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Operation Barbarossa - The German Invasion of Soviet Russia (General Military) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Kirchubel
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When Hitler ordered the start of Operation Barbarossa, millions of German soldiers flooded into Russia, believing that their rapid blitzkrieg tactics would result in the an easy victory similar to the ones enjoyed by the Wehrmacht over Poland and France. But the huge human resources at the disposal of the Soviet Union, and the significant distances and overstretched supply lines that the Germans had to overcome, saw the seemingly invincible armored spearheads start to slow. Finally, in sight of Moscow, the German invasion ground to a halt. Hitler's dreams of a quick victory were shattered and the ensuing war of attrition was to bleed Germany white, robbing her of manpower and equipment in one of the bloodiest episodes in human history.

Fully illustrated with unique Osprey artwork, new maps, and contemporary photographs, Operation Barbarossa tells the story of one of the definitive campaigns of World War II and examines how the failure of the invasion contributed to the final defeat of Nazi Germany.

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Kirchubel has done an excellent job of merging his previous three books to produce a detailed but readable account of Operation Barbarossa. The overall shape of the campaign remains clear, but the uneven progress of the German armies on the ground and the repeated Soviet counterattacks are not neglected, so the true complexity of this massive campaign is also very apparent.

If you are going to study Barbarossa or the overall history of the Eastern Front then this book is ideal for your needs. The author has produced an exceptional book and he deserves recognition for his efforts. This is the book to have on Barbarossa and it will become a standard reference text in the future. --Dr Stuart C Blank

About the Author

Robert Kirchubel has had a keen interest in the Eastern Front campaigns of World War II, and Operation Barbarossa in particular, all his adult life. He has already contributed work to World War Two in Europe and World War Two in the Pacific, and The International Military Encyclopedia. His three-volume study of the Barbarossa campaign is the product of several years' work and research.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 85743 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Kirchubel expands his original summary 25 Aug. 2013
While the author enjoyed writing the Osprey Campaign trilogy some years ago, he always felt stymied by the page limitation and felt a better job could have been done without the restraints. This book is his vision of Barbarossa without the restraints.
In the Preface, Mr Kirchubel freely admits that 90% of the new book consists of the old trilogy and the new 10% consists of material involving political and ideological considerations as well as the latest in military information. The overall time horizon is the same, from June to December; coverage is from the initial invasion to the approaches of Leningrad, Moscow and Rostov by the respective Army Group. You also will have coverage of the fighting in Finland, the Arctic and the Crimea.

While much of the material in this book is "old", it is clear the author invested a lot of time on it for he gutted the old format and within limits started anew to reflect the inclusion of the three Army Groups in one volume and to avoid any weaknesses of the past. The introductions into each section are expanded and improved and the coverage is more thematic in nature than strictly chronological. You still have familiar chapter titles like Opposing Plans, Armies and Commanders providing the necessary background knowledge for when the campaign begins. The Campaign is sub-divided into five acts and consumes about 220 pages. Frontier battles and the fighting at Minsk, Smolensk, Kiev, Uman, Vyazma, Bryansk, the approach to Moscow are some of the highlighted areas. However, I still feel the late October, November timeframe is still light; the coverage of the fighting in the Kalinin sector and along the Mozhaisk Line could have been more fully developed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Handsome Book. 14 Nov. 2013
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In my opinion the first reviewer is very fair. I do have the three softcover editions but somehow get the impression that this is not a 'potboiler' - I feel that author has been given an opportunity to revisit his work and has made a genuine improvement.As mentioned before, the newly-expanded bibliography is particularly useful.
The book is very nicely produced with excellent photographs, and gives a good, easy to understand account of this enormous Operation.
All in all - a very nice addition to any Eastern Front bookshelf.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition 26 Dec. 2013
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Until publishers understand that they need to convert maps so they can be viewed at a high enough resolution to follow the action on a kindle , there is no point in providing eBook versions of their books. Campaign histories depend on the reader being able to follow the action on the maps and "3D" battle representations. The author describes the campaign in a lucid manner but he is let down by the maps. I was going to give 1 star but the price is good. Come on Osprey fix the kindle maps and I would purchase more of their products
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5.0 out of 5 stars death by a thousand cuts 4 April 2015
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Kirchubel provides a very detailed account of Barbarossa - the Nazi invasion of Russia. There are excellent maps in colour, and many revealing photographs. The level of detail is aimed at the military enthusiast rather than the general reader. However the language is clear and very readable.

Kirchubel explains: in the immediate post-war period it was mainly the Germans and Soviets wrote about the Eastern European theatre which received very little coverage in western literature. Books at the time usually portrayed the Red Army as an unskilled mass which managed to win only by its size, and the amateurish interference of Hitler. Later histories written after the Cold War had new access to former Soviet documents and began to correct the skewed impressions of the Nazi-Soviet War. Kirchubel warns that some histories of this period need to be viewed critically

Kirchubel covers many issues, and I give a just few examples:

The lack of a German High Command strategy. After the first month, surprisingly, it became a matter of what do we do next? Also, their previous blitzkrieg successes in France may have given OKH and OKW an over-optimistic view of what could be expected. They envisaged a series of short tactical battles - to destroy the Red Army - lasting perhaps 10 weeks, not a war of attrition which they could never win. When the Nazi-Soviet War transitioned from one of manoeuvre to one of attrition, victory moved decisively beyond Hitler's grasp.

There were unresolved conflicts in the German High Command. For example, for Hitler, taking Moscow was never a priority: for Hitler the destruction of the Red Army was the priority. However, generals Guderien and Halder had other priorities, Moscow amongst them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 15 May 2014
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If you have not bought Osprey's campaign books on Barbarossa I would advice you hold off and buy this book all in one volume with a little bit more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Kindle bargain 16 Oct. 2014
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This was a splendid bargain as a Kindle book. Only £1 for what is essentially 3 osprey books in one. The downside is, of course, that the Kindle is a poor device for viewing the maps and colour illustrations of an Osprey book. This doesn't quite spoil things but drops it to four stars.

Still, an excellent read and a good overview of Barbarossa, showing the how the strategic vacuum at the heart of the Wehrmacht and the egotism of individuals put the final nails in the coffin of a poorly planned and logistically doomed invasion.
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