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

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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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Drawing on evidence not yet seen in the West, including combat records of early engagements and formerly classified Soviet archival material, Glantz, founder and former director of the US Army's Foreign Military Studies Office, proves that in 1941 the Red Army was poorly trained, inadequately equipped, disorganized, and incapable of engaging in large-scale military campaigns. He dispels many of the myths about the Red Army that have persisted since the war, and refutes Viktor Suvorov's controversial thesis that Stalin was planning a preemptive strike against Germany. Includes b&w photos and illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Journal of Military History
David Glantz is the world's top scholar of the Soviet-German War.
The Atlantic
David Glantz is indisputably the West's foremost expert on the subject.
H-Net Reviews
An important addition to the author's other works on the Eastern Front in the Second World War.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700608799
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Series: Modern War Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David M. Glantz is the author or coauthor of numerous books including To the Gates of Stalingrad: Soviet-German Combat Operations, April-August, 1942; Armageddon in Stalingrad: September-November 1942; When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler; The Battle of Kursk; The Battle for Leningrad, 1941-1944; Zhukov's Greatest Defeat: The Red Army's Epic Disaster in Operation Mars, 1942; and Colossus Reborn: The Red Army at War.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Red Army Forces 9
2 Command and Control and Command Personnel 25
3 The Soviet Soldier 56
4 Strategic Deployment Planning and Mobilization 82
5 Combat Readiness: Ground Combat Forces 109
6 Combat Readiness: Combat Support and Rear Service Forces 160
7 Air Forces 184
8 Stavka and Strategic Reserves 205
9 Red Army Intelligence on the Eve of War 233
Conclusions 258
App. A Red Army Order of Battle, 22 June to 1 August 1941 261
App. B Red Army 1941 Defense Plans 270
App. C An Opponent's View: German Intelligence Assessments 289
App. D Correlation of Forces on the German-Soviet Front 292
Notes 297
Bibliographical Essay and Selective Bibliography 331
Index 355
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