Barbarossa: The Russian German Conflict: The Russian-German Conflict, 1941-45 Hardcover – 23 Mar 1995
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The classic account of the war on the Eastern Front between the Russians and the Germans - the greatest clash of arms the world has ever seen - written by the eminent military historian, diarist and politician Alan Clark.
About the Author
Alan Clark, MP for Plymouth between 1974 and 1992 and Kensington and Chelsea between 1997 and 1999, was Minister of Trade and Minister of State. He was married with two sons and lived at Saltwood Castle, Kent. He died in 1999.
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Now, about 50 years after it was first written, one might pick apart certain aspects - he seems to buy into Heinz 'Achtung Panzer' Guderian's personal renderings of events rather uncritically, for example - but in broad terms Clark's account seems to have withstood the test of time admirably.
At around 460 pages this is, by contemporary standards, a slightly old-fashioned in-depth treatment of, primarily, the military side of this mammoth campaign. Having recently read a more wide-ranging but very succinct account by German historian Christian Hartman, Clark's lengthier and more detailed old-school rendering was the perfect way to really get deeper into this gargantuan subject (at least on the military history side).
Whilst Clark does address the conflict from both sides, he definitely leans the weight of his coverage more to the German perspective. My title quote captures the mixture of awed excitement mingled with horror that both author and readers may feel when these two profligately cruel ideological empires clashed. For the German's, after the initial euphoria of 'kick-off', it's somewhat surprising how soon the rot set in, in terms of things starting to go wrong for the Axis forces. As many have remarked, the Germans may have read accounts of Napoleon in Russia, but they appear to have failed to learn from them.
For the vast bulk of this moderately large book Clark remains fixed on the military side of things.Read more ›
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I read this work in the very late nineties, by that time this work was already `dated'. We are now, at the time of writing this review, into the second decade of the 21st century... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Sussman
I really don't think that this book is (as other reviews suggest), particularly biased. It seems to focus on the devastating reality of war and despite being a little old, he holds... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jordan
Very interesting, well written book, which gives the reader an 'overall picture', of the events on the Eastern Front between 1941-1945. Read morePublished 4 months ago by P M SMITH
Incredibly harrowing at times but an easy read for such a complex and brutal period
Great book encompassing the massive offensive into Russia. Thought I couldn't learn anymore about this until I read this book.Published 8 months ago by L. T.