Barbarossa: The Russian-German Conflict, 1941-45

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On June 22, 1941, before dawn, German tanks and guns began firing across the Russian border. It was the beginning of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, one of the most brutal campaigns in the history of warfare. Four years later, the victorious Red Army has suffered a loss of seven million lives. Alan Clark's incisive analysis succeeds in explaining how a fighting force that in one two-month period lost two million men was nevertheless able to rally to defeat the Wehrmacht. The Barbarossa campaign included some of ...

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Overview

On June 22, 1941, before dawn, German tanks and guns began firing across the Russian border. It was the beginning of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, one of the most brutal campaigns in the history of warfare. Four years later, the victorious Red Army has suffered a loss of seven million lives. Alan Clark's incisive analysis succeeds in explaining how a fighting force that in one two-month period lost two million men was nevertheless able to rally to defeat the Wehrmacht. The Barbarossa campaign included some of the greatest episodes in military history: the futile attack on Moscow in the winter of 1941-42, the siege of Stalingrad, the great Russian offensive beginning in 1944 that would lead the Red Army to the historic meeting with the Americans at the Elbe and on to victory in Berlin.

Barbarossa is a classic of miltary history. This paperback edition contains a new preface by the author.

A vivid history of one of the most brutal campaigns in military history, in which the victor, the Red Army lost seven million lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688042684
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/1985
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 316,178
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Clark, the noted historian, entered poilitics in 1972. He was Secretary of State in Margaret Thatcher's cabinet.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Charts xv
Author's Note xvii
Preface xix
Book I The "Eastern Marshals"
1 The State of the Wehrmacht 3
2 Mother Russia 28
3 The Clash of Arms 44
4 The First Crisis 77
5 The Lotzen Decision 98
6 Leningrad: Hypothesis and Reality 114
7 Slaughter in the Ukraine 129
8 The Start of the Moscow Offensive 145
9 The Battle of Moscow 158
Book II Stalingrad
10 Planning and Preliminaries 187
11 The Wehrmacht at High Tide 204
12 Verdun on the Volga 220
13 The Entombment of the 6th Army 239
14 The Advent of General von Manstein 249
Book III Zitadelle
15 Crisis and Recovery 277
16 The "Consolidation Period" 303
17 The Greatest Tank Battle in History 322
18 The Aftermath 339
Book IV Nemesis
19 "The Floodgates Are Creaking" 369
20 Eastern Europe Changes Hands 384
21 Black January 415
22 The Fall of Berlin 440
Epilogue 463
Appendices
1 Facts about the Russian and German Leaders 467
2 Chronology 481
3 Waffen SS Rank Conversion Table 482
4 Glossary of Abbreviations 483
5 Text of Fuhrer Directive #34 484
Bibliography 485
Note on Sources 491
Index 499
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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    The Definitive Narrative on this Subject Matter

    This is the most well-written and absorbing book that I have ever read on the subject of the war between Russia and Germany during World War 2. A must-read for anyone who is interested in this subject.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    A fine piece of work

    This work provided a very readable and comprehensive basis upon which to become familiar with the Eastern Front of the war. It has piqued my interest and compelled me to learn more about Stalingrad, Zukhov, Kursk and the battle for Moscow. Recommended as an initial work for those interested in the German/Russian war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2002

    Magnificent

    A. Clark's <i>Barbarossa: The Russian-German Conflict, 1941-45</i> is a magnificent, compelling account of the entire Eastern Front of World War II.<P> The writing is superb, the descriptions so detailed the reader can easily visualize the events. This is no small accomplishment when considering the extent of that theater of operations and the unfamiliarity of most western readers with the geography of the region. Excellent maps and illustrations compliment the work, and personally I found it quite difficult to put the book down at times. The writing is almost like that of an adventure novel based purely on well-researched facts. <P> This is how military history should be written!

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