FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
The Viaz'ma Catastrophe, ... has been added to your Basket

Dispatch to:
To see addresses, please
Or
Please enter a valid UK postcode.
Or
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Book Ships From Los Angeles, USA. Please up to 21 days for delivery. Very Clean Copy. Over 300,000 Amazon Orders Shipped....Buy With Confidence! Orders may be subject to taxes/duties which are determined by country upon arrival.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Viaz'ma Catastrophe, 1941: The Red Army's Disastrous Stand against Operation Typhoon Hardcover – Illustrated, 15 Nov 2012

4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover, Illustrated
"Please retry"
£55.00
£24.01 £21.60
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£55.00 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special offers and product promotions

  • Find Your Way Home--Bestselling Sat Navs

    Plan ahead and avoid traffic jams with one of our bestselling sat navs from top brands including TomTom and Garmin. We also stock a great range of up-to-date and fully-routable maps for your device, including popular destinations such as France, Portugal, North America and Scotland.



Frequently bought together

  • The Viaz'ma Catastrophe, 1941: The Red Army's Disastrous Stand against Operation Typhoon
  • +
  • The Rzhev Slaughterhouse: The Red Army's Forgotten 15-month Campaign against Army Group Center, 1942-1943
Total price: £84.95
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Helion and Company (15 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908916508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908916501
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Review

Viazma was the nadir of the Red Armys performance during Operation Barbarossa. Lopukhovskys painstaking research in hitherto unavailable archival sources exposes weaknesses from the high command to the rifle platoons. The author demonstrates as well the structural weaknesses that underlay the USSRs military shortcomings, and he memorializes the soldiers whose blood paid for errors too long obscured by neglect and cover-ups. --Dennis Showalter, Colorado College, author of Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk, The Turning Point of World War II

Lopukhovskys account of the battle of Viazma is masterful. The sheer detail and expert analysis reflects the 41 years he spent researching and writing it. --David Stahel, author of Operation Typhoon: Hitler s March on Moscow, October 1941 and Kiev 1941

The level of detail is staggering and the accompanying maps and tables add a degree of clarity rarely enjoyed in a book of this complexity. Stuart Britton who has undertaken the translation of this book from its original Russian is to be commended for another outstanding endeavour… an outstanding book and a highly recommended addition to those seeking to expand their understanding of the challenges that the Soviet's struggled with in trying to contain the German Typhoon of 1941. It is a sobering and humbling rendition of the sacrifice of the Russian soldier and the dysfunction of their leadership. --Global War Studies

The level of detail is staggering and the accompanying maps and tables add a degree of clarity rarely enjoyed in a book of this complexity. Stuart Britton who has undertaken the translation of this book from its original Russian is to be commended for another outstanding endeavour… an outstanding book and a highly recommended addition to those seeking to expand their understanding of the challenges that the Soviet's struggled with in trying to contain the German Typhoon of 1941. It is a sobering and humbling rendition of the sacrifice of the Russian soldier and the dysfunction of their leadership. --Global War Studies

This gem of a book, a detailed and accurate exposé of what actually took place at Viaz ma, is the product of a prolonged struggle to overcome Soviet censorship. The results is a graphic, balanced, accurate, and sometimes poignant study of the long-concealed October tragedy at Viaz ma ... Finally provides essential details about one of the longest lasting blank chapters in the record of the 20th century s most brutal and costly war. It is a must read for those interested in the Soviet-German War, in particular, and military history in general. --The Russian Review

A remarkable work which took the author more than forty years to research and write … Until there are more archival materials made available, Lopukhovsky's exhaustive study will remain the final word on the Soviet experience at Viaz’ma. --- War in History

Review

The level of detail is staggering and the accompanying maps and tables add a degree of clarity rarely enjoyed in a book of this complexity. Stuart Britton who has undertaken the translation of this book from its original Russian is to be commended for another outstanding endeavour… an outstanding book and a highly recommended addition to those seeking to expand their understanding of the challenges that the Soviet's struggled with in trying to contain the German Typhoon of 1941. It is a sobering and humbling rendition of the sacrifice of the Russian soldier and the dysfunction of their leadership."
(Jason Banner Global War Studies)

