Before Stalingrad : Hitler's Invasion of Russia 1941, Paperback Book

Before Stalingrad : Hitler's Invasion of Russia 1941 Paperback

2.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Operation Barbarossaas this campaign is famously calledwas arguably the greatest land campaign mankind has ever fought.

Hitler named his assault after the 12th-century Frederick I Barbarossa, an emperor of the First Reich.

Although he succeeded in capturing almost 40 percent of European Russia, Hitler was defeated there.

Exploiting newly available Soviet archives, David M.

Glantz challenges the time-honored explanation that poor weather, bad terrain, and Hitler s faulty strategic judgement produced the German defeat.

He reveals how and why the Red Army thwarted Hitler s seemingly inexorable progress."


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 319 pages, 60 illustrations
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780752426921



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This is a very dry account of the first six months of Russia's war following the Nazi invasion of June 1941. The author, an academic historian with a military background, is very preoccupied with military nomenclature, i.e. recounting exactly which parts of the army were facing specific parts of the opposing army at a certain time. There is a role for this sort of historical analysis of course, perhaps as an aide memoire for a specialist in this area. But it does mean that the book is not really for the general reader interested in the Eastern Front and will probably disappoint those more used to the narrative drive of an Antony Beevor or Richard Overy. Each chapter has a summary at the end and the general reader could probably get a reasonable overall picture of the events by reading those, plus the Conclusions chapter. So overall a bit disappointing from my perspective.

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It's not a bad book. It describes in some detail who fought who where and (to some extent) why. But the maps are woeful! It's impossible to study the actions unless you have a good quality atlas at your elbow. Better maps would have earned it another star in my rating.Update: After I wrote this review, I realised that the maps in Alan Clark's "Barbarossa" are much better, even if the detail in his book is trumped by the release of Russian archival material over the past forty years. So, the answer is to read the Glantz book with "Barbarossa" open beside it.