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Barbarossa: Hitler's Invasion of Russia, 1941 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A good narrative of Operation Barbarossa by the foremost expert on the Russian Front in World War II in English. Perhaps a bit too detailed in terms of names of units and commanders (as many characters as a Russian novel!) to make the narrative easy to follow. However, I appreciate his analysis of the perennial question "Could the Germans have captured Moscow in 1941 if they had gone straight for it?" Glantz opines that they probably could not have, pointing out that a major reason that the historical Operation Typhoon advanced so rapidly toward Moscow when it was first launched was that the Soviet Army had exhausted itself in that sector of the front by making two months' worth of continual attacks against the Germans (mandated by Stalin) that cost them huge casualties. According to Glantz, if the Germans had gone straight for Moscow, those Soviet forces would not have been exhausted from those incessant attacks and would have slowed the Germans down considerably. He also considers the question "If the Germans had captured Moscow, would the Soviets have stopped resisting the Germans?" He answers that by saying there is no evidence that the capture of Moscow would have caused Soviet resistance to collapse.