Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front 1941-1942: Schwerpunkt Hardcover – 28 Feb 2014
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About the Author
Robert Forczyk is a leading expert on the history of armored warfare, and he has made a particular study of the Second World War on the Eastern Front. His many books include Georgy Zhukov, Demyansk 1942-43, Red Christmas: The Tatsinskaya Airfield Raid 1942, Rescuing Mussolini: Gran Sasso 1943, Sevastopol 1942: Von Manstein's Triumph, Leningrad 1941-44, Model, Erich Von Manstein and Panther Vs T-34: Ukraine 1943.
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The two chapter introduction is important and the foundation for the rest of the book. It briefly describes the interwar history, battle strategy and tank doctrine of the two dictators and their armed services and while the author touches on command level aspects, the author is never far away from tank characteristics or ground level armor tactics. He is as comfortable discussing Hitler's misguided view that the Soviet Union could be defeated in six weeks or Stalin's Five Year Plans and attempting to divert conflict with Hitler until 1942 or 43 as he is in explaining why Germany made a mistake in not building a high torque diesel engine for their Tiger, Elephant and Panther heavy tanks or comparing Blitzkrieg with Stalin's Deep Battle strategy. The German advantage of having radios and better optics in their tanks during this period is discussed as well and many other features of the leading tanks of the war - Pz IV, Tiger, Panther, T-34 .Read more ›
The action reads nicely, as the story has a steady pace to it. I found the author did his best to explain the intentions of both sides before each action. He also evaluated the results in a comprehensibe manner, placing them in context, making me understand what the bigger picture was and how these results should be regarded. Inbetween descriptions of battles and campaigns the author isn't afraid to give his opinion of the main protagonists, and I really like it that he sometimes goes against common opinions. I noticed he's no fan of Zhukovs and really likes Vasilevsky. Also he heavily critises Paulus and is praising Model.Read more ›
the german infantry's weapons (except the few '88's) & their tanks couldn't stop the T34 & KV tanks until early 42. So tanks were the deciding factors in 41-2 battles, not the amount of infantry. Forczyk analyses tank production, doctrines, tactics and the battles in a chronological progression from June 41 to Dec 42. He does it in a very readable, engaging, flowing narrative.
Many other excellent recent studies have revised our understanding of the conflict, with Glantz et al opening the russian archives and destroying many nazi inspired myths; "the russians used mass over tactics", "the germans were defeated by the weather" etc. What a lot of these new studies concentrate on are the remarkable regenerative powers of the russian army, that despite losing most of its western armies in the 1st 5months, managed to increase from approx 2.5million men to 6m by december. It is even said that the germans had lost the war by july 41, because of general slowness & their personel losses around Smolensk. But just looking at the infantry numbers misses the huge importance of the tanks. Forczyk shows how crucially important they were. He shows how the massive numbers of russian infantry were not "guaranteed" victory after July 41, how in fact they had to keep struggling, losing, reforming, until over a year later (end 42) when they finally learnt how to stop a full bloodied german panzer schwerpunkt.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This isn't exactly a neglected subject - in fact, many readers will appreciate the clarity and objectiveness which Robert Forczyk brings to an area that has been analyzed into the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by damian
This is a very detailed and we'll researched history of the most crucial period of the war on the Eastern front, when the Russians finally turned the tide of the German invasion.Published 15 days ago by bikerboy
Again a mind changer for those who wish to look deeper into war.Published 2 months ago by Brian Portway
In depth book suitable for a real enthusiast. Really enjoyed it to the point summing up the actions during winter 41/42 at which juncture the formatting and narrative page by page... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very very full of detail, became a bit heavy on detail , very well writtenPublished 2 months ago by brian