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When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler / Edition 1
     

When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler / Edition 1

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by David M. Glantz, Jonathan M. House
 

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ISBN-10: 0700608990

ISBN-13: 9780700608997

Pub. Date: 12/01/1995

Publisher: University Press of Kansas

By the time Pearl Harbor had ripped apart America's peacetime pretensions, the German blitzkrieg had already blasted the Red Army back to the gates of Moscow. Yet, less than four years later, the Soviet hammer-and-sickle flew above the ruins of Berlin, stark symbol of a miraculous comeback that destroyed the German army and shattered Hitler's imperial designs.

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By the time Pearl Harbor had ripped apart America's peacetime pretensions, the German blitzkrieg had already blasted the Red Army back to the gates of Moscow. Yet, less than four years later, the Soviet hammer-and-sickle flew above the ruins of Berlin, stark symbol of a miraculous comeback that destroyed the German army and shattered Hitler's imperial designs.

Told in swift stirring prose, When Titans Clashed provides the first full account of this epic struggle from the Soviet perspective. David Glantz, one of the world's foremost authorities on the Soviet military, and Jonathan House present a fundamentally new interpretation of what the Russians called the "Great Patriotic War." Based on unprecedented access to formerly classified Soviet sources, they counter the German perspective that has dominated previous accounts and radically revise our understanding of the Soviet experience during World War II.

Placing the war within its wider political, economic, and social contexts, the authors recount how the determined Soviets overcame their initial disasters to defeat the most powerful army ever assembled. As they vividly show, this truly was war waged on a titanic scale, sweeping across a half-million square miles from Moscow to Berlin, featuring monumental offensives and counteroffensives, and ultimately costing both sides combined a staggering forty million casualties.

Their work offers new revelations on Soviet strategy and tactics, Stalin's role as supreme commander of the Red Army, the emergence of innovative and courageous commanders in the crucible of combat, numerous previously concealed or neglected military operations, German miscalculations on the road to the Red capital, the effect of D-Day and the "second front" on the Soviet effort, and the war's devastating impact on the Soviet economy and civilian population.

An essential volume for anyone interested in World War II or Soviet history, When Titans Clashed will change forever how we look at one of the greatest military confrontations in world history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700608997
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
12/01/1995
Series:
Modern War Studies Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Prelude: 1918-1941
1. The Red Army, 1918-1939
2. Armed Truce, 1939-1941
3. Opposing Armies, 1941
First Period of War: June 1941-November 1942
4. German Onslaught
5. Soviet Response
6. To Moscow
7. Rasputitsa, Spring 1942
8. Operation Blau: The German Drive on Stalingrad
Second Period of War: November 1942-December 1943
9. Operation Uranus: The Destruction of the Sixth Armym
10. Rasputitsa and Operational Pause, Spring 1943
11. Kursk to the Dnepr
Third Period of War: January 1944-1945
12. Third Winter of War
13. Operation Bagration: The Death of Army Group Center
14. Clearing the Flanks
15. Battles in the Snow, Winter 1945
16. End Game
17. Conclusion
Appendixes: Statistical Tables
Archival Sources
Notes
About the authors
Index

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When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Panoply More than 1 year ago
Glante is the acknowledged master of the Eastern Front in WWII. If you are looking for a single volume history of that, you can do no better than this book.
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Azpooldude More than 1 year ago
When Titans clashed, How The Red Army Stopped Hitler, by David Glantz and co-author Jonathan House, is an informative look at the battles in the east from June 1939 until May 1945. Using classified archival studies documents there were kept hidden from the public until the end of the Cold War in the early 1990's, the reader is treated to a new and updated account of the war between Russia and Nazi Germany. This is quite refreshing, since old accounts of the war were mainly from the German perspective and did not give the whole story. With extensive research and the newly released studies, one learns first hand about the main fighting of the war. This is one of the best accounts of this period with complete order of battle information, maps and much more. Since the brunt of the war was fought in the east-something that is often given less importance to the victories of the American and British forces in the west-this is an important part of history, that is finally making it to the forefront. The book divides the war in the east to three different periods. The first, June 1944-November 1942, details the German Blitzkreig that almost decimated the Soviets Army in a very short span. Unprepared for the war and with Stalins earlier purges of many of his top officers, the soviet Army was in complete disarray. Old and obsolete order of battle doctrines were still in place and nobody dared to challenge it for fear of punishment. But as things got desperate, and as the Germans were closing in on Moscow and other key cities, Stalin knew that changes had to be made and be made quickly. With a huge army that was loosing millions of men in the course of a couple of months, doctrines were changed along with fighting strategies and Stalin began to listen to his generals. The Germans still were gaining territory, but their well oiled machine was slowing down and took its first big defeat at Stalingrad. The second period, November 1942-December 1943, picks up where the Soviets start to regain some of its losses with decisive victories in Kursk and the retaking of areas to the west. Here, neither side had a overwhelming strategic advantage in numbers, but the Soviets had slowly developed the maneuver and deception necessary to improve their forces at a critical time. Also, the Wehrmacht was clearly in decline in late 1943. Finally, in the final third period, January 1944 to the end of the war in May 1945, the Soviets regained lost areas of Russia, moved into Poland and the Balkans, with the final drive to Berlin. At this point the Soviet fighting machine was unstoppable but it needed to place emphasis on sophisticated maneuver attacks due to a manpower crisis and last ditch fierce German resistance at the end of the war. This well documented book is a fast read, and is recommended for the World War Two history buff as well as for the casual reader. The Later will enjoy this book because it does not encompass itself with too much technical jargon (although there are extensive statistical charts in the appendix of the book), and gives a full account of this critical time in world history. The largest and deadliest battles ever were fought on the Eastern Front, with the Battle of Kursk for example in July 1943, being the largest tank battle ever fought with over two million men. When Titans Clashed, is one of many historical works by David Glantz, and is a book that should be read by all. Check it out. Robert Glasker
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Great Book in illustrating all the reasons the Russians were able to defeat Hitler. Tells about the stupidity of Hitler, the intelligence of Stalin (let his generals run the war), and how the almost unlimited resources of the Russians had to be conserved for victory by changing their tactics. Easy to read and understand, stimulates thinking about what, if anything, the Germans could have done to win.