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review Stalingrad 1942–43 (1): The German Advance to the Volga (Campaign) Stalingrad 1942–43 (1): The German Advance to the Volga (Campaign) Free read ´ 0 Robert Forczyk Ù 0 Free read The first in a three book series examining the Stalingrad campaign one of the most decisive military operations in World War II that set the stage for the ultimate defeat of the Third ReichAfter failing to defeat the Soviet Union with Operation Barbarossa in 1941 Adolf Hitler planned a new campaign for the summer of 1942 that was intended to achieve a decisive victory Operation Blue Case Blau In this new campaign Hitler directed that one army group Heeresgruppe A would advance to seize the. Osprey f r Informationen im historischen Bereich sehr zu empfehlen ualit t der B cher sind super

review Stalingrad 1942–43 (1): The German Advance to the Volga (Campaign)

Stalingrad 1942–43 (1): The German Advance to the Volga (Campaign)

review Stalingrad 1942–43 (1): The German Advance to the Volga (Campaign) Stalingrad 1942–43 (1): The German Advance to the Volga (Campaign) Free read ´ 0 Robert Forczyk Ù 0 Free read Soviet oilfields in the Caucasus while the other Heeresgruppe B pushed on to the Volga RiverThe expectation was for a rapid victory instead German forces had to fight hard just to reach the outskirts of Stalingrad and then found themselves embroiled in a protracted urban battle amid the ruins of a devastated city on the Volga The Soviet Red Army was hit hard by the initial German offensive but held onto the city and then launched Operation Uranus a winter counteroffensive that encircled t. Any review of this book would have to start off by stating that this book is part of Osprey Publishing s Campaign series For the uninitiated books in this series are relatively short at only about 96 pages A significant portion unscientifically and roughly about a uarter to a third of these pages include illustrations of one type or another ie maps contemporary photographs of euipment and leading personalities etc Hence if one is looking for an academic tome on the subject this is not it If that is what the reader is looking for this reviewer recommends Dr David Glantz s To the Gates of Stalingrad Soviet German Combat Operations April August 1942 Modern War Studies This book is written by a Professor at the US War College at Carlyle PA and is a encyclopedic approximately 700 pages in length Due to the differences in book sizes it would not be fair to compare this book to Dr Forcyzk s Stalingrad 1942 43 The German Advance to the Volga The relevant uestion should really be how well does the book does in term of the limitations imposed by its format The answer is very very well It is very well researched the author makes extensive use of original German language documents not just secondary sources as so many books in this Osprey series do It also covers a gap in the literature There is no shortage of books on the actual battle of Stalingrad itself and not too few on the post Stalingrad Soviet push and German relief efforts but unfortunately there are not many that cover the operation from the beginning of operation Blue to the gates of Stalingrad the second edition of this book yet to be published will cover the actual battle in Stalingrad itselfThe book itself like all Osprey series Campaign books has various short chapters on setting up the strategic position of both sides before the campaign opposing commanders opposing forces opposing plans how the actual campaign itself played out and a concluding analysis In the chapter setting up the battle Dr Forczyk discusses the strategic options available to the Germans especially considering the fact that their options by this of this stage of the war due to limited resources could only cover one major thrust along one axis instead of everywhere like in Barbarossa Leningrad was dropped from consideration as a victory there would not change the strategic picture of the war Moscow was excluded as it would only lead to Russian military losses and would be the hardest nut to crack as that is where the Soviet Union was expecting to be attacked The Southern Front was eventually chosen as it was expected to yield not only major Soviet losses but the losses of important economic assets such as factories and oil fields nearly all Soviet oil production was there and a large part of industrial military production The Soviet Union on the other hand ironically did not have any strategic plan hard to believe but Dr Forcyzk makes this argument well It did however have the wisdom to create a valuable strategic reserveWith respect to leadership Hitler had started to micromanage a lot than he did in the past and just as badly chose leaders like Weichs who albeit competent were not very aggressive Paulus also left much to be desired as was a staff officer and never a commanded even an Army or Corps in the field From the Soviet perspective the original leaders in place were uite mediocre though Stalin would end up picking better able ones as the campaign progressed The changes of high level leadership occurred however during critical moments and probably made things worse on the ground than otherwise would be the case at least in the short runThe forces were also discussed In short the Germans were better in terms of uality of men and lower level officers and NCOs but in terms of uality of tanks they were far behind The Soviets had many T 34s and KV 1s than the Germans had long barreled Pz III and IVs The narrative of the battle then is put forth Very good in terms of what transpired in terms of gains and losses with the Soviet s having than ten times the losses of the GermansLastly the author concludes with the Analysis chapter He concludes first page in Analysis chapter Hitler s ambition to achieve a decisive operational level success in southern Russia was frustrated by logistical problems at the front than any other factor Time and again German mechanized spearheads were brought to a halt by fuel and ammunition shortages just as opportunities for decisive success presented themselves With respect to the Soviets their early performance was uninspiring a bit of an understatement but their performance did improve over timeAll and all an excellent book in terms of research and being able by being well written to overcome the problems imposed by the format especially the too short length The book does though have a few weaknesses One is that it lacks extensive footnotes like all books in this Osprey series which is uite a shame considering the research that went into the book The publisher does uite a disservice to both the author and the reader hope someone from Osprey Publishing is reading this A second problem at least in the Kindle edition for Google is that the 3 D topological maps are far too small and there is no way to magnify them If one is able to overlook these two relatively minor weaknesses a five star book Considering the book s other positives this is easy to do however

