- Paperback: 440 pages
- Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing (1 July 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0711034680
- ISBN-13: 978-0711034686
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 691,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kharkov 1942: Anatomy of a Military Disaster Through Soviet Eyes Paperback – 1 Jul 2010
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About the Author
David M. Glantz is a leading military historian who has published books and articles for a wide range of publishers in the United States and the United Kingdom. He is a founder and former director of the U.S. Army's Foreign Military Studies Office.
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A second thing that was disappointing is that the tactical coverage was dominated by Red Army actions. Maybe its understandable in the early days when they were gaining ground but by the 17th, the coverage should have swung to the Germans and it didn't appreciably.
Mr Glantz included 37 daily maps which helped support the story. It clearly showed the Russian advance and the subsequent German counter offensive. These maps are clearer, better than the ones in his later books. The battle coverage stops in May but the author does provide an additional map that shows the German progress after Kharkov that extends to October when Operation Blue was being fought.
After the battle, Mr Glantz provides his conclusions. He sums up the results militarily and politically. This reversal for Stalin, Timoshenko and Zhukov was a real shock that forced them to look for greater assistance from their Allies and to be more cautious on the battlefield.Read more ›
It is an insight into the unfolding military disaster of Kharkov and the surrounding area in 1942 where the Soviets grossly underestimated the strength of the German Wehrmacht formations.
It is written in a way that distances itself from the actual physics of war - concentrating more on a macro scale divisions of arms, their dynamics and the background of these divisions. This description of the many Soviet divisions though enlightening is hard going. As new material is now available I think the Author felt an obligation to enter it into the public domain and interesting though it is there is an information overload which slowed the pace of the read but stick with it.
Glantz concentrates on the broad brush tatical manoevers looked at from a Generals perspective with hindsight.
Where it is interesting is by showing you cannot act on 'assumptions' about the enemy - it is imperative that you have concrete intelligence about their strength, movements and reserves. Ok you have to second guess the enemy to a certain extent and think about the likelihood of 'A' attacking the Southern Front at time 'B' with a strength of 'C' but you must always be flexible enough to change your focus quickly with sufficient force to execute the operation change effectively. You have to 'Know Your Enemy' which sadly for the Soviets they didn't know enough and jumped to too many conclusions. This developing senario - preparation of troops / refitting battered divisions and speed of movement to the jumping off points which ensues shows that the timing of readiness and effective communication is of paramount importance.Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for my father who is crazy about WW2 history. He loved it and surprisingly didn't give out about the author writing incorrect facts. He's a hard man to please...Published 16 months ago by Lorraine Darcy
Busy reading. Glanrz does a great job by narrating this battle, viewed trough the eyes of the Russians.Published on 14 Aug. 2014 by halfaya
great book delivered quickly Cuts throught the battles but very poor small unclear maps Explains why the overconfident Red Army thaks to Stalins Ego was crushed again after winning... Read morePublished on 21 July 2014 by K. Archer
A great book of history about a terrible war in Russia. Lots of references and further reading cant wait to visit the city.Published on 14 Dec. 2012 by AMDOG