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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas; New edition edition (Dec 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700608990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700608997
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DS on June 11 2004
Format: Paperback
David Glantz is without a doubt the foremost expert on the Eastern Front (1941-45) especially after professor John Errickson passed away. Together with Jonathan House the have written a clear and extremely accurate account of the Russo-german War, with a well deserved emphasis on the soviet side (the Soviets were the victors after all!). The maps are very detailed but a little bit crowded with information. The text is excellent and blends the in depth knowledge of Glantz with the writing abilities of House. I found the appendices very useful, especially those wich cover the soviet losses during each campaign of the Great Patriotic War. One really wonders how a nation could withstand such tremendous losses and not only recover but beat desicively a hard, experienced, well armed and professional enemy like the Wehrmacht.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "garethc" on June 25 2001
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After reading many books on the subject I found "When Titans Clashed" provides far more detail on the battles during the Russian offensives post-Kursk to Berlin in 1945. These battles are covered sparingly in other books which concentrate heavily on the German victories of 1941/42 upto Stalingrad. It also dispels a lot of common misconceptions of vast Russian hordes, throwing vast manpower to be slaughtered and overrun German lines by explaining that it was common Russian military practice from 1943 onwards to feint an offensive against German strongholds and then attack with massive concentration against the most weakly defended German positions, giving the impression to the German troops and officers who faced these "human waves" that the scale of the offensives was the same across the entire front. While I have a great interest in the Eastern Front this book never really gave me an insight into how the war was fought. After reading the order of battle which consists of dozens of Russian officer's names and ranks, the endless list of regiments and armies involved in each battle you lose the sheer scale and picture of what was really taking place. Lists of casualty figures don't really tell the story. There is only a few sentences devoted to the atrocities commited (by both sides) and partisan involvement. The most frustrating part was right at the end of the book after 250 pages of explaining which Russian general was in charge of which army and of which front and against which panzer division he mentions that to the Germans war in the East was "unmitigating horror" and this is as far as he goes to giving any human element in the whole book and does not "waste" any words elaborating it.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WordJones on Nov. 19 2010
Format: Hardcover
Somewhere along the way I realized the scope of the eastern front in world war II as opposed to the western theatre operations more familiar to North American readers. Having read detailed books on Stanlingrad, Kursk and Berlin, I wanted to read a survey histroy of the whole eastern war. This book was perfect. As the title suggests, it is largely written from Soviet perspective. It is relatively detailed and thought provoking. It puts the actions taken by the major parties in perspective. It is fascinating to read about events from 70 years ago that seem impossible now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mathieu laine on Oct. 22 2003
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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 "ostfront". A fascinating read for those who enjoy military history.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Canellis on March 12 2003
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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. By adapting strategy and tactics and reforming existing command structures best suited to the nature of the war on the Eastern fronts, the Red Army instituted counter-measures that resulted in victory against the Germans. The authors refute some common theories concerning the Red Army's victory as well as Germany's defeat. The authors claim the vastness of the Russian frontier and the extreme weather conditions (a factor usually attributed to the German defeat) were equally detrimental to the Russian forces. The authors counter the theory that sheer numerical advantage the Russians enjoyed over the Germans attributed to their victory by claiming that by 1944, the Red Army too was suffering from acute manpower shortages.   The authors base their research on newly available Russian sources opened to the west in 1989. The authors conclude from these sources that the Soviet Union always held a military advantage over their western neighbors. The authors claim that during the inter-war years, the Soviet Union's doctrine consisted of an offensive strategy based on a concept known as "Deep Battle," This strategy was devised by the Russian strategists M.N. Tukhachevsky and V.K. Triandafillov. Glantz and House assert that the reason Germany enjoyed initial success in the summer of 1941, was because the Red Army was going through a transition period as a direct result of Stalin's purges of the Red officer corps in the 1930's. Contrary to previous accounts, the authors claim that the Soviets were prepared for a German invasion, yet tried to prolong a confrontation until this transition period was complete.Read more ›
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