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Fascinating Analysis, 25 Sep 2010
A thorough and scholarly analysis of Russian and German operations around the doomed Soviet Kharkov offensive. The opposing forces are considered at length and the assumptions and aims of the Russian attacks explained. This is not a book for those wanting to know about war at a personal level or who wants to hear about glorious victories. It is an academic work that requires effort to grasp. The physical production is poor and the maps eye-straining. The latter is a great shame as the average PHD thesis now has better graphics. It is the complete antithesis to an Osprey wargaming book.
The Russians had 277,000 casualties in the Kharkov disaster. As a comparison German casualties in the Battle for Normandy have been estimated at 216,000. This was a major battle that is treated as a footnote in history, overshadowed by Stalingrad and Kursk.
Highly recommended to those who wish to put in the work and discover what actually happened and why