Using an enormous range of primary sources - Soviet, German and Eastern European - John Erickson describes fighting and hardship on a scale almost unimaginable in the West. He provides a detailed narrative of all the battles on all the fronts, and also of the Soviet system of war which achieved, under maximum stress, near-impossible feats in the field and in the factories. The book also tells of the diplomatic moves and counter-moves, including the all-important conferences at Tehran and Yalta.
Comprehensive, compelling and immensely readable, it is an indispensable book for any student of the Second World War.
"All this will go down in Military History as a brilliant example of the enemy's operational art."
The Red Army defeated the Wehrmacht against all odds in one of the most dramatic battles in History. How such a miracle has been made possible ? What exactly happened each single day of this giant struggle ?
The third volume of the "Stalingrad Battle Atlas" series covers Operation Uranus, the Soviet counteroffensive which ended up with German VI Army's encirclement between Don and Volga.
It relies upon hundreds of wartime reports and recently released archival documents translated by the author. Based on the precise information these documents provide, this volume features specifically designed maps with unit positions for each day of active operations.
Synthesizing an extremely wide range of documents and information sources, this chronological atlas seeks to reach the maximal degree of precision in describing historical reality, rendering it through a standardized set of instruments: timeline, orders of battle, unit strength returns, tactical or strategic situation maps, contextual photos, quotes from key actors. It can be used as a reference manual for searchers, as well as a guide for those who want to know the basics: Who, When, Where.
In 2015 the Russian Federal Archive Agency, in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense, the Russian Historical Society and the German Historical Institute in Moscow publicly released large archival funds of Soviet and German records. This new edition of the Stalingrad Battle Atlas series thus benefits from the most substantial set of available wartime documents. This volume also icludes previously unpublished Romanian archival material.
o Latest available documents from archives
o Tactical & Strategic Maps
o Order of Battle & Strength Returns
A new perspective of the legendary battle on the Volga