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Before Stalingrad: Hitler's Invasion of Russia 1941 (Battles & Campaigns) [Paperback]

David M. Glantz
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1 Nov 2003 Battles & Campaigns
Operation Barbarossa--as this campaign is famously called--was arguably the greatest land campaign mankind has ever fought. Hitler named his assault after the 12th-century Frederick I Barbarossa, an emperor of the First Reich. Although he succeeded in capturing almost 40 percent of European Russia, Hitler was defeated there. Exploiting newly available Soviet archives, David M. Glantz challenges the time-honored explanation that poor weather, bad terrain, and Hitler's faulty strategic judgement produced the German defeat. He reveals how and why the Red Army thwarted Hitler's seemingly inexorable progress.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press LTD (1 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752426923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752426921
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 12.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 807,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too dry for the general reader 4 Mar 2007
This is a very dry account of the first six months of Russia's war following the Nazi invasion of June 1941. The author, an academic historian with a military background, is very preoccupied with military nomenclature, i.e. recounting exactly which parts of the army were facing specific parts of the opposing army at a certain time. There is a role for this sort of historical analysis of course, perhaps as an aide memoire for a specialist in this area. But it does mean that the book is not really for the general reader interested in the Eastern Front and will probably disappoint those more used to the narrative drive of an Antony Beevor or Richard Overy. Each chapter has a summary at the end and the general reader could probably get a reasonable overall picture of the events by reading those, plus the Conclusions chapter. So overall a bit disappointing from my perspective.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars New Name - Same Book 13 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Glantz's Book "Before Stalingrad" (2003) has nothing whatever to do with Stalingrad. It is Glantz's 2001 book "Barbarossa - Hitler's Invasion of Russia 1941" republished word for word, two years later, under a new name. Both books are published by the same house, Tempus.

OK, Buyer Beware, but I will be wary before purchasing another book by this author or publisher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could the Germans have taken Moscow in 1941 3 Jun 2011
By Dave History Student TOP 1000 REVIEWER
There were two schools of thought in 1941 and those theories have persisted until today and probably will for a long time to come. The most popular theory, propagated by Guderian, Halder, Bock and other generals was that the German advance toward Moscow should have continued without delay once penetration of the Dvina-Dniepr defense zone was achieved and to allow Guderian to move directly toward Tula. Hitler saw a chance to destroy many armies near Kiev and sent Guderian's panzers south to support AGS in taking the important city and its surrounding area. To make matters worse Hitler sent other elements of AGC northward to help capture Leningrad leaving AGC little opportunity to advance. The proponents of this direct theory suggests the delay of Guderian in going to Kiev and the time required to reinforce AGC for the assault lost the battle for Moscow and the war. The other school believes, like Hitler, that the Germans had a better chance of taking Moscow by eliminating the armies protecting Kiev and eliminating the eventual flank attacks on Guderian's long axis of advance if those armies hadn't been destroyed. Mr Glantz doesn't believe Bock could have taken and kept Moscow during the winter months regardless of the battle plan but believes the Germans' best chance of victory was by sending Guderian to Kiev and eliminating a million men from Russian rosters.

The author presents a competent prewar situational report on the political and military envirnoment and the combat readiness of both sides before providing an operational summary of Operation Barbarossa, Operation Typhoon and the Russian Counter attack that started in early December.

Hitler over confident from past victories thought Russia would be another quick victim.
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