cherkassy Pocket, January-February 1944
Hell's Gate: The Battle of the Cherkassy Pocket, January-February 1944
"This is probably the definitive account of the battle for the Cherkassy Pocket and the subsequent relief attempt by Manstein. ItÂ’s a large book with large maps and many great photos. It also has a nice balance of operational coverage with anecdotal experience."
Hitler's Greatest Defeat: The Collapse Of The Army Group Centre, June 1944 (The World of War)
Hitler's Greatest Defeat: The Collapse Of The Army Group Centre, June 1944 (The World of War)
"Mr Adair has written a capable story of how the Soviets out blitz the Germans and practically destroyed the entire AGC in such a short period of time. The speed and scale of the Soviet victory is astounding. The maps were helpful as was the Appendix which included an OB. Many photos of German and Soviet commanders and a few battlefield shots. A worthy Bibliography, Index also."
The Road to Stalingrad (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
The Road to Stalingrad (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
"This is classic coverage from a Soviet perspective of the first 18 months of the war. It gives political + military conditions of the two countries.  It ends with the assault and the entrapment of 6th Army at Stalingrad. Mr Erickson studied Russia most of his life and his experience and dedication is seen on every page. Maps, photos, an notes section and bibliography extend the learning process."
HITLER'S PANZER ARMIES ON THE EASTERN FRONT
HITLER'S PANZER ARMIES ON THE EASTERN FRONT
"This volume is a high level overview of the tactical history of each of the 4 Panzer Armies on the Eastern Front. A few of the noted Commanders of these Armies are Guderian, Hoth, Kleist and Hoepner. The author gives a good accounting of each army and its commander but the coverage is not comprehensive. Its still a nice reference that should satisfy most."
Ostfront 1944: The German Defensive Battles on the Russian Front 1944
Ostfront 1944: The German Defensive Battles on the Russian Front 1944
"1944 was a bad year for the Reich. The Germans lost much ground and suffered heavy casualties. Summaries include Cherkassy Pocket, Ternopol, Crimea, Operation Bagration, Brody Pocket and Rumanian Defense. The coverage of the destruction of AGC in June received 78 pages and was very good; the other engagements  received less but ample attention. Maps and analysis were included with each battle."
Battleground Prussia: The Assault on Germany's Eastern Front 1944-45 (General Military)
Battleground Prussia: The Assault on Germany's Eastern Front 1944-45 (General Military)
"The author has written an eminently satisfying read, blending good tactical battle coverage, commentary,appraisal, many anecdotal experiences of soldiers trying to stay alive and civilians trying to escape the ravages of battle. There is also some coverage of the assault on Pomerania but the main focus is on East Prussia. Has 14 good maps, some notes and bibliography."
German Battle Tactics on the Russian Front, 1941-1945: (Schiffer Military Aviation History)
German Battle Tactics on the Russian Front, 1941-1945: (Schiffer Military Aviation History)
"Newton has selected 10 Corps or Div size battles that includes Moscow, Rzhev, Kharkov. Each chapter contains up to 5 maps. In some cases Mr Newton offers add'l info that the original commander overlooked. Each commander is profiled regarding background info of the engagement to assist the reader in understanding the article. He also points out the relevant reasons for choosing each essay."
Bloody Streets: The Soviet Assault on Berlin, April 1945
Bloody Streets: The Soviet Assault on Berlin, April 1945
"This large book covers the last days of the Third Reich. Zhukov and Konev had already crossed the Oder and was now approaching the greater limits of Berlin. The author provides street by street fighting along with great maps and photos. An Order of Battle is provided along with a section of post war lives of a select group of Germans trying to survive the occupation."
For the Homeland: The 31st Waffen-SS Volunteer Grenadier Division in World War II (Stackpole Military History Series)
For the Homeland: The 31st Waffen-SS Volunteer Grenadier Division in World War II (Stackpole Military History Series)
"The book is about Hungarian volunteers of the 31st SS Division valiantly trying to stop the superior forces of the 2nd and 3rd UFs from overrunning their country. This moving story is equal parts of tactical action and the personal experiences of the members of the 31st. It provides new coverage of Eastern Europe near the end of the war."
Knight's Cross Panzers: The German 35th Tank Regiment in World War II (Stackpole Military History Series)
Knight's Cross Panzers: The German 35th Tank Regiment in World War II (Stackpole Military History Series)
"The 35th PzR was a integral part of the 4th PzD. It saw action at the Desna, Drut + Vistula Rivers. Cities included Roslavl, Kiev, Orel, Tula, Stalingrad, Kursk, Gomel, Prussia. The 35th Regiment was destroyed on 5/9/45 with the sinking of the Goya. This book was written by the few survivors of the division in tribute to its fallen brothers. Few maps, photos and an appendix adds to the history."
Drama Between Budapest and Vienna: The Final Fighting of the 6th Panzer-Armee in the East - 1945
Drama Between Budapest and Vienna: The Final Fighting of the 6th Panzer-Armee in the East - 1945
"The coverage begins when the 4th SS PzC launch Operation Konrad, an attack toward Budapest to relieve the trapped garrison encircled by the 2nd and 3rd UFs. Mr Maier, popular in Europe, has written an excellent book that covers in detail the events of the sector, both military and personal. It comes with a gallery of color maps and some great photos as well as an extensive appendix."
LAST LAURELS: The German Defence of Upper Silesia, January-May 1945
LAST LAURELS: The German Defence of Upper Silesia, January-May 1945
"Using primary sources, the author reconstructs a daily chronicle of the German entrapment in this critical area. The tactical coverage for the Germans, is good but what elevates this book to five stars is the moving accounts given of the German officers, soldiers and civilians as the battle rages. These eyewitness accounts really show the horrors of war. Nice maps and great photos are included."