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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 6 Jan 2010
This review is from: To the Gates of Stalingrad: The Stalingrad Trilogy v. 1: Soviet-German Combat Operations, April-August 1942 (Modern War Studies) (Hardcover)
This book covers period from Soviet spring offensive around Voronezh to Germans reaching Stalingrad itself. ook opens, as it's custumary in such books, with overall picture of players, from opposing strategic plans, to senior officers (generals and above), to troops and weapons. with so many people involed you get only brief overview of generals but that is sufficient. there are plenty of sources elsewhere to get more detailed information.

This book lives up to what one should expect from Glantz. Detailed, plenty of maps, actions described from both sides and personal anecodetes that simply add to "the big picture" but don't distract from it. the book is sufficeintly large (486 pages of text + 170 pages of notes, bibliography, index and appendix) to cover both such deatails and "big picture". no wonder entire battle had to be split into 3 books of simialr size.

And just as German forces diverged, so does the book, parallel descriptions of northern (Voronezh, approaches to Don and beyond toward Stalingrad) and southern (toward Caucassus) axis. Later is too often ignored, with focus given to more dramatic battle for Stalingrad itself. The why and hows of actions are described, given context.

Several myths or misconceptions are debunked, soviet couteractions in april-august are given mroe weight and long-term results than previously beleived. This explains why Germans found themselves in situation that confronted them when the actual battle for Stalingrad itself started and why soviet November counter offensive brought results.

And as next two volumes promise to be of same quality as this one this trilogy is well worth your money and time invested in studying it. I believe that in next years if not decades this trilogy will be considered the authoritative work on Stalingrad battle.
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