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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!, 3 April 2010
Luka Novak "luxxi" (Ljubljana, Slovenia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Armageddon in Stalingrad: The Stalingrad Trilogy v. 2: September - November 1942 (Modern War Studies) (Hardcover)
Amazing book. It starts where first one left off, with Germans in Stalingrad's suburbs and covers period until 19. Novemeber, start of Soviet counter-offensive. The fighting is covered in great detail and when read together with first book you see how fighting went from moving corps and divisions to regiments and kampfgrupen. As said the fighting for the city is covered in great detail, practically down to individual buildings and fighting for factory district to fighting for parts of great halls.

Book is suported by large number of relevant maps, allowing for visual comparison of various stages and force disposition. Glantz provides detailed description of German orces, charting their numerical decline and gradual exhaustion. Most of the time individual actions (or fighting during specific days) is backed by relevant quotes from German and soviet war diaries, allowing readers comparison how such actions were seen by each side.

lantz alsoprovides short biographies of soviet generals involved in fighting, higher levels covered in greater detail trough out the book, divisional commanders given few lines in notes.

Highly recomended for any Stalingrad battle enthusiast and in my opinion this trilogy is set to become benchmark for any serious work on this epic battle.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soviets resist as Paulus drives to the Volga, 29 May 2011
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This review is from: Armageddon in Stalingrad: The Stalingrad Trilogy v. 2: September - November 1942 (Modern War Studies) (Hardcover)
This new volume will take you through November 18th, the day before Operation Uranus launches. Mr Glantz provides detailed daily coverage on an unprecedented level of the battle and even if you've read about Stalingrad before, you will probably still learn something new.

To make it easier for the reader to follow the extensive action, Mr Glantz has broken the book into chapters by geographic sections and from within each of these sections he delivers a daily chronicle of the events. Also, periodically combat status tables are provided to show the present physical condition of the divisions of both sides. In addition to the status tables, the authors show specific deployment positions of the combat units at specified intervals over the course of battle. This is amazing information for interested parties; you can follow the flow of battle, the movements of units, the physical conditions of the divisions much easier. There are also reinforcement tables showing when Chuikov received new forces crossing the Volga as well as Germans moving into the city. In addition to the battle coverage, brief career profiles of many unit commanders is provided, giving the reader an added insight into the overall battle.

This volume contains the bulk of the German offensive inside of the city with excellent coverage of the fight for the factory section in the northern part of the city where the fighting was most brutal, where staying alive was the hardest. The assault of the three main factories and their worker villages take up five chapters and more than half of the book. Zhukov's attacks on the northern flank near Kotluban as well as Hube's failed attempt to break Russian resistance in the Rynok / Spartakovka area is also highlighted. The southern half of the city and the prominent ridge called Manaev Kurgan also receives good attention. Action on the Volga is also included. AG A's failed attempt in the Caucasus is also given ample coverage but not complete coverage. Books by Greckho and Tieke which were quoted from provide further coverage in the Caucasus.
This flank action, especially to the north is important for it has a direct bearing on how Paulus prosecutes his battle in Stalingrad. The author is also setting up his battle coverage in his third book when Operation Uranus is launched from around this area. The battle in the Caucasus is covered for it was an intergal part of the original battle plan in the sweep to the Volga River of Operation Blue. The retreat from the Caucasus will also be a important part of Manstein's attempt to save AGS after the launch of the Russian offensive. I'm guessing but this Caucasus fighting will also be covered in the final volume of Stalingrad when AG A retreats to Rostov. This action will also dovetail with the coverage provided in the author's "After Stalingrad". In writing these four books, the author is trying to present the entire picture of the fighting in this sector and timeframe instead of just the battle action in Stalingrad.

In "Conclusions", the authors discuss and analyze the overall aspects of the key commanders and the desperate actions that had to be taken to achieve their objectives. Paulus had to move troops from the northern flanks to replace the high casualties in the city, weakening that flank. Zhukov sacrificed the 62nd Army to draw the Germans deeper into the city but still tried to help by attacking the northern flank. It was clear that the Germans were new to urban warfare while the Russians were masters at it, establishing kill zones among the rubble that would be almost impossible to escape from. An aspect that's not always discussed but the authors thought it important was the fact, that unlike Russia, Hitler didn't completely mobilized his country until it was much too late. In addition to Stalingrad, the authors discuss the influence that the results of Stalingrad had on the Caucasus Front. The chapter ends with listing the costs to both sides of this struggle which was exacerbated by both dictators underestimating his opponent.
Having a military background, Mr Glantz's thoughts and opinions are concise and informative. Each chapter has its own conclusions as well. I have a suggestion that might sound strange but it might be helpful. The level of information in each chapter is so great, so intimidating, it might be useful, especially for new readers, to study the Conclusion section at the end of each chapter before reading the main chapter. By understanding the conclusion, you will enjoy and understand the chapter better.

This stirring story is larger than the first volume and has 896 total pages, 123 photos, 96 maps and 49 tables. The black on white maps outside of the city limits are of similar styles but a better quality of the first volume. There aren't any bad maps in this volume but there is still room for better clarity. As you're reading there will sometimes be pointers, directing you to the proper map to study. The maps of the city showng troop dispositions really helped the reader follow the extensive engagements. The aerial photos were particularly interesting, showing the structure of the city and the scale of destruction. Most of the photos are Soviet related. There is also a scholarly 107 page Notes section that is incredible; you could spend years just studying this wealth of info. The Notes add intriguing info of people and events as well as interesting comments on the other sources. While there are resources for both sides, the Soviet side dominates. A 12 page Bibliography of primary and secondary material adds to your knowledge base. The comprehensive Index will help you find practically any officer, unit or engagement including street skirmishes. This battery of features is ideally suited for the researcher or serious student.

The level of detail is as impressive, perhaps more so than the first volume. With this level of detail it becomes clear how brutal this battle evolved into and it also shows the level of determination, indomitability and courage men must have to continue fighting in this all out war of annihilation. This level of detail was helped by the recently released files of NKVD and 62nd Army. Also like the first book, the authors insert commentary and action report fragments of the combatants with their own narrative to enrich the story.

For any Eastern Front and especially any Stalingrad fan who is interested in the tactical aspect of war, this book like its earlier companion is a must read. I haven't read any other author who comes close to these two books for level of detail. If you liked the first volume, you'll definitely like this second book. If you didn't read the first book but are interested in the battle for Stalingrad then this is the volume you'll want for it covers all the action of Paulus and Hoth as they fight for the control of the city, the river and the destruction of Chuikov and his 62nd Army. For some this trilogy will definitely be a core segment of their WWII collection. Despite being dry and exhausting, Mr Glantz has made reading this prodigious tome as easy as humanly possible and its highly recommended for those interested in the operational aspects of this iconic battle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Von Paulus's quagmire, 20 May 2013
Sussman "Sussman" (London CA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Armageddon in Stalingrad: The Stalingrad Trilogy v. 2: September - November 1942 (Modern War Studies) (Hardcover)
There are some very good and exhaustive reviews for this book and I hope my offering will be at least acceptable. I found this book was almost `forensic' in its approach and the attention to detail was very well done and seemed comprehensive to me. I liked the way in which local commanders on both sides of the conflict were brought into profile and the way in which their abilities, style and leadership were brought to fore.

You can see the detailed research that is applied in illustrating each key battle in the city - where people fought floor by floor and room by room. We are shown the strengths and weakness of the opposing forces their effectiveness in the field. The reader is provided with good maps and tactical data, there is also very good photographic evidence as well. If the battle for Stalingrad holds an interest for you, and you want more than just an overview this book comes highly recommended.
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