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After Stalingrad: The Red Army's Winter Offensive 1942-1943 [Illustrated] [Paperback]

David M. Glantz
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19 Sep 2011
In the wake of the Red Army's signal victory at Stalingrad, which began when its surprise counteroffensive encircled German Sixth Army in Stalingrad region in mid-November 1942 and ended when its forces liquidated beleaguered Sixth Army in early February 1943, the Soviet High Command (Stavka) expanded its counteroffensive into a full-fledged winter offensive which nearly collapsed German defenses in southern Russia. History has recorded the many dramatic triumphs the Red Army achieved during the initial phases of this winter offensive, culminating with its rapid advance deep into the Donbas and Khar'kov regions in February 1943. It has also described the subsequent feats of German Field Marshall Erich von Manstein, who, tasked by his Führer, Adolph Hitler, to restore German fortunes in southern Russia, skillfully orchestrated a counterstroke of his own that indeed restored stability to Germany's defenses in the East and paved the way for the climactic battle of Kursk in July 1943. As is so often the case, however, history has misled its audience for several cogent reasons. On the one hand, the Soviet Union and its historians, anxious to conceal the ambitiousness of its offensive and, at the same time, preserve the reputations of the Red Army and its senior commanders, willfully avoided describing the offensive's true scope and the many failures and shortcomings the Red Army experienced during its conduct. On the other hand, German and other Western historians, frequently basing their accounts on inaccurate Soviet sources, focused only on the most dramatic aspects of the offensive, ignoring much of their adversary's actions and, not coincidentally, missing his intent. This volume, and the series that provides it context, restores the lost and concealed to the historical record. Exploiting newly-released Russian archival materials, it reveals the unbounded ambitions that shaped the Stavka's winter offensive and the full scope and scale of the Red Army's many offensive operations. For example, it reflects on recently-rediscovered Operation Mars, Marshal Zhukov's companion-piece to the more famous Operation Uranus at Stalingrad. It then reexamines the Red Army's dramatic offensive into the Donbas and Khar'kov region during February, clearly demonstrating that this offensive was indeed conducted by three rather than two Red Army fronts. Likewise, it describes how the Stavka expanded the scale of its offensive in mid-February 1943 by ordering major strategic efforts, hitherto ignored, by multiple Red Army fronts along the Western (Orel-Smolensk) axis and, in Zhukov's forgotten operation Polar Star, along the Northwestern (Demiansk-Leningrad) axis as well. Finally, by restoring the full scope of these failed or partially failed Red Army offensives to history, this volume also reassesses the impact of Manstein's dramatic counterstrokes in the Donbas and Khar'kov regions, concluding that their impact was equivalent to that of a full-fledged strategic counteroffensive. This new study includes over 100 operational maps to highlight key aspects of the offensives.

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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Helion & Company Ltd; Reprint edition (19 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907677054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907677052
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 14.5 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 731,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College, Defense Language Institute, Institute for Russian and Eastern European Studies, and US Army War College, before retiring from the U.S. Army in December 1993, Colonel David M. Glantz served for over 30 years in various field artillery, intelligence, teaching, and research assignments in Europe and Vietnam, taught at the United States Military Academy, the Combat Studies Institute, and Army War College, founded and directed the U.S. Army's Foreign (Soviet) Military Studies Office, and established and currently edits The Journal of Slavic Military Studies. A member of the Russian Federation's Academy of Natural Sciences, he has written or co-authored more than 60 books and self-published studies and atlases, as well as hundreds of articles on Soviet military strategy, intelligence, and deception and the history of the Red (Soviet) Army, Soviet (Russian) military history, and World War II. In recognition of his work, he has received numerous awards including the Society of Military History's prestigious Samuel Eliot Morrison Prize for his contributions to the study of military history.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed analysis of great historical value 5 Jun 2009
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This study endeavours - and succeeds - in presenting an overview and operational-level account of the wave of Soviet offensives launched through the winter of 1942/43. It contains close to 120 maps, and is extensively annotated and referenced. It is presented in a similar vein to many of the author's other Eastern Front studies, and as such, if you like those, you will also find much in this of great value.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Insomniacs Need Apply 3 Dec 2009
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It seems that Glantz's work recieves either praise or damnation, never anything in the middle.

In truth, I may be a little unfair in awarding this book only two stars - I'll readily admit I didn't read it all - I started, and within 20 pages my brain shut down. Then I skipped bits just to confirm that the whole book followed the format.

The text is immensely dry; something I cannot overstate. If you're used to the more descriptive anecdotal works of Keegan or Holmes (or Ambrose or indeed anyone else in the arena) then the chronological statement of facts will lose your interest pretty quickly.

The Maps are very poor quality reproduced in print - it's simply impossible to determine any information from most of them. Squinting at a poor quality sub-A5 map printed with heavy ink on rough paper with black on black on black and all the information as you'd find on an OS map is not what I'd expect for the money.

I don't doubt that this weighty tome will find a happy home for those who like their facts cold and hard, but in reality it's a textbook and not really an enlightening or entertaining work.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Re-release of old material 1 Jun 2009
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First of all, this is an excellent book charting otherwise unknown and unresearched aspects of the Russo-German War and it is chock full of maps and details of the operations following the battle of Stalingrad. It is an important study into a previously "hidden" history.

BUT this material has been released before as part of the eight volume "Forgotten Battle of the German-Soviet War" by David Glantz. Any serious historian of the Red Army will already have this excellent work and be wasting their money. The publishers claim that this is new material is wrong, the material has been available for at least three years.

So if you do not have the earlier work, buy it. If you really want to study the Great Patriotic War from the Soviet side, then track down the published 6 volumes of Forgotten Battles.
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