The Road to Stalingrad: Stalin`s War with Germany by John EricksonIn this first volume of John Erickson’s monumental history of the grueling Soviet-German war of 1941–1945, the author takes us from the pre-invasion Soviet Union, with its inept command structures and strategic delusions, to the humiliating retreats of Soviet armies before the Barbarossa onslaught, to the climactic, grinding battle for Stalingrad that left the Red Army poised for its majestic counteroffensive.
“Erickson. . . has written the outstanding history of the Soviet-German war in English, or, for that matter, any language. The research alone is breathtaking. Erickson has mastered all the Russian sources and compared them with the German records. . . . He has shed light on many heretofore murky matters.”—Reid Beddow, Washington Post Book World
“Masterly. . . . A vividly detailed yet comprehensive account of the decisive Eastern-front battleground.”—Christopher Hudson, London Evening Standard
“The outstanding book on the Soviet war in any language.”—A. J. P. Taylor, Observer
“This authoritative book by a first-class military historian is easily read.”—Philip Warner, Daily Telegraph
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The Road to Stalingrad: Stalin`s War with Germany
Andrew Cockburn writes on defence from Washington DC. His most recent book is Rumsfeld: An American Disaster. This achievement must be considered one of the most extraordinary in military history, for at the outset the Russians were caught completely by surprise and almost completely unprepared. Most of their professional military leadership had recently been consigned to the firing squad or labour camps, and had been replaced by incompetent time-servers. Yet by the Soviet Union had trained new commanders and had rebuilt its industrial machine, far behind the lines, in greater strength than before. It was the British war effort that had become the sideshow.
Thank you! A first-rate work by a British expert on Soviet military affairs. Erickson investigates the nature of command decisions, the character of economic performance--the overall ""Soviet style of war. Erickson examines the army purges, the Finnish war humiliation, and the hideous failure of Stalin to prepare for or even accept the possibility of a Nazi attack; the book thus penetrates the provincial paranoia of Stalin and his confidants, many of whom he disastrously deployed as military commanders. The worst of his cronies was perhaps Voroshilov, who opposed mechanization of the armed forces, but the ultimate blