- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Stalingrad: How the Red Army Triumphed (Pen & Sword Military) Hardcover – 19 Apr 2007
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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?
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read a lot of history books, but few of them are as well written and researched as this one. Some new information and explication about events which were previously hidden... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrew Lale
I have read numerous books on the stalingrad battle but none comes up to this one .the sheer ferocity of the fighting the unbelievable heroism of the Russian soldiers will remain... Read morePublished 9 months ago by mick foster
I have read other books by Mr Jones and this one is as consistently readable as his others.
The book tells of the battle of Stalingrad from the Russian perspective and takes... Read more
For those readers, like myself, who enjoyed Beevor's classic work on Stalingrad but felt cheated by his refusal to enter in any debate about our understanding of the battle beyond... Read morePublished on 18 April 2015 by Stafford Steve
We all know about Stalingrad - or do we? This book brings it all to life in a moving and exceptionally vivid manner. Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2014 by Mr. M. Herbert
Brilliant book, ground level accounts of what happened, and I came away thinking 'My God, how did the Russians turn this around, from being pushed to rivers edge on the banks of... Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2013 by Mooo
While I have read a lot on this subject , I found it contained material new to me . It was well written and easy to follow. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2013 by lorraine
Interesting view of the infamous battle.
Lots of revisions of previous books, following interviews with veterans. Read more