Barbarossa 1941: Reframing Hitler's Invasion of Stalin's Soviet Empire
Barbarossa 1941: Reframing Hitler's Invasion of Stalin's Soviet Empire

Barbarossa 1941: Reframing Hitler's Invasion of Stalin's Soviet Empire

by Frank Ellis


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ISBN-13: 9780700626649
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 03/15/2018
Pages: 600
Sales rank: 816,538
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Frank Ellis is the author of many books including The Damned and the Dead: The Eastern Front through the Eyes of Soviet and Russian Novelists and The Stalingrad Cauldron: Inside the Encirclement and Destruction of the 6th Army, which are also published by Kansas.

Table of Contents

1. Unternehmen Barbarossa: Conception, Planning, and Execution
Heinz Guderian and the Development of German Armored Warfare Doctrine
Soviet Military Thought, 1918-1941
Mikhail Frunze
Vladimir Triandafillov
Georgii Isserson
Weisung Nr. 21 and Planning for Barbarossa
Terrain and Weather in the Barbarossa Zone of Operations
Planning for Occupation, Control, Exploitation, and Extermination
Agricultural Exploitation
Security and Punitive Measures
2. The Commissar Order: Reflections on an Enduring Controversy
The German View of the Commissar Order
Statistical Assessment of the Number of Military Commissars Executed under the Commissar Order
The Commissar Order and the Katyn Memorandum
3. Dance of the Snakes: Soviet and German Diplomacy, August 1939–June 1941
The Non-Aggression Pact
The Secret Supplementary Protocol
The Friendship and Border Treaty
Soviet Moves against Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bessarabia, and Northern Bukovina
Ongoing German-Soviet Discord
The Endgame
4. The Soviet Intelligence Assessment of German Military Intentions, 1939–1941
June 1940
July 1949
August 1940
September 1940
October 1940
November 1940
December 1940
January 1941
February 1941
March 1941
April 1941
May 1941
June 1941
5. NKVD Operations during Barbarossa, 1941–1942
Internal Security
The Arrest, Interrogation, and Execution of General Dmitrii Pavlov
Partisans: The People's Avengers
Combating Enemy Parachutists
Railway Security
Deportation of National Minorities
6. 20th Panzer Division and the Diary of Gefreiter H. C. von Wiedebach-Nostitz
Introduction: 20th Panzer Division, October 1940–April 1942
Overview: The Diary of Gefreiter von Wiedebach-Nostitz
Von Wiedebach-Nostitz’s Diary Concerning the Campaign in Russia: Arnstadt, 17 June 1941, to Reinerz, 17 February 1942
7. TheGerman Invasion in Soviet-Russian War Literature
Vasilii Grossman, The People Are Immortal (1942)
Vasilii Grossman’s War Diaries (August 1941–Winter 1941–1942)
Alexander Bek, The Volokolamsk Highway (1943–1944)
Konstantin Simonov, The Living and the Dead (1959)
8. Viktor Suvorov, the Stalin Attack Thesis, and the Start of World War II
Military Indicators
Dismantling Fortifications
Suvorov’s Interpretation of Stalin’s 5 May 1941 Speech
The Published Version of Stalin’s Speech and the Stalin Attack Thesis
Dismantling of the Soviet Partisan Network
Warnings from Winston Churchill and Richard Sorge
The Soviet Defensive Plan
Soviet Airpower and Planning
Overall Assessment of Suvorov’s Thesis
9. The Legacy of Unternehmen Barbarossa
Barbarossa and Stalin
Reasons for the Failure of Barbarossa
Appendix A: Translation of Lavrentii Beria’s Memorandum to Stalin, 5 March 1940
Appendix B: Translation of Stalin’s Speech in the Kremlin to Graduates of the Academies of the RKKA, 5 May 1941
Appendix C: Translation of TASS Communiqué:, 13 June 1941
Appendix D: Translation of the Formal Interrogation Record of General Dmitrii Grigor’evich Pavlov, 7 July 1941
Appendix E: Translation of Polozhenie o voennykh komissarakh Raboche-Krest’ianskoi Krasnoi Armii (Statute Concerning Military Commissars of the Worker-Peasant Red Army), 16 July 1941
Appendix F; Translation of Erlass uber die Ausubung der Kriegsgerichtsbarkeit im Gebeit "Barbarossa" und uber besondere Massnahmen der Truppe (Decree Concerning the Implementation of Military Jurisdiction in the Barbarossa Zone and Concerning Special Measures for the Troops), 13 May 1941
Appendix G: Translation of Richtlinien fur die Behandlung politischer Kommissare (Guidelines for the Treatment of Political Commissars), 6 June 1941
Selected Bibliography
A photo section appears following pages 232

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