This book not only tells the story of Operation Barbarossa but describes the expertise, skills, and decision-making powers of the men who directed it. This objective is massive in scope, because Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, was massive in scale, arguably the largest military operation of all time.
In the single Battle of Kiev, for example, the Red Army lost over , prisoners, and twice as many men killed as the United States lost in the entire Vietnam War. The campaign also changed the world forever. The Battle of Britain, of course, was seen as a defeat for the Luftwaffe rather than the Wehrmacht.
The German Army was still undefeated, and it was by no means clear in the spring of that German pilots would not yet finish off the United Kingdom. Barbarossa changed all of that. By the end of , Allied victory seemed to be a very real possibility. Few would have bet on it 16 or 17 months earlier.
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Pitting Germany in total war against the Soviet Union on a 1,mile front, Operation Barbarossa was truly staggering in its magnitude. Wars, however, are not fought by numbers, they are fought by men. Very often, writers stereotype German officers into two categories: Prussian gentlemen or Nazi monsters.
There were, of course, both—but there were also varying shades of gray. Ian Baxter. With extensive text and in-depth captions with many rare and unpublished photographs it is an absorbing analysis of the part they played on the Eastern Front. It reveals in detail how this elite band of men fought during the opening phase of Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia, how it supported and took part in the victory at Kharkov, Demyansk and other battles in the Soviet Union. The book reveals the Waffen-SS's role at Kursk and how it was forced to withdraw in the face of overwhelming enemy superiority and were rushed from one danger zone to another to plug gaps in the front.
Often these troops faced an enemy ten-times their strength and it was for this reason they were feared and respected by their enemy. Although by early May , the Waffen-SS was all but destroyed, having battled across half Russia and gone on to protect the withdrawals of the rest of the German Army to the very gates of Berlin. Similar ebooks. Stephen Fritz.
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I believe that true heroism lies in bearing this dreadful everyday life. Fritz provides the definitive account of the everyday war of the German front soldier. The personal documents of these soldiers, most from the Russian front, where the majority of German infantrymen saw service, paint a richly textured portrait of the Landser that illustrates the complexity and paradox of his daily life.
Although clinging to a self-image as a decent fellow, the German soldier nonetheless committed terrible crimes in the name of National Socialism. When the war was finally over, and his country lay in ruins, the Landser faced a bitter truth: all his exertions and sacrifices had been in the name of a deplorable regime that had committed unprecedented crimes. It will be vitally important for anyone interested in World War II, German history, or the experiences of common soldiers throughout the world. The Third Reich at War: Book 3. An absorbing, revelatory, and definitive account of one of the greatest tragedies in human history Adroitly blending narrative, description, and analysis, Richard J.
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