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Zhukov's Greatest Defeat: The Red Army's Epic Disaster in Operation Mars, 1942 (Modern War Studies) Paperback – 30 Apr 1999

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  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas; New Ed edition (30 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700614176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700614172
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
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-This is an outstanding contribution to the military history of a very important and little-known event in the campaign on the Eastern Front. That this major setback should have been so concealed from the outside world is characteristic of Soviet censorship; but the depth in which Glantz has studied the whole operation from High Command level to company or platoon using the widest range of source material deserves the highest praise. Also significant is Glantz's placement of Operation Mars alongside the much better-known Stalingrad battle (Operation Uranus) in Soviet political-strategic planning. Glantz's evidence is impressive, his conclusions totally convincing, and the actual military detail unrivaled in the literature. A truly important work.---Malcolm Macintosh, author of Juggernaut: A History of Soviet Armed Forces -A very important book that radically challenges the 'received wisdom' about Stalingrad, the full significance of which cannot be grasped without understanding the role of Operation Mars. That story has remained largely unknown or unexplored for half a century, systematically concealed in Soviet historiography and deliberately misrepresented by Zhukov himself. Glantz's indispensable account, fundamentally important for a proper understanding of the Soviet-German front in late 1942, rescues Operation Mars from such terrible oblivion.---John Erickson, author of The Road to Stalingrad -Redressing a major imbalance in the historical record, Glantz does a remarkable job of unearthing the Soviet side of Operation Mars. This book is well worth reading for anyone interested in the Soviet Union's monumental struggles in World War II.---Roger Reese, author of Stalin's Reluctant Soldiers: A Social History of the Red Army, 1925-1941

"The Soviet dead, missing and wounded were estimated at a staggering 335,000. Glantz describes the appalling carnage that occurred in the forests, mud, fog, freezing temperatures and raging snowstorms of western Russia [and] brings Operation Mars vividly to life."--New York Times Book Review

"This gripping study of the Soviet counter-offensive--a work of permanent value--reveals the full extent of Zhukov's failure."--New York Review of Books

"Shows how greatly Soviet leaders distorted the war's history in their attempts to present themselves as incapable of error."--International History Review

"Vivid, powerful, compelling."--World War II

"This is an outstanding contribution to the military history of a very important and little-known event in the campaign on the Eastern Front. That this major setback should have been so concealed from the outside world is characteristic of Soviet censorship; but the depth in which Glantz has studied the whole operation from High Command level to company or platoon using the widest range of source material deserves the highest praise. Also significant is Glantz's placement of Operation Mars alongside the much better-known Stalingrad battle (Operation Uranus) in Soviet political-strategic planning. Glantz's evidence is impressive, his conclusions totally convincing, and the actual military detail unrivaled in the literature. A truly important work."--Malcolm Macintosh, author of Juggernaut: A History of Soviet Armed Forces

"A very important book that radically challenges the 'received wisdom' about Stalingrad, the full significance of which cannot be grasped without understanding the role of Operation Mars. That story has remained largely unknown or unexplored for half a century, systematically concealed in Soviet historiography and deliberately misrepresented by Zhukov himself. Glantz's indispensable account, fundamentally important for a proper understanding of the Soviet-German front in late 1942, rescues Operation Mars from such terrible oblivion."--John Erickson, author of The Road to Stalingrad

"Redressing a major imbalance in the historical record, Glantz does a remarkable job of unearthing the Soviet side of Operation Mars. This book is well worth reading for anyone interested in the Soviet Union's monumental struggles in World War II."--Roger Reese, author of Stalin's Reluctant Soldiers: A Social History of the Red Army, 1925-1941

About the Author

David M. Glantz is the author of The Battle for Leningrad, 1941–1944, Stumbling Colossus: The Red Army on the Eve of World War, Zhukov’s Greatest Defeat: The Red Army’s Epic Disaster in Operation Mars, and When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler, all published by Kansas.

