Thunder in the East: The Nazi-Soviet War, 1941-1945

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The battles in Russia played the decisive part in Hitler's defeat. Gigantic, prolonged, and extremely bloody, the Russian front contrasted with the general nature of fighting on other fronts. The Russians fought alone in their theater of war and, since Stalinist Russia was radically differently different from its liberal democratic allies, they fought with an independent strategy while Hitler and the German high command conceived and carried out the Russian campaign as a ...

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Overview

The battles in Russia played the decisive part in Hitler's defeat. Gigantic, prolonged, and extremely bloody, the Russian front contrasted with the general nature of fighting on other fronts. The Russians fought alone in their theater of war and, since Stalinist Russia was radically differently different from its liberal democratic allies, they fought with an independent strategy while Hitler and the German high command conceived and carried out the Russian campaign as a singular "war of annihilation."

This penetrating, broad-ranging report of this vast conflict investigates the Wehrmacht and the Red Army and the command and production systems that organized and sustained them.

It includes a range of themes and political aspects and includes a wealth of new studies and source materials which have become available in the post-Cold War, post-Communist world.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Thunder in the East is now the state-of-the art general history of the Eastern front."—James V. Koch, Old Dominion University

"Mawdsley is a Russian specialist, and much of his research is based on thousands of documents from the Soviet military archives published in the 1990s. These enable him, first, to avoid ovverreliance on self-serving Soviet military memoirs; second to provide an in-depth analysis of the Red Army's development into a highly effective military machine; and, third, to illuminate many neglected phases and episodes of the military campaign."—Geoffrey Roberts, The Times Higher Education Supplement

"Here at last is a concise and clearly written account of what happened on both sides of the hill that provides excellent comparisons of equipment, leadership, doctrine, organization, and personnel."—The International History Review

"This is a substantial contribution to the literature on the Soviet-German war....Mawdsley knows the material intimately. This is a high-class offering."—Robert Service, Historian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340613924
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Modern Wars Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 382,039
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Evan Mawdsley is Professor of International History at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vii
List of Maps     viii
List of Tables     ix
List of Abbreviations     x
List of Code Names     xii
General Editor's Preface     xvi
Preface     xxi
The Nazi Onslaught, 1941-42     1
Hitler's War     3
Preparations and Perceptions     18
Operation Barbarossa, June to September 1941     55
Moscow and the End of Barbarossa, October to December 1941     88
The First Soviet Offensive, December 1941 to May 1942     118
Moscow, Stalingrad, Leningrad, June 1942 to January 1943     149
The Soviet Victory, 1943-45     183
Total War I: Wartime Arms and Armies     185
Total War II: Occupation and Diplomacy     224
The Turning Tide, January to September 1943     249
The Ukraine and Leningrad, August 1943 to April 1944     273
To the Soviet Frontiers, June to October 1944     291
The March into Eastern Europe, July 1944 to May 1945     315
The Destruction of Nazi Germany, October 1944 to May 1945     361
Conclusion     397
Chronology of Events, 1939-45     407
Glossary     425
Notes     431
Select Bibliography     484
Index     491
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