To the Gates of Stalingrad: Soviet-German Combat Operations, April-August 1942

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The confrontation between German and Soviet forces at Stalingrad was a titanic clash of armies on an unprecedented scale—a campaign that was both a turning point in World War II and a lasting symbol of that war's power and devastation. Yet despite the attention lavished on this epic battle by historians, much about it has been greatly misunderstood or hidden from view—as David Glantz, the world's foremost authority on the Red Army in World War II, now shows.

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Overview

The confrontation between German and Soviet forces at Stalingrad was a titanic clash of armies on an unprecedented scale—a campaign that was both a turning point in World War II and a lasting symbol of that war's power and devastation. Yet despite the attention lavished on this epic battle by historians, much about it has been greatly misunderstood or hidden from view—as David Glantz, the world's foremost authority on the Red Army in World War II, now shows.

This first volume in Glantz's masterly trilogy draws on previously unseen or neglected sources to provide the definitive account of the opening phase of this iconic Eastern Front campaign. Glantz has combed daily official records from both sides—including the Red Army General Staff, the People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs, the German Sixth Army, and the Soviet 62nd Army—to produce a work of unparalleled detail and fresh interpretations. Jonathan House, an authority on twentieth-century warfare, adds further insight and context.

Hitler's original objective was not Stalingrad but the Caucasus oilfields to the south of the city. So he divided his Army Group South into two parts—one to secure the city on his flank, one to capture the oilfields. Glantz reveals for the first time how Stalin, in response, demanded that the Red Army stand and fight rather than withdraw, leading to the numerous little-known combat engagements that seriously eroded the Wehrmacht's strength before it even reached Stalingrad. He shows that, although advancing German forces essentially destroyed the armies of the Soviet Southwestern and Southern Fronts, the Soviets resisted the German advance much more vigorously than hasbeen thought through constant counterattacks, ultimately halting the German offensive at the gates of Stalingrad.

This fresh, eye-opening account and the subsequent companion volumes—on the actual battle for the city itself and the successful Soviet counteroffensive that followed—will dramatically revise and expand our understanding of what remains a military campaign for the ages.

This book is part of the Modern War Studies series.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In this first volume of a trilogy that will surely become the standard work on the Stalingrad siege and the World War II campaign in the Caucasus, Glantz (The Siege of Leningrad) and House (coauthors, When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler) cover the opening phase of the campaign, using daily reports from both sides, including previously inaccessible Red Army records, to provide a fresh interpretation of the campaign, from its objectives to its outcome. This is not an easy read, but it's essential for all World War II specialists and for all interested in the subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700616305
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 3/24/2009
  • Series: Modern War Studies
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 309,500
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David M. Glantz is the author of numerous books, including The Battle for Leningrad, 1941-1944; Colossus Reborn: The Red Army at War; and Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania. Jonathan M. House is the author of Combined Arms Warfare in the Twentieth Century. Glantz and House are also coauthors of When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler and The Battle of Kursk.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps, Tables, and Illustrations

Prologue: Along the Sukhaia Vereika River, 23 July 1942 1

1 The Wehrmacht 3

2 The Red Army 33

3 Preliminaries, April-June 1942 72

4 Punch and Counterpunch, Blau I, 28 June-12 July 1942 122

5 Blau II, 9-24 July 1942 167

6 The German Advance into the Great Bend of the Don, 23-31 July 1942 217

7 Endgame in the Great Bend of the Don, 1-19 August 1942 270

8 The German Advance to the Volga River, 20 August-2 September 1942 321

9 The Struggle on the Flanks, 25 July-11 September 1942 396

10 Conclusions: German Strategic Misconceptions 473

Appendix The Experiences of the Commanders of Tank Armies and Tank Corps assigned to Briansk, Southwestern, Southern, and Crimean Fronts and the Stavka Reserve from 1 May to 1 July 1942 and Stalingrad Front on 1 August 1942 487

Notes 505

Selected Bibliography 595

Index 609

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    A great read for serious military historians

    This book is a serious and detailed account of one of the major turning points in WWII. This book is part one of the Stalingard trilogy. It sheds light on the both the Russian and Germany plan of battle. This book is not a quick read but well worth the time invested

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