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The Road To Stalingrad: Stalin's War with Germany v. 1 [Paperback]

Prof John Erickson
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9 Mar 2000 Stalin's war with Germany
The first volume of John Erickson's study of Stalin's war with Germany. It aims to show the inept command structures of the Soviet Union and the humiliation as her armies fell back before the tide turned at Stalingrad.

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  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Reprint edition (9 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304353752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304353750
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,283,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Erickson was an Honorary Fellow in Defence Studies and Professor Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh. He was a leading authority on the Soviet-German War and lectured on Soviet-German affairs at the universities of Oxfod, St Andrews and Manchester as well as a number of American universities.

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This now has to be an essential read if you are interested in the Eastern Front of WWII. It is written in an academic style which may put some people off (also not least to its size!), but if you persist in reading, you are rewarded with a very indepth look at the Russo-German war from the Soviet perspective. John Erickson has done an enormous amount of research into this confict, probably made all the more difficult due to having to access Soviet archives during the 1970's. My main gripe is that there are no maps included, (to show some of the least known places mentioned in the early period of war)but the amount of information contained in the book outweighs that gripe. Once you manage to finish this book, you can then move on to the Bibliograpy or part two in this series, The Road to Berlin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 6 May 2001
Mr Erickson has produced an excellent history of the events from the start of operation Barbarossa until the encirclement and destruction of Field marshall von Paulus's 6th army in February 1943.It is not too difficult to see the awful irony in that terrible war of attrition, as it is very difficult not to be moved by the commradeship,valour and sacrifice of the ordinary german infantryman against unimaginable odds in that nightmare of a city, inspite of the terrible attrocities committed by the einsatzgruppen and SS upon the ordinary russian people. An excellent and well balanced account of the catastrophic last days of the 6th army. First class!!
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The book was very informative. Although i found the book very hard going to begin as the book progressed it became almost impossible to put down. John Erickson goes into great detail to describe the effects the war had on both the German and Red Army. From both the Military and civillian aspects. All in all a very good book and i would recomend it to anyone interested Hitlers war with the Soviet Union.
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John Erickson is most certainly one of the best historians when it comes to the Eastern Front. "The Road to Stalingrad" portrays the Red Army’s struggle to come to terms with its own deficiencies and the overwhelming forces of the German army. This is definitely a must have for, not just those interested in the Eastern Front, but for all of those fascinated by the second world war. The only thing that I really miss is detailed maps over the operations. As it is, it is quite cumbersome to have a atlas in your lap while reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some background on the author, anecdotally 21 July 2011
By Philip
John Erickson was a great historian, but he was not necessarily an unbiased one. When he first approched the Soviets to access their archives, so the story goes, they didn't trust him. He had to provide some bona fides. He told them that his wife was Yugoslav, presumably also pro-Soviet. They went and checked her out. They approved of what they found about her, so they opened up their archives to him. He had an abundance of information to work with. However, it seems that one condition of allowing him access to their archives was that he should not write any history critical of the SU, the Red Army or the GPW except where they allowed him to for their agenda.

His work in this respect is very similar to Glantz's work. Glantz is now a memeber of the Soviet/Russian academy of sciences.

It is always helpful to have this kind of awareness in mind when assessing an author's work.
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