Operation Barbarossa and Germany's Defeat in the East

Operation Barbarossa and Germany's Defeat in the East

by David Stahel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521768470

ISBN-13: 9780521768474

Pub. Date: 11/30/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The aim of this new series is to publish outstanding works of research on warfare throughout the ages and throughout the world. Books in the series will take a broad approach to military history, examining war in all its military, strategic, political and economic aspects. The series is intended to complements Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern

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The aim of this new series is to publish outstanding works of research on warfare throughout the ages and throughout the world. Books in the series will take a broad approach to military history, examining war in all its military, strategic, political and economic aspects. The series is intended to complements Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare by focusing on the 'hard' military history of armies, tactics, strategy and warfare. Books in the series will consist mainly of single-author works academically vigorous and groundbreaking-- which will be accessible to both academics and the interested general reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521768474
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Series:
Cambridge Military Histories Series
Pages:
500
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations vii

List of maps ix

Acknowledgements xi

Glossary of terms xiii

Tables of military ranks and army structures xv

Introduction 1

Part I Strategic plans and theoretical conceptions for war against the Soviet Union

1 Fighting the bear 33

The evolution of early strategic planning 33

Two ways to skin a bear - the Marcks and Lossberg plans 39

Crisis postponed - from war games to Directive No. 21 54

2 The gathering storm 70

The army deployment directive 70

The dysfunctional order - delusion as operative discourse 84

Barbarossa - the zenith of war 95

3 Barbarossa's sword - Hitler's armed forces in 1941 105

Carrying fear before them and expectation behind - Hitler's panzer arm 105

Standing before the precipice - the infantry and Luftwaffe on the eve of Barbarossa 117

The impossible equation - the logistics and supply of Barbarossa 127

4 The advent of war 139

Welcome to hell on earth' 139

Part II The military campaign and the July/August crisis of 1941

5 Awakening the bear 153

Indecisive border battles and the surfacing of strategic dissent 153

The Belostok-Minsk pocket - anatomy of a hollow victory 170

Straining the limits - Bock's race to the rivers 186

6 The perilous advance to the east 209

Forging across the Dvina and Dnepr - the threshold to demise 209

The Russian is a colossus and strong' (Adolf Hitler) 228

Caught in the hinterlands 245

7 The battle of Smolensk 260

The end of blitzkrieg 260

Crisis rising - the German command at war 273

'I am on the brink of despair' (Franz Halder) 290

8 The attrition of Army Group Centre 306

The killing fields at Yel'nya 306

Sealing the Smolensk pocket and Army GroupCentre's fate 324

Victory at Smolensk? The paradox of a battle 344

9 In search of resurgence 361

The arduous road to renewal 361

'Today is the beginning of positional warfare!' (Fedor von Bock) 380

Embracing world war and apocalypse - Hitler reaches resolution 400

10 Showdown 423

Hitler's triumph in defeat 423

Conclusion 439

Bibliography 452

Index 474

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