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Stalingrad: How the Red Army Triumphed (Pen & Sword Military) Hardcover – 19 Apr 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; First Edition edition (19 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844155439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844155439
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.1 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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From the Publisher

`Michael Jones' book...represents a milestone in the treatment
of the battle.... Jones is able to zero in on the psychological state of
Red Army combatants and successfully determine just what motivated them to
fight and endure as they did in such extreme circumstances....The result is
highly effective and utterly captivating. Previous accounts have been
unable to fully convey the desperate ferocity of the battle. Now we see it
in all its horror - and better understand the courage of Stalingrad's
defenders. This is the finest history of its type published to date.'

David M. Glantz, from the Foreword

About the Author

Michael K Jones is an author and historian.Michael Jones is well-known for his innovative, controversial studies of warfare. A former university lecturer in medieval history, he now works as a freelance writer, presenter and battlefield tour guide. He has written numerous articles on warfare for journals. Since 1984 he has been guiding visitors around battlefields, including Stalingrad, Bannockburn, and the battlefields of the Hundred Years' War. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Few battles can have been so written about or, on the face of it, be as well known as the battle of Stalingrad. It is our ostensible familiarity with the events on the Volga in the autumn and winter of 1942 that makes this new book on the battle the more remarkable. Michael K. Jones, already recognised as one of the most innovative of current military historians from his work on the battles of Agincourt and Bosworth, had applied his fascination with `battle physcology' to understand how the Red Army overcame incredible odds to turn the tide of the war on the Eastern Front. The author has used new testimony from Red Army veterans, particularly Anatoly Mereshko, an officer on the staff of the Soviet commander, Chuikov, to draw a very different picture of the battle, one in which the position of the 62nd Army (the defenders of the city upon whom the battle concentrates) was even more desperate than has previously been thought. Jones' ability to cut through the Soviet rhetoric and bring out the authentic voice of Stalingrad's defenders, and what motivated them to perform acts of superhuman courage and determination, makes for compelling history. Key points in the battle - the defence of `Pavlov's House', the German assault of mid-October, and the development of the sniper movement among the defenders - are reinterpreted in the face of this new evidence. This is not just another book on Stalingrad: it rewrites the story of the battle and the picture that emerges is even more extraordinary than the one with which we are familiar. This is military history at its best: innovative, original and highly readable.
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This is a defining book that opens up a whole new way of considering that awful conflict in the East: From the individual Russian soldiers point of view, first hand, on the ground, from the source and without communist rhetoric or dubious translation. It is sure to become a classic.

Professor Richard Homes was once the master of telling the story of the ordinary soldier at war, the baton has clearly now been passed to Michael K Jones. Jones takes this type of narrative prose to an all new level having been able to obtain accounts from veterans whilst actually touring the battlefield with them and having access to both their private papers and actual contemporary combat records.

The book sets the scene for the overall conflict then comprehensively takes us through the battle detailing all the key events. The details of the 14 September and 14 October when the Red Army all but collapsed are chilling. The narrative is compulsive; Jones clearly knows the terrain like the back of his hand so that you get a real sense of being there. The pictures from the battlefield as it is today are somehow unnerving as they draw the whole story into reality. The book is not over long and wont be half read and left on a shelf.

Just how Jones managed to get access to so many veterans to tell their stories is a mystery to me. How do you get an ageing ex Deputy Commander of the Warsaw Pact or a revered War Poet to meet you and travel with you?

This book sets the standard and is a comprehensive work, I hope Jones will be able to bring his unique approach to the other major areas of the War in the East, hopefully this book will be the first in a series.

Any chance of Kharkov, Sevastopol or Leningrad?
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At the outset, I feel obligated to acknowledge that I am unqualified to determine to what extent Michael J. Jones's and Antony Beevor's accounts of the Battle of Stalingrad are...and are not...accurate, nor have I read any of Beevor's books. The remarks that follow focus entirely on Jones's book and explain why I hold it in such high regard. Briefly, here are some facts that help to establish the context for the account that Jones provides. After Germany and the Axis powers invaded the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941 and advanced deep into Soviet territory, they suffered a series of defeats and failed in their drive to conquer Moscow. The United States had by then declared war on Germany and Hitler wanted to end the fighting on the Eastern Front or at least minimize it before the U.S. became deeply involved in the war in Europe.

Hitler was determined to invade and occupy Stalingrad because it was a major industrial city on the banks of the Volga River (a vital transport route between the Caspian Sea and northern Russia) and its capture would secure the left flank of the German armies as they advanced into the Caucasus with large oil deposits, desperately needed by the German army. Also, the city bore the name of Hitler's nemesis, Joseph Stalin, and capturing it would be an ideological and propaganda coup. Stalin also had an ideological and propaganda interest in defending the city but there were severe constraints in terms of time and resources. The Red Army, at this stage of the war, was less capable of highly mobile operations than was the German Army. Stalin's strategy was to have his troops engage in combat inside the city, an area that could be dominated by short-range small firearms and artillery rather than armored and mechanized tactics.
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