Colossus Reborn: The Red Army at War, 1941-1943 (Modern War Studies Series)

Overview

In Stumbling Colossus, David Glantz explored why the Red Army was unprepared for the German blitzkrieg that nearly destroyed it and left more than four million of its soldiers dead by the end of 1941. In Colossus Reborn he recounts the miraculous resurrection of the Red Army, which, with a dazzling display of military strategy and operational prowess, stopped the Wehrmacht in its tracks and turned the tide of war.

A major achievement in the recovery and preservation of an entire...

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Overview

In Stumbling Colossus, David Glantz explored why the Red Army was unprepared for the German blitzkrieg that nearly destroyed it and left more than four million of its soldiers dead by the end of 1941. In Colossus Reborn he recounts the miraculous resurrection of the Red Army, which, with a dazzling display of military strategy and operational prowess, stopped the Wehrmacht in its tracks and turned the tide of war.

A major achievement in the recovery and preservation of an entire nation's military experience, Colossus Reborn is marked by Glantz's unrivaled access to and use of Soviet archival sources. This allows him to illuminate not only Russian victories in the Battles of Moscow, Stalingrad, and Kursk, but also to rescue a host of major "forgotten battles," many of which had been suppressed to preserve reputations and national pride. As he reveals in unprecedented detail, disastrous defeats vied with resounding victories throughout the early years of the conflict, as the Red Army struggled to find itself in the "Great Patriotic War."

Beyond the battles themselves, Glantz also presents an in-depth portrait of the Red Army as an evolving military institution. Assessing more clearly than ever before the army's size, strength, and force structure, he provides keen insights into its doctrine, strategy, tactics, weaponry, training, officer corps, and political leadership. In the process, he puts a human face on the Red Army's commanders and soldiers, including women and those who served in units-security (NKVD), engineer, railroad, auto-transport, construction, and penal forces-that have till now remained poorly understood.

The world's top authority on the Soviet military, Glantz has produced a remarkable study that adds immeasurably to our understanding of the one part of World War II that's still struggling to emerge from the shadows of history.

This book is part of the Modern War Studies series.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700613533
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Modern War Studies Series
  • Pages: 807
  • Sales rank: 798,615
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 2.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I The red army at war, 1941-1943
1 The first period of the war, 22 June 1941 to 18 November 1942 3
2 The second period of the war, 1943 37
3 Soviet military art 63
Pt. II The force
4 Strength and major components 135
5 The shadow army : NKVD forces 157
6 Rifle and airborne forces 179
7 Tank, mechanized, and cavalry forces 218
8 Artillery and air forces 285
9 Engineer, signal, chemical, railroad, auto-transport and road, and construction forces 333
Pt. III The leaders and the led
10 Strategic leadership and control organs 369
11 Central military administration 403
12 The officer corps and command cadre 466
13 The red army soldier 536
14 Conclusions 609
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