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Companion to Endgame at Stalingrad

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In Endgame at Stalingrad, the final volume of his acclaimed Stalingrad Trilogy, David Glantz completes his definitive account of one of World War II's most infamous confrontations, the campaign that marked Germany's failure on the Eastern Front and proved to be a turning point in the war. In documenting the last days of the Stalingrad campaign, in particular the Red Army's counteroffensive known at Operation Uranus, Glantz takes on a plethora of myths and controversial questions surrounding these events, in ...
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Overview


In Endgame at Stalingrad, the final volume of his acclaimed Stalingrad Trilogy, David Glantz completes his definitive account of one of World War II's most infamous confrontations, the campaign that marked Germany's failure on the Eastern Front and proved to be a turning point in the war. In documenting the last days of the Stalingrad campaign, in particular the Red Army's counteroffensive known at Operation Uranus, Glantz takes on a plethora of myths and controversial questions surrounding these events, in particular, questions about why Operation Uranus succeeded and the German relief attempts failed, whether the Sixth Army could have escaped encirclement or been rescued, and who, finally was most responsible for its ultimate defeat.

In addition to a wide variety of traditional sources, this volume makes use of two major categories of documentary materials hitherto unavailable to researchers. The first consists of extensive records from the combat journal of the German Sixth Army, which had been largely missing since the war's end and were only recently rediscovered and published. The second is a vast amount of newly released Soviet and Russian archival material including excerpts from the Red Army General Staff's daily operational summaries; a wide variety of Stavka (High Command), People's Commissariat of Defense (NKO), and Red Army General Staff orders and directives; and the daily records of the Soviet 62nd Army and its subordinate divisions and brigades for most of the time fighting was underway in Stalingrad proper.

Because of the persistent controversy and mythology characterizing this period, many of these documents are included verbatim in English translation in this companion volume, providing concrete evidence in support of the conclusions put forward in Volume Three. As such, the Companion contributes substantially to this final volume's unprecedented detail and fresh perspectives, interpretations, and evaluations of the later stages of the Stalingrad campaign.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700619566
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 4/30/2014
  • Series: Modern War Studies Series
  • Pages: 858
  • Sales rank: 169,514
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author


David M. Glantz and Jonathan M. House have collaborated on all three volumes of the Stalingrad Trilogy, as well as on the books When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler and The Battle of Kursk. A retired U. S. Army colonel fluent in Russian, Glantz is the author of numerous books, including The Battle for Leningrad, 19411944; Colossus Reborn: The Red Army at War, and Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania. House is the author of Combined Arms Warfare in the Twentieth Century.
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations

Preface

Selected Abbreviations

Appendix 1. Opposing Orders of Battle, 19 November 1942-1 February 1943

Appendix 2. Soviet Strategic Planning and the Genesis of Plan Uranus

Appendix 3. The Uranus Force and Plan

Appendix 4. The Balance of Opposing Forces

Appendix 5. The Penetration Battle and Encirclement, 19-23 November 1942

Appendix 6. Reducing the Stalingrad Pocket and Forming the Outer Encirclement Front, 24-27 November 1942

Appendix 7. Reducing the Stalingrad Pocket and the Outer Encirclement Front, 28-30 November

Appendix 8. Comparing German and Soviet Dilemmas

Appendix 9. the Southwestern Front's Battles along the Krivala and Chir Rivers, 1-15 December

Appendix 10. The Stalingrad Front's Defense against Operation Wintergewitter [Winter Tempest], 1-19 December

Appendix 11. The Don and Stalingrad Fronts' Battle for the Stalingrad Pocket, 1-15 December

Appendix 12. Operation Little Saturn and the Soviet Tormosin Offensive, 16-31 December

Appendix 13. The End of Wintergewitter and Donnerschlag [Thunder Clap] and the Stalingrad Front's Kotel'nikovo Offensive, 20–31 December

Appendix 14. The Stalingrad Pocket 16-31 December 1943

Appendix 15. Sixth Army's Situation, Preliminaries, and the Don Front's Plan, 1-9 January 1943

Appendix 16. Destruction: The First Stage, 10-17 January 1943

Appendix 17. Destruction: the Second Stage, 18-25 January 1943

Appendix 18. Destruction: The Finale, 26 January-2 February 1943

Appendix 19. 62nd Army's Struggle in Stalingrad City, 19 November 1942-2 February 1943

Appendix 20. Conclusions

Index of Documents and Tables

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