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War Without Garlands: Operation Barbarossa 1941-1942

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A major component of the tactical air power that gave such magnificent air cover to Allied troops as they battled their way from Normandy to the Rhine and beyond was the medium bomber force of the 9th Air Force. The build-up of the various squadrons, their deployment and operations are detailed here. Appendices record code letters and bases for each squadron. 148 black/white photos. 156 pages. Hardback
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Overview


A major component of the tactical air power that gave such magnificent air cover to Allied troops as they battled their way from Normandy to the Rhine and beyond was the medium bomber force of the 9th Air Force. The build-up of the various squadrons, their deployment and operations are detailed here. Appendices record code letters and bases for each squadron. 148 black/white photos. 156 pages. Hardback
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780711033245
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/19/2008
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Glossary, Abbreviations and Rank Comparisons     vii
Introduction     xi
'The world will hold its breath'     1
Saturday, 21 June 1941     1
'Forget the concept of comradeship'     5
'The Fuhrer has got it all in hand'     11
Tomorrow 'we are to fight against World Bolshevism'     19
'Ordinary men'- the German soldier on the eve of 'Barbarossa'     28
'Endless pressure to participate'     28
'Order and Duty' and the Fuhrer     35
'Prepared... to face what is coming!' The German Army, June 1941     41
The Soviet frontier     48
'There was no information...'     48
'We've never had such a situation... Will there be any instructions?'     57
H-hour 03.15     66
The River Bug... Brest-Litovsk     66
Air strike... First light     73
The shortest night of the year... H-hour     83
Daybreak... Berlin     96
The longest day of the year     100
The first Soviet pocket is formed - Brest-Litovsk     100
'Only 1,000km as the crow flies to Moscow'     114
Where was the Red Air Force?     119
Dusk... 22 June 1941     128
Waiting for news     131
The home fronts... Victory will be ours! Germany     131
Victory will be ours! Russia     135
'Don't die without leaving a dead German behind you'... Brest-Litovsk     144
Across the Dvina... Army Group North     148
No news     158
Brest-Litovsk... 'I wonder how it is I am still alive!'     162
Blitzkrieg     172
The 'smooth' period... The Panzers     172
Frontier tank battles     179
Panzer vanguard     187
On to Smolensk     200
Finale: Brest-Litovsk     204
Smolensk     209
The infantry     209
The Smolensk pocket     224
'Do not cry'... Soviet defeat in the West     241
Refocusing victory conditions     252
The longest campaign     252
Conditions for victory     258
A city 'pulsing with life'... Leningrad     269
A war without garlands     282
'Better three French campaigns than one Russian'     282
The pressures on the German soldier     289
'Kein Kindergarten Krieg'. Prisoners and partisans     303
'Kesselschlacht' - victory without results     321
Cannae at Kiev      321
The reduction of the Kiev pocket     339
'Victored' to death     359
Objective Moscow     359
A logistic 'trip-wire'     362
'Totsiegen'... victored to death     377
A dying army     399
The last victory     402
Double encirclement... Vyazma and Bryansk     402
The great illusion     423
'The eleventh hour'     442
Moscow... A defence crust forms     442
Dilemma at Orscha     456
'The eleventh hour'     464
The spires of Moscow     485
'Flucht nach Vorn'     485
The frozen offensive     495
'The spires of the city'... Moscow     505
The devil loose before Moscow     524
The Soviet counter-offensive     524
The German soldier does not go 'Kaputt!'...
The crisis of confidence     534
The German Army in retreat     538
The order of the frozen flesh     555
'Not one single step back' - the Hold Order     555
Frozen flesh     563
Postscript - 'Barbarossa'     572
Notes to the text     583
Appendices     613
German casualties Operation 'Barbarossa' 1941-42     613
German casualties reflected in division manning equivalents     613
The fighting elements within a German division     614
A snapshot of Soviet battle casualties     616
Sources     617
Index     623
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  • Anonymous

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    AWESOME WAR BOOK

    Ive read many war books on world war 2 since i was a kid and ive read many book mainly on the russia war with germany in world war 2. This is an awesome book. Very good detailed maps on the barbarossa campaign through russia. explains in detail of the germany advance through russia and uses alot of sources down to low level soldier or low ranking officers perspective. a book ive bought and can read again and again with much enthusiam. well worth buying. if your a war history lover. especially of the german/russian war campaign

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