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Format: Hardcover
Colonel David Glantz delivers another riveting study on the Russo-German war. Zhukov's Greatest Defeat is a study of a failed operation, attempted by the Red Army in 1942. Called Operation Mars, it was the bigger of the two great offensives planned for that year. The smaller operation was Operation Uranus, centred on Stalingrad. Operation Mars, centred on the Rzhev salient, was designed to first crush the German forces there and then to lead to the destruction of the German Army Group Centre. Operation Mars had more men, tanks and artillery assigned to it than Uranus. Once the offensives started, their courses diverged. Operation Uranus led to the encirclement of the German Sixth Army in Stalingrad, whilst Mars became a meatgrinder. Colonel Glantz sets the strategic scene, describes the preparations for the offensive and then describes the battles that made up Mars. The frustrations, complications, problems, courage of both sides and carnage are laid bare. In just over three weeks, the Red Army lost something like 300,000 men, hurling them against fixed, well-built, defences. Looming over all of this is Marshal Zhukov; bullying, cajoling, impatient for success, envious of his comrades' achievements and seeking to destroy the Fascist invader and the perceived menace to Moscow. This operation was his brainchild and he wanted it to succeed. Nothing could be allowed to get in the way - least of all the Germans. Throughout the book many well-known names crop up - Solomatin, Katukov, Model and Harpe to name a few. As the offensive had failed, the Soviet State swept it under the carpet. The courage and sacrifice of their soldiers was ignored. Only now has the operation been revealed. Overall, this is a very good book and deserves a place on anyone's shelf whose grasp of world war two history extends further than Normandy.
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Format: Paperback
I really like this book. In it David Glantz does wat he does at his best. And that's to write about events on the Eastern Front in a level of detail that is unsurpassed. This is especially so for the Soviet side, with Mr. Glantz having had access to many Soviet sources.
What makes the book so good is that in it Mr. Glantz has digested all this source material and transformed it into a very exiting account of events. By going down to the level of small units, and taking things like the weather into account, the storyline reads like a novel. And to make sure the reader doesn't lose track of the bigger picture, the story is devided into manageble chapters. The front is devided into separate sectors, and each of these get treated in detail. For every sector events over a couple of days are described before going on to the next. This makes it easy to understand what's going on, and after having rotated through the different sectors a couple of times it became second nature to me to know where events were taking place.
What's also very helpful is that the maps included in this book are very clear. This is not always the case with Mr. Glantz' books, because sometimes the maps are photocopy-like in appearance, and this makes them very unclear. In this case however the maps are specially made, and printed very clearly in grey, with Soviet unit-numbers printed in white, and German numbers in black. Some of the maps are of a very small portion of the overall battlefield, but by referring back to larger scale maps I could easily find where the different towns and villages were to be found. Also included are a number of photo's, but these are not as clear as could be the case. That in no way distracts from the overall impression of quality though.
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The book is a little hard going at first, but it rewards perseverance. It becomes engrossing after the first few dozen pages, and the author's research is absolutely astounding, when one considers that very little (if anything at all) is actually written about this war in other more popular works concerning the eastern front during WW2. Information about the battle that was fought at exactly the same time as this one, namely the battle of Stalingrad is easy to obtain. If however, the enquiring reader wishes to know what was happening in other sectors of the eastern front during the Stalingrad battle, then this is surely the book to read. The book is very detailed, but lots of maps are provided for assistance. Well recommended for the more serious WW2 enthusiast.
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Having a interest in military history and having read one battle after another you always find references to other theatres outside the one your reading. I've read the period of summer through to Winter 1942 in the East and it always heads south to Karkhov and straight to that City on the Volga with sub notes to supposedly lesser strikes in the North to alleviate pressure on the southern front. A way of drawing off the reserves of your attacker.

Now when you look at the rise of Field Marshall Model from commander of 3rd Panzer Division in 1941 to the ''fuhrer's fireman'' by 1944 you kind of get the impression that Model's 9th Army was not just defending against minor and secondary attacks attacks prior to the withdrawal from the Rzhev salient to the North of Kursk around Orel. That's another story, both before and after the Battle of Kursk. here we have Mars.

The entire summer of 42 around Rzhev area is a very large Red Army graveyard pock marked with German Crosses. Come the winter and we have the big hits of the North and South. This was one big hit and if it had worked Red banners would have been flying over Berlin come summer 1944 as Army Group Centre would have collapsed in the storm Jupiter would put forth post Mars and Uranus with Operation Saturn following up Uranus in the South. Manstein Counterstroke at Karkhov would have been a stabilising operation on a potential retreat to the Dneiper instead as the Army Groups South and Centre fought for there lives. Lets face it the Southern strikes got as far North as smashing up the 2nd German army, would 3rd Panzer and 4th have faired any better? post he loss of the 9th Army.

This is one very good read, highly detailed and in depth about a defensive victory and a offensive failure. The ramifications speak for themselves. Just open up and start reading and see what you think, the guns are not silent and the pressure is relentless. I Recommend.
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