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review Stalingrad 1942–43 (1): The German Advance to the Volga (Campaign) Stalingrad 1942–43 (1): The German Advance to the Volga (Campaign) Free read ´ 0 Robert Forczyk Ù 0 Free read He German 6 Armee at Stalingrad Despite a desperate German relief operation the Red Army eventually crushed the German forces and hurled the remnants of the German southern front back in disorderThis first volume in the Stalingrad trilogy covers the period from 28 June to 11 September 1942 including operations around Voronezh The fighting in the Don Bend which lasted weeks comprised some of the largest tank battles of World War II involvingarmor than the tanks employed at Prokhorovka in 19. This is the first volume of a trilogy that will cover the entire Stalingrad campaign from June 1942 until February 1943 and it deals with Fall Blau and the Axis advance to the Volga It is an immense undertaking from Dr Forczyk and he is following about the same route as the D Glantz trilogy with five volumes which was published some years agoSince other reviewers already described the book and the Osprey books format is well known I will make just a few remarks These observations are somehow a hallmark in the majority of Western studies and concern Germany s ally s participation on the Eastern FrontFirstly I noticed no reference to the Italian Hungarian Romanian commanders involved in the initial operations This is not a singular omission in his previous books about The Kuban 1943 and The Caucasus 1942 43 Slovak and Romanian troops were barely mentioned Dr Forczyk offered no reference about other Axis commanders so personally I was not surprised D Glantz offered no perspective from the Romanian side in his trilogy excusing that he found just ONE book in EnglishSecondly despite some references about the presence of the Romanian troops 6th Army Corps with four divisions at the beginning of the offensive and even later during the Axis advance in the Don Chir p 65 80 area we have no presentation of these forces in section analyzing Axis forces alongside with Italian and Hungarian troops Even when these forces entered the battle in July 1942 their battles and contribution is less than 5% of what WE do know about these operations Same issues with the losses of all Axis forcesOf course we cannot compare the magnitude of German effort and accomplishments with their Allies much modest contribution But sadly I see that their effort and sacrifices received so little attention in so many books and that made me outline this methodical historical gap sOtherwise Dr Forczyk s book receives high marks for combat analysis and I am sure that his trilogy will show the same standard