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Posted April 12, 2008
Walter Dunn's offering is obviously two things: a labor of love, and a solid contribution toward our fuller understanding of the Russian Army's conduct of the Great Patriotic War. Owners of the book will greatly appreciate his many tables showing monthly mobilizations of rifle divisions, rifle brigades and tank brigades and their eventual assignments to the front. How might this fit onto your bookshelf? I'd say it logically belongs in the vicinity of Glantz's 'COLOSSUS' set - of which we have two of three volumes already - and Steve Zagola & Leland Ness' RED ARMY HANDBOOK, yet right alongside W. Victor Madej's RED ARMY ORDER OF BATTLE, 1941-1943, and Robert Poirier & Albert Conner's RED ARMY ORDER OF BATTLE IN THE GREAT PATRIOT WAR. Dunn owe's much to these workers of the vineyard, only his presentation is unique in that it appears, as noted above, in tabulature. The bibliography here is more meager than this reviewer expected. Important works, like Charlie Sharp's monumental SOVIET ORDER OF BATTLE, WORLD WAR TWO (ten volumes), are missing without explanation. Dunn demonstrates more than a passing familiarity with BOEVOY SOSTAV SOVETSKOY ARMII as well as selected captured German military records in the National Archives (microfilm) yet holds these close to vest for some reason. Walter's writing style contributes to some tough going at places. Elsewhere, small arms descriptions are shaky or just plain wacky. Several thematic points are repeated over and over and perhaps not for emphasis a stronger editor's hand would have helped. One is left with an impression Dunn would have done better offering a monograph rather than book. Buy this work as a companion piece. Use it as a reference work, by all means. I like this true original and will turn to it again and again. Purchase your copy from Barnes & Noble! I did mine and am glad I did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.