Stalingrad: How the Red Army Triumphed Paperback – 21 Jan 2010
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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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Hardcover.
About the Author
David M. Glantz and Jonathan M. House have collaborated on all three volumes of the Stalingrad Trilogy, as well as on the books When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler and The Battle of Kursk. A retired U. S. Army colonel fluent in Russian, Glantz is the author of numerous books, including The Battle for Leningrad, 19411944; Colossus Reborn: The Red Army at War, and Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania. House is the author of Combined Arms Warfare in the Twentieth Century.
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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 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 16 months ago 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
glad I got it, haven't finished it yet, tells the story as it was, a very interesting read. GET IT!Published on 26 May 2013 by kevin wilkins
A very good book which I enjoyed reading! A very good account of a pivotal battle in Ww2 on the Eastern FrontPublished on 24 Dec. 2012 by Stupot11