Anthony Tucker-Jones, in this volume in the Images of War series, offers a visual record of the dramatic and bloody conflict that took place there, showing every grim aspect of the fighting. Kharkov became one of the most bitterly contested cities during the war on the Eastern Front, and this book presents a graphic overview of the atrocious conditions the soldiers on both sides had to endure.
In 1941 Kharkov fell to Hitler’s Army Group South. In 1942 the Soviets tried and failed to retake it, losing 240,000 men in the Barvenkovo Bulge. Then, in 1943, the control of the battered city changed hands twice before the Soviets liberated it for good. The fate of Kharkov during the war reflects the history of the wider struggle between Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union.
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Table of Contents
Photograph Sources 8
Chapter 1 Kharkov: City of the Tractor 9
Chapter 2 Stalin's Soviet 38th Army 23
Chapter 3 Hitler's Army Group South 39
Chapter 4 First Battle for Kharkov - October 1941 57
Chapter 5 Second Battle for Kharkov - May 1942 77
Chapter 6 Third Battle for Kharkov - February 1943 96
Chapter 7 Final Battle for Kharkov - August 1943 115
Chapter 8 The Aftermath 132