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Hitler's Greatest Defeat: The Collapse of Army Group Centre, June 1944 Hardcover – 1 Jan 2000


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Caxton Editions; New edition edition (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860198414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860198410
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hitler's Greatest Defeat is an amazing in-depth study into one of Hitler's greatest mistakes. With the world following the progress of the Normandy landings, the dramatic happenings on the distant Russian front were for many years destined to be ignored. Now 50 years later, a full length study of the defeat of Army Group Centre shows that a disaster greater even than the Allied invasion in France was inflicted upon the Germans many miles to the east. In this fine example of succinct analysis and accurate description, Paul Adair leads the reader through the build up to the campaign with studies of the German Army and its command structure and of the Soviet forces under Stalin.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C Castleton on 21 Mar. 2013
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I shall have to read this again for a more considered review. Not quite as strategic and coherent as I might have liked as a treatment but considering that this is the fourth most critical battle in the Russian campaign after Moscow, Stalingrad and Kursk it is good to have at least one detailed treatment of it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By philip on 11 Feb. 2014
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Excellent account but maps showing the scale would have improved one's grasp of events. Photos were superb. I can recommend it
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2004
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This is one of those books that has you hooked from start to finish. Not since "The forgotten soldier" has a book about the German army been so easily readable. The combination of build up, strategic thought, operational planning, logistics and the shear size of the operation make it a reading feast for the military minded. The photo's of those involved brings a human element to it which makes you feel part of it.
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Excellent treatment of this often overlooked campaign 17 Jun. 2007
By Anthony Bates - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It's not disputed that the Eastern Front was where WWII was lost for Germany. While the 2nd Front in Normandy was certainly the proverbial nail in the coffin, it was the destruction of Army Group Centre in 1944 that sealed the fate of the Wehrmacht and the Nazi state. Adair's book gives a generous treatment to this often overlooked campaign that had such a huge impact on the outcome of WWII.

Over 168 pages Adair charts the progress of the campaign, describing in detail the decision-making processes of both Stalin and Hitler and their respective high commands, the build-up for the campaign and then in excellent detail the actual day-by-day fighting that decided the campaign. Adair's narrative draws from a small but comprehensive bibliography which can certainly serve as a launch pad for deeper research into the campaign.
Good book 1 May 2014
By Dawg - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book - worth reading. Informative and interesting. Gives backing to Churchill's statement "Why should we assassinate Hitler? He's our BEST GENERAL!)
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