Stumbling Colossus: The Red Army on the Eve of World War

Stumbling Colossus: The Red Army on the Eve of World War

by David M. Glantz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0700608796

ISBN-13: 9780700608799

Pub. Date: 05/28/1998

Publisher: University Press of Kansas

"The most thorough and intensive examination of the state of the Red Army in 1941 yet to appear. Glantz's evidence is unchallengeable, his sources unimpeachable, his conclusion incontestable: the Red Army's unpreparedness for war in 1941 was truly appalling."—John Erickson, author of The Road to Stalingrad

"Effectively refutes the

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"The most thorough and intensive examination of the state of the Red Army in 1941 yet to appear. Glantz's evidence is unchallengeable, his sources unimpeachable, his conclusion incontestable: the Red Army's unpreparedness for war in 1941 was truly appalling."—John Erickson, author of The Road to Stalingrad

"Effectively refutes the charge—recently rehabilitated by Viktor Suvorov in Icebreaker—that Stalin was secretly planning an offensive war against Hitler during 1941.With his previous book When Titans Clashed and this latest contribution, David Glantz has established firmly his reputation as the preeminent historian of the Soviet Army."—Mark von Hagen, author of Soldiers in the Proletarian Dictatorship

"An outstanding contribution and a must for any student of the history of the Red Army and the Soviet Union's role in the Second World War."—Malcolm Mackintosh, author of Juggernaut: A History of Soviet Armed Forces

Author Biography: David M. Glantz is founder and former director of the U.S. Army's Foreign Military Studies Office. Among his many books are The Battle of Kursk and When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler (both with Jonathan M. House) and Zhukov's Greatest Defeat: The Red Army's Epic Disaster in Operation Mars, 1942.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700608799
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Series:
Modern War Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
374
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations

Preface

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

One. Red Army Forces

-Size and Configuration

-Actual Force Generation and Mobilization

-Statistical Data

Two. Command and Control and Command Personnel

-The Continuing Purges

-Command Cadre and Training

-Key Command and Staff Personnel

-Statistical Data

Three. The Soviet Soldier

-Stereotypes

-Sources

-The Evolving Official Image

-The Emerging Human Dimension

Four. Strategic Deployment Planning and Mobilization

-War and Strategic Deployment Planning on the Eve of War

-Mobilization Planning

-Mobilization and Strategic Deployment Prior to 22 June 1941

-Statistical Data

Five. Combat Readiness: Ground Combat Forces

-Ground Forces

-Rifle Forces

-Mechanized Forces

-Cavalry

-Airborne Forces (Air Assault)

-Fortified Regions

-Statistical Data

Six. Combat Readiness: Combat Support and Rear Service Forces

-Artillery

-Engineers

-Signal Forces

-Air Defense

-Border Guards and NKVD Forces

-Rear Services

-Statistical Data

Seven. Air Forces

-Structure, Equipment, and Command and Control

-Personnel and Unit Training and Tactics

-Readiness for War

-Readiness in Practice

-Statistical Data

Eight. Stavka and Strategic Reserves

-Initial Reserves (June to 15 July 1941)

-Subsequent Reserves (15 July to August 1941)

-Mechanized Reserves

-Support Forces

-Statistical Data

Nine. Red Army Intelligence on the Eve of War

-Warning of War

-On the Eve of Barbarossa

-Judgments on Soviet Intelligence in June 1941

Conclusions

Appendix A. Red Army Order of Battle, 22 June to 1 August 1941

Appendix B. Red Army 1941 Defense Plans

Appendix C. An Opponent's View: German Intelligence Assessments

Appendix D. Correlation of Forces on the German-Soviet Front

Notes

Bibliographical Essay and Selective Bibliography

Index

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