When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler Paperback – Dec 1 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
Until now the Soviet-German conflict of WWII has been told largely from the German point of view. This authoritative account, based on newly released Soviet studies, emphasizes the Russian version of events. It reveals, to a greater degree than previously known, how unprepared the Red Army was and how the leadership gradually gained in competence during the Moscow and Stalingrad campaigns. The authors describe how the Werhmacht eventually lost the ability to conduct a general offensive on a wide front while the Soviets learned to focus overwhelming force on a narrow front such as the Kursk salient, where the Red Army finally seized the initiative. The book conveys the colossal scope and scale of the five-year struggle and puts the military aspect in a wider perspective, showing, for example, how the Red Army's defense against the invasion gave the Communist leadership legitimacy. Glantz is an editor of the Journal of Slavic Military Studies; House teaches history at Gordon College in Georgia. Photos.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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"When Titans Clashed represents by all and any reckoning a book whose time has come. The authors' clear and vigorous narrative leaves no doubt about the key decisions and the critical encounters in these massive engagements."--John Erickson, author of The Road to Stalingrad
"A compelling narrative of an epic conflict. No other work has answered with greater authority the lingering historical question--how did the Red Army defeat Nazi Germany?"--Von Hardesty, author of Red Phoenix: The Rise of Soviet Air Power, 1941-1945
"Exceptionally authoritative and exceptionally readable. The cogent assessments of Red Army commanders are not to be missed."--Russell F. Weigley, author of The American Way of War
"Certain to become the standard reference on the most important campaign of the Second World War."--Richard R. Muller, author of The German Air War in Russia
"Corrects longstanding misconceptions and puts a human 'face' on the 'faceless' Soviet army."--O. A. Rzheshevsky, Chief, Department for Studies of the Twentieth-Century Wars, Institute of World History, Moscow
"Indispensable."--Dale R. Herspring, author of The Soviet High Command, 1967-1989See all Product Description
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Small can be good. However, it soon becomes apparent that the text forms a mere guide as to the movements of Armies, Corps and the names of the Generals commanding them. Therefore, for the reader looking for strategic OOB research material this book may assist you greatly. Yet, for the reader looking for the why's and wherefore's of the campaign - the how's as to the methods used to cram armies into 5 kilometer frontages, switching them from point to point, the logistics of supplying them and of fighting within the mud and snow, little is offered here.
Readers are provided with a comfortable introduction as to the make-up and formation of the German and Red Armies leading to Barbarossa's start. Yet, repetition becomes a common trait and a few typos do creep in - mainly noticable to those making the effort to follow occurences across the various Soviet Fronts. On this point, whilst thankfully this text does provide maps, these are few and far between. To genuinely keep in pace with the narrative, a secondary map source is highly recommended.
In summary, a mediocre text that provides an overview of the entire Russian Campaign but I'm inclined to suggest that for the novice to mid level historian/researcher, Osprey's Ost Front or similar such basic coverages, will provide an even greater insight. Experienced historians may find merit in this text's constant recitation of commanders' names. For those wishing to understand the suffering and daring of the war's participants, the grit of operational action - definitely look elsewhere. In this text the crucial, January 1942 to December 1943 flies by.
"When Titans Clashed" is a book that has already been dissected in every possible way, and is, if not a clear-cut best seller, definitely a popular. So I'll just underline the three main reasons why it a mandatory text for anyone even remotely interested in the subject, the first being that colonel Glantz does his own job, and not someone else's. In other words, he's a military expert, and this is an operational, and not political, social or human dissection of the conflict. Richard Overy's "Russia's War" aimed at being all that, and failed. Sticking to his guns, Glantz gives to this (not too big) book a greater level of detail,. Of course, we still need a good political, human and social history of the war - while Robert Thurston's "The People's War : Responses to World War II in the Soviet Union" is a fine social study of wartime Russia, it may be a bit too difficult for the casual reader. But Glantz's focus was on military operation, and this book is just that - a military history.
Second. Glantz comes from old guard: i.e., he works mainly on primary/archival sources, and he knows how to separate gold from garbage. WWII history is a tricky business, and Eastern History (given the political sensitivity of the campaign's outcome) is even more so.Read more ›
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At first glance, this book by Glantz may seem dry as dust and a wee bit technical. It is. However, the author manages to keep the reader intrested by shedding a new light on the... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2003 by mathieu laine
I was looking for something like David Irving's Seminal work Hitler's war but from Stalis perspective. Read morePublished on June 14 2003 by rafe
David M. Glantz and Jonathan House argue that the Red Army defeated the forces of Nazi Germany because of the superior combat effectiveness of its forces. Read morePublished on March 12 2003 by Gregory Canellis
This is in one word an excellent work shedding light on the Russian (Soviet) contribution to the defeat of fascism. Read morePublished on May 9 2002 by DICK
The Russians - is the answer of two American military historians. American and British contribution was large and important (and the authors correctly stress that), but the... Read morePublished on Dec 28 2001 by Igor Biryukov
If you're tired of histories of the Russo-German conflict that rely heavily on German generals' memoirs, here's the "evil twin"! Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2001 by Jim Reed