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When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler (Modern War Studies) Paperback – 30 Dec 1995

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Product details

  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas; New edition edition (30 Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700608990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700608997
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 861,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By A Customer on 19 April 2005
Format: Paperback
This is good very readable history and nothing can take that away from it, I enjoyed it. I think the problem comes from what it was sold as. Both the jacket and the people who recommended it to me, suggest it is a completely new take on things - the back cover says it "presents a fundamentally new interpretation of events". I think from that perspective I was left disappointed. I have read widely on this subject so my existing personal interpretation is not based on any one or two previous books but I felt in terms of overall impression this added nothing new for me. I felt in an effort to redress the balance of German/Russian perspective it moved very quickly over the summers of 1941 and 1942 and overall is quite light weight. That said it is readable and balanced, but if you are already well read on this subject I don't feel it offers a dramatically new view on events.
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Format: Paperback
Most people interested in this era tend to read books told from a German viewpoint with all its' attendant distortions (it's all Hitler's fault we lost, I didn't commit warcrimes etc). This book uses sources from both sides but gives a military hisotry from the Soviet view. This was the most terrrible conflict in history in terms of casualties. The prose is at times formulaic. If you want to know more than just the pure military history eg what did the average Soviet citizen fight for, then you probably need to read Richard Overy's "Russia's War". For a more extensive military and political history read Ericksons "Stalin's War With Germany".
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Format: Paperback
The sheer scale of the conflict in eastern Europe and Russia comes across in this book. There just isn't enough space to write about just one battle and it's participants, the war was so huge in the east. Thousands of people, masses of military equipment move great distances in the space of a sentence and still this book has to be economic with the language used to describe events. Descriptions are good and the structuring of the work is fine. This is no Saving Private Ryan, but it does justice to the efforts of the Russian people to defeat Hitler. Of no small importance is the fact that this book writes from the Soviet point of view. The front is the western front and the enemy a defiler of the motherland. The credit the authors give to Soviet commanders skill in defeating the German army and it's allies is long overdue considering the pro-German bias of previous accounts.
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Format: Hardcover
This excellent book has in it a full review of all Soviet opperations between 1939 beginning with the Soviet-Finnish war, through all of the second world war, and afterwards in mongolia. The book has interesting insight and anlysis of soviet military doctrine an its revival throughout the war
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By A Customer on 27 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
If you want to know where each army was, when it was there, and how many tanks it had, this is the book for you. There is no emotion, no drama, no feeling. I am a fan of "The Forgotten Soldier" - this book is the antithesis of that one. "When Titans Clashed" is a masterpiece of numbers. For me, the book was a disappointment.
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