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Hitler's Nemesis: Red Army, 1930-45 Hardcover – 30 Sep 1994


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"The paucity of serious scholarship in this area has ensured that this titanic conflict has been understood almost completely as a war of German quality versus Soviet quantity. Dunn's book is an important corrective to this persistent interpretation. Dunn provides an organizational history of the Red Army during its great patriotic war. Important for specialists and graduate students." - Choice "This book is an outstanding basic reference on the formation, organization, structure, and equipment of the Red Army before and during the Second World War. It is clearly and smoothly written, well-organized, and a pleasure to read. A must-read, and should be standard reference work for anyone interested in the history of the Soviet military." - The Military & Naval History Forum "Hitler's Nemesis is a book that military historians of this titanic struggle will want to read and own. Walter S. Dunn has provided Soviet and German military historians with a well written and well-researched book that will serve as a main reference source on the Red Army of World War II for quite some time to come." - The Journal of Slavic Military Studies

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A classic 4 Mar. 1999
By Tom Munro - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an important piece of scholarship which is based on Russian and German primary sources. It seeks to look at the Red Army and why it was able to defeat the Germans. Conventional histories have relied on the myth that Germany, a smaller country than the Soviet Union was in the end overwhelmed by hoards of poorly armed Soviet troops dying as they attacked the superbly trained but numerically weaker German Army.
Dunn shows that the victory of the forces of the Soviet Union was something that was unexpected. In 1942 Germany not only controlled all of Europe but also 60 million Soviet citizens. The Germans had a far greater pool of labor and industry to draw on. Rather than the Soviets having vast reserves of manpower by 1943 they had to reduce the size of infantry regiments as they ran out of troops. They key to Soviet success was not the numbers of men but the increase in the number of tanks and other equipment in Soviet formations which were used as a substitute for men. This was made possible by the Soviet command economy that was able to divert almost all production to the war effort. This contrasted to Germany and its allies who squandered its resources up till 1944 by which time it was to late.
Dunn's work like his well researched "Kursk Hitlers Gamble" is a vital book for anyone wanting to understand the true nature of the second world war and why Germany lost. A must read.
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A classic indeed 1 Jun. 2000
By Otavio Maia Chelotti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book, despite its repetitive style, is simply the best in-depth analysis of the evolution of the Soviet Army in WWII, at least in English. It is therefore, despite its rather high price, essential reading for anyone interested in the Eastern Front. It is also complemented by Steve Zaloga's "Red Army Handbook", with its invaluable TO&Es which document graphically the evolution analysed in this book.
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The best single source on the Red Army 13 April 2005
By Dimitrios - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Many books have been written on the Red Army and its performance during the Great Patriotic War but none has the depth of scholarship and the wealth of data that Dunn's work contains. The book is divided in chapters about the armored forces, the artillery, the infantry, the industrial production etc. and the reader will be captivated by the statistics which reveal the colossal scale of the Red Army's "come back" after the initial disastrous defeats it suffered in 1941-42. The essence of the book is to prove that the final victory of the Soviets over Nazi Germany was not only the product of fine operational art and courage by the common soldier, but also of a unique and massive industrial effort which outproduced the Third Reich in all kinds of armaments.
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