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5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME...BUY IT , as it is worth every pound/euro, 16 May 2004
This review is from: The Battle for Leningrad, 1941-1944 (Modern War Studies) (Hardcover)
I have and still read much of Mr Glantz books, mainly because of my time in the portuguese army and sargeant school, and for a ww2 addicted like me EVERY book by glantz brings so much new information and presents the same in such a perfect way that a common reader, imediately find the himself also as an expert on the subject, in this case teh Battle for Leningrad, a battle never understood in the military sense, neither on the political, but Glantz not only focus on both of the objectives of the attempt to conquer (by the germans) and defend(by the soviets)as he gives a fantastic overview of teh battle from 1941 to 1944, cos it was possible the longest and bloodiest siege of Human history, and a battle that lasted 900 days
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Account of the Siege and Liberation of Leningrad, 16 Jun 2011
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This review is from: The Battle for Leningrad, 1941-1944 (Modern War Studies) (Hardcover)
Once again, Mr Glantz has delivered a jam packed account of another important campaign of WWII. The action covers, in the German sector, the beginning of Barbarossa in June 1941 and goes to April 1944 when the Russians had liberated Leningrad giving it access to Moscow by rail and pushing the Germans back to the prepared defensive line called Panther.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part is the Opening assault that takes AGN past the Baltics, Lake Pskov, Luga, Novgorod and Kingisepp by the end of September 1941. For the rest of the year, Leeb tries to break into the city but fails each time. When Hitler transfers important outfits to AGC for their Operation Typhoon, Leeb is forced to stop the offensive and lay siege to the city.
Part two includes the next two years when the blockade is in place and the Germans try to get the city to surrender while the local Russian Fronts try to break the strangle hold. At first the Russians make little progress but after repeated attempts they slowly gain momentum and by the start of 1944 have the initiative.
The last part involves the major Russian offensive that breaks the blockade around Leningrad and pushes the Germans back to the Panther Line by April 1944. The defeat of the Finns is also covered.The Siniavino series of battles were especially well covered. Battle coverage also includes partisan influence for the three years. The misery of the civilians trapped in Leningrad is also discussed.
As usual the operational detail is impressive. The tactical and strategic elements of each battle is given along with brief analysis, allowing the reader to understand the significance of the actions taken by both sides. The Russian side is favored but the German coverage is adequate.

Mr Glantz must have thought going past April 1944 beyond the limits of the liberation of Leningrad. That's too bad for there was considerable action for the rest of the year when the Russians pushed the Germans beyond the Panther line to the Wendish and Segewold lines.
In addition to the narrative are 18 maps. The maps are good but all cover the large regional conflict area. The book could've been improved by adding additional maps showing the small area of individual battles.
There are also photos and information tables to add to the reading experience. There is also an extensive Appendix that includes a detailed Order of Battle, important war documents and statistics of the campaign.
Overall this is the best book on Leningrad that I've read but I would like to suggest reading Steven Newton's "Retreat from Leningrad" for it adds coverage to the latter months of 1944 as well as some beneficial analysis.
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The Battle for Leningrad, 1941-1944 (Modern War Studies) by David M. Glantz (Hardcover - 30 Nov 2002)
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