Viaz’ma was the nadir of the Red Army’s performance during Operation Barbarossa. Lopukhovsky’s painstaking research in hitherto unavailable archival sources exposes weaknesses from the high command to the rifle platoons. The author demonstrates as well the structural weaknesses that underlay the USSR’s military shortcomings, and he memorializes the soldiers whose blood paid for errors too long obscured by neglect and cover-ups. (Dennis Showalter, Colorado College, author of Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk, The Turning Point of World War I Dennis Showalter, Colorado College, author of Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk, The Turning Point of World War I)

Lopukhovsky’s account of the battle of Viaz’ma is masterful. The sheer detail and expert analysis reflects the 41 years he spent researching and writing it. (David Stahel, author of Operation Typhoon: Hitler’s March on Moscow, October 1941 and Kiev 1941. David Stahel, author of Operation Typhoon: Hitler’s March on Moscow, October 1941 and Kiev 1941.)

See all Product description

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
4
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 5 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
This is a remarkable though select study of the initial battles of Operation Typhoon. Though demanding and requiring your full attention, an enthusiast could read this operational treasure-trove over and over and never tire of it. It was intriguing but also challenging to read about the same engagement from different perspectives; usually two sometimes three different viewpoints discussed. The commentary and analysis is superb and will give the reader a better understanding of the campaign. Though this book covers both sides, it is Russian-centric and it spends more time discussing Soviet plans, assaults and maneuvers than on the German perspective.

This very sentiment was first expressed nearly two years ago when describing "Demolishing the Myth" by Valeriy Zamulin but it also exactly describes "The Viazma Catastrophe, 1941" for the two books and authors have many comparable attributes: both authors spent many years researching, verifying material and writing their books; both researchers had access to material not readily available to the public; both authors have a firm grasp of tactics and can express battlefield operations succinctly as well as analyze the results of those battlefield actions. Both authors can also empathize with the key commanders and can describe accurately the thoughts and motives of those commanders as they prosecute the battle; they also have the ability to hunt down and assemble material from different sources describing the same event or happenstance, allowing the reader to have a more well rounded experience. Both books were also translated by the same person, Stuart Britton, and he did a marvelous job of converting a complex Russian text into an enjoyable, understandable English narrative.
Read more ›
Comment 26 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Lopukhovsky, whose father, an officer in the 120th Howitzer Artillery Regiment, disappeared in the Yyazma Battles, set himself the task of finding out not only the circumstances of his father's disappearance but more so how the Germans achieved such a huge victory months after the surprise attack of June 22 1941 - The Author offers a more detailed explanation for the conditions through which the huge encirclement at Viaz'ma, and neighboring Briansk, was created than previous studies have offered.
While a large obstacle still remains in the form of still classified Soviet-era files in the archives, which leads to Lopukhovsky having to entertain his own ideas from time to time, the final product in the form of "The Viaz'ma Catastrophe" goes a long way in helping to explain the numerous reasons why the Red Army continually failed to halt German offensives up through October of 1941. Highly Recommended
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
OK
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This book, seemingly the culmination of a lifetime's work, is a detailed and authoritative account of events on the Moscow axis during the first two weeks of October 1941, with particular emphasis on the Viazma encirclement. It is written predominantly from the Soviet perspective, with an introductory chapter that summarises events during the Smolensk battle in late August / early September, and the great Kiev encirclement of September. Viazma was a battle in which the author's father was killed, and the author, himself a retired Red Army colonel and with access to all but the most sensitive of its military archives, is far from uncritical of the Soviet organisational arrangements or of individual Soviet commanders during the period of the Red Army's most disastrous few weeks. (Mid-September to mid-October 1941 - a period in which the Red Army lost nearly two million men, most of them as prisoners.) In a digression from the main subject of the book, the final chapter is largely given over to a re-evaluation of official Soviet data on wartime combat losses, though losses at Viazma are also critically examined. Lopukhovsky's book contains little reference to the organisational arrangements and decision making processes on the German side, and the absence of an order of battle table often makes references to individual Soviet divisions and regiments difficult to place in context. Nonetheless, Lopukhovsky has produced an insightful depiction of the Red Army's actions during the opening phase of the epic battle for Moscow.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Incredibly detailed, and extremely critical of Soviet decision making during this massive battle, this is a must have book (for all the issues with the odd bit of poor translation and maps that in my view are a bit too crowded to use easily) for any one interested in the GPW during WW2.

Buy it. You will not regret it.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse