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Three Kings: Axis Royal Armies on the Russian Front 1941 Paperback – 12 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: (12 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1300136618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1300136613
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 702,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Patrick Cloutier studied the Russian language at Defense Language Institute and later earned a B.A. degree in Russian language studies at UCONN. He also studied for one semester in Saint Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), in a study abroad program with the University of Illinois. In addition to being an author, he translates from Russian to English. He has also written a number of free-lance articles, which have appeared in various newspapers, including the New Haven Register and the Providence Journal. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It is surprising that with the enduring interest and wealth of publications about Operation Barbarossa and the Eastern Front, that there are still large gaps in available knowledge and literature. Post war publications tended to focus on the actions of the German armies, and the key battles they fought in. There was little available from the Soviet perspective and almost nothing covering minor Axis allies, other than passing references (often disparaging) in German oriented histories. The fall of communism and glasnost has led to a trickle of information coming out of Russian archives which talented historians like David Glantz have used to publish thoroughly researched volumes on those same key battles and many lesser known ones, from the Soviet perspective. Very little has been published relating to the actions of the Axis allies (Hungary/Italy/Romania) and/or events on the extreme southern flank of Operation Barbarossa. Partly this is because there are few available primary sources available (most Romanian archives were destroyed towards the end of the war, and there were few biographies published (because most Romanian/Hungarian soldiers were semi-literate at best); partly because there were few German armies (and even fewer elite units) in this zone of operations; and because the decisive actions were occurring further to the north, in the central Ukraine & Poland. Even so, the rapid Soviet occupation of Bessarabia in 1940 was a key decider in Hitler's decision to attack the Soviet Union, and the number of men involved in the far south numbered around a million men, with numbers of aircraft deployed not dissimilar in number to those used in the Battle of Britain. In light of all this Patrick Clouter's book is a welcome addition to the literature on Operation Barbarossa.Read more ›
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Excellent summary of the Italians, Hungarians & Romanians on the Ostfront in the initial period.
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HASH(0x94d2799c) out of 5 stars Great for wargamers 19 Nov. 2012
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The nice thing about Mr. Cloutier's books is that the author goes into so much detail about the individual units in the axis armies, making the books ideal for wargaming. This book is centered on the Hungarian, Italian and Romanian forces on the Russian front in 1941, and is a subject that is sorely lacking in wargaming circles. Nobody seems to write about the axis allies, besides belittling and talking down about them. It's nice to see a unbiased look at the subject; not saying they were terrible soldiers but also not raising them to something they were not.
Being an avid wargamer this book and his previous book on the Italian armies really adds depth to any scenario. It has an awesome account of the battle for Odessa that really focuses on the Romanian forces, great for additional flavor for an Eastern Front campaign. All in all a great, unbiased book on a subject not written about very often, the royal axis armies on the Russian front.
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HASH(0x94d27da4) out of 5 stars It does provide good insight to the operational methods and tactics used within ... 12 Jun. 2015
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A fairly comprehensive account of the Axis Satellite armies operations in Russia during 1941. It does not provide much in the way of order of battle information or technical data on equipment. It does provide good insight to the operational methods and tactics used within the context of Operation Barbarossa. Given the relative dearth of material on these armies it is therefore highly recommended.
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Good overall book about the Axis Minor Armies. Could have given them each equal written space. Romania received the biggest amount of coverage. They did provide more troops to Barbarossa.
The last chapter discussion about the Jews seems out of place in a book about Axis Minor forces in Barbarossa. Had not heard this before now.
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HASH(0x94d27de0) out of 5 stars GOOD SOLID HISTORY OF A TOPIC SELDOM TOUCHED 8 Feb. 2013
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HASH(0x94d2b1ec) out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Dec. 2015
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Extremely well researched and written!
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