Barbarossa The Russian-German Conflict, 1941-1945

ISBN-10: 0688042686
ISBN-13: 9780688042684
Edition: Reprint 
Authors: Alan Clark
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Description: On June 22, 1941, before dawn, German tanks and guns began firing across the Russian border. It was the beginning of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, one of the most brutal campaigns in the history of warfare. Four years later, the victorious Red Army  More...

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List price: $18.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 6/25/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

On June 22, 1941, before dawn, German tanks and guns began firing across the Russian border. It was the beginning of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, one of the most brutal campaigns in the history of warfare. Four years later, the victorious Red Army has suffered a loss of seven million lives. Alan Clark's incisive analysis succeeds in explaining how a fighting force that in one two-month period lost two million men was nevertheless able to rally to defeat the Wehrmacht. The Barbarossa campaign included some of the greatest episodes in military history: the futile attack on Moscow in the winter of 1941-42, the siege of Stalingrad, the great Russian offensive beginning in 1944 that would lead the Red Army to the historic meeting with the Americans at the Elbe and on to victory in Berlin. Barbarossa is a classic of miltary history. This paperback edition contains a new preface by the author.

Alan Clark was born in 1928. A British Conservative MP and diarist, Clark is perhaps best known from the years that he served as a junior minister in Margaret Thatcher's governments at the Departments of Employment, Trade, and Defence, and in the Privy Council. Despite being a slightly controversial character politically, he wrote throughout his life and parts of his diaries were published and subsequently televised. He was the author of several books of military history, including his controversial work The Donkeys (1961), which is considered to have inspired the musical satire, Oh, What a Lovely War!, and Aces High, The War in the Air Over the Western Front 1914-18 (1973). Clark died in 1999.

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Author's Note
Preface
The "Eastern Marshals"
The State of the Wehrmacht
Mother Russia
The Clash of Arms
The First Crisis
The Lotzen Decision
Leningrad: Hypothesis and Reality
Slaughter in the Ukraine
The Start of the Moscow Offensive
The Battle of Moscow
Stalingrad
Planning and Preliminaries
The Wehrmacht at High Tide
Verdun on the Volga
The Entombment of the 6th Army
The Advent of General von Manstein
Zitadelle
Crisis and Recovery
The "Consolidation Period"
The Greatest Tank Battle in History
The Aftermath
Nemesis
"The Floodgates Are Creaking"
Eastern Europe Changes Hands
Black January
The Fall of Berlin
Epilogue
Appendices
Facts about the Russian and German Leaders
Chronology
Waffen SS Rank Conversion Table
Glossary of Abbreviations
Text of Fuhrer Directive #34
Bibliography
Note on Sources
Index

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