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

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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.

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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: 818,221
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 2.15 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Tables, and Illustrations

Introduction

Part I. The Red Army at War

1. The First Period of the War, 22 June 1941 to 18 November 1942

-The Summer-Fall Campaign, 22 June to 5 December 1941

-The Winter Campaign, December 1941 to April 1942

-The Summer-Fall Campaign, May-November 1942

2. The Second Period of War, 1943

-The Winter Campaign, November 1942 to April 1943

-The Summer-Fall Campaign, June-December 1943

-The Impact of War

3. Soviet Military Art

-Military Strategy

-Strategic Defensive Operations

-Strategic Offensive Operations

-Strategic Reserves

-Operational Art

-Tactics

-Conclusions

Part II. The Force

4. Strength and Major Components

-The Armed Forces

-The Field Forces

-PVO Strany (National Air Defense Forces)

-The Stavka Reserve

-Military Districts and Nonoperating Fronts

5. The Shadow Army: NKVD Forces

-Missions and Size

-Structure in 1941

-Wartime Evolution

6. Rifle and AIrborne Forces

-Rifle Forces

-Airborne Forces

-Operating Strengths

-Infantry (Rifle) Weaponry

7. Tank, Mechanized, and Cavary Forces

-Tank and Mechanized Forces

-Cavalry Forces

-Operating Strengths

-Armored Vehicles and Trucks

8. Artillery and Air Forces

-Artillery

-Air Forces

-Artillery and Aircraft

9. Engineer, Signal, Chemical, Railroad, Auto-Transport and Road, and Construction Forces

-Engineer (Sapper) Forces

-Signal Forces

-Chemical Forces

-Railroad Forces

-Auto-Transport and Road Construction and Repair Forces

-Construction Troops

-Engineer, Signal, and Chemical Weapons

Part III. The Leaders and the Led

10. Strategic Leadership and Control Organs

-Strategic Leadership

-Control Organs

-Personalities

11. Central Military Administration

-People's Commissariat of Defense (NKO)

-Internal Security Forces (NKVD)

-Red Army General Staff (GShKA)

12. The Officer Corps and Command Cadre

-From Crisis to Recovery

-Command Cadre

13. The Red Army Soldier

-Conscription

-Ethnicity (Non-Slavic Soldiers)

-Women in the Red Army

-The Soldier's Life

-Order and Discipline

-Motivation and Morale

-Conclusions

14. Conclusions

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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