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  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas; UNKNOWN edition (30 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700619542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700619542
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"After providing us with the magisterial "When Titans Clashed," Glantz and House have now supplemented this account with a masterful documentation of Stalingrad."--"The Russian Review"

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David M. Glantz and Jonathan M. House have collaborated on all three volumes of the Stalingrad Trilogy, as well as on the books When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler and The Battle of Kursk. A retired U. S. Army colonel fluent in Russian, Glantz is the author of numerous books, including The Battle for Leningrad, 19411944; Colossus Reborn: The Red Army at War, and Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania. House is the author of Combined Arms Warfare in the Twentieth Century.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susman VINE VOICE on 1 Aug. 2014
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There are some very good and exhaustive reviews for this book and I hope my offering will be at least acceptable. I found that this book was almost forensic in its scope and method. There is good attention to detail as well as comprehensive to me look at events. Glantz's style, trusts heavily on first-hand accounts, in terms of the de-brief process, orders, signal traffic as well as soldiers diaries. The attention given to local commanders on both sides of the conflict were brought into profile and the way in which their abilities, style and leadership were brought to fore. You see how the Stavka (Soviet high command) followed a steep and bloody learning curve of failure to finally achieve an insight and rational in its planning. This is followed through by the build-up of forces and material. There is the subsequent decisive planning, which then lead to the offensive with its well-known results.

There is the application of the Soviet doctrine of "deep operations" (glubokaya operatsiya) and its use at Stalingrad. By the later part of 1942 the Red Army had recuperated sufficiently to put their concept into practice. So during(19 November 1942 - 31 December 1943), there was the Red Army strategic counteroffensive at Stalingrad, as a transitional period marked by alternating attempts by both sides to assured strategic gain. The Soviet theory of deep operations and of multiple operations might be conducted in parallel or consecutively, would induce a ruinous failure in the enemy's defensive arrangement. Each operation served to mislead the enemy attention and keep the defender from predicting where the main effort, and main purpose, lay. In doing so, it prohibited the enemy from dispatching potent mobile reserves to this area.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dave History Student on 17 April 2014
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This third volume is an ideal extension to the siege and the eventual relief of Stalingrad. Like their earlier volumes, this volume which is formatted in a similar manner is eminently and logically laid out as the battle history of the last half of November is described.

In the Preface it is emphasized the amount of research and attention to detail that went into this book, that a small team of experts assisted Glantz and House in making sure the information divulged was the latest available and accurate. Recently released Soviet archival material was used as well as newly discovered German war records. This aspect alone makes this single book important and adds to the overall value of this series. While spending a lot of time discussing the preparations and buildup of Soviet forces for Operation Uranus, the book also looks toward the Germans and discusses key topics like: could 6th Army actually escaped the Cauldron if it really tried, why was von Manstein's relief attempt so half hearted or was Hitler completely to blame for this disaster.

In the previous two volumes the Soviets while trying to stay on the offensive were always beaten back to the defensive while this book covers the Soviets as they regain the initiative with the successful running of Operation Uranus that saw the unbelievably quick encirclement of 6th Army. The book ends on November 30th as the encirclement is completed. The next book will describe the clearing of the huge pocket and I suppose von Manstein's attempt to reach Stalingrad. It will also discuss the fighting and the eventual retreat of Army Group A from the Caucasus as well as the early days of the push back of Army Group B and its surviving Allies toward the Donets River.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Riches on 11 Jan. 2015
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This is sadly David Glantz (or his editor) at the lower end of their usual spectrum. The work desperately needs editing down to a reasonable length, and taking out all the chaff. Mr Glantz loves to include copies of orders, instructions, message and other fluff which whilst occasionally illuminating is not very helpful to a flowing text. In this book it is page 180 before we get to the actual action - the preliminary pages taken up with repetitive accounts of the planning and re-planning, chronologies of the commanders, and excessive background.

When into the action itself, the maps are the usual hopeless standard copies of old documents - place names are unreadable and they are too high level for the actions being depicted. When combined with the extensive low-level detail in the narrative, it makes following the action difficult.

That said, clearly there is a mammoth amount of research having gone into the book. The Soviet break-in and encirclement was not the pushover that it is often believed to be, and reading about this was insightful. Just terribly tortuous and over-loaded with detail, and as said before, fairly meaningless without useful maps ("unit x fought unit y over location who-knows-where and had pushed them out by the end of the day, suffering 4 tanks losses").

It is worth persevering with, but take your time (and skip most of the first part). Those familiar with Mr Glantz's pervious works will know what I am referring to from a style perspective, and this one may be the one to skip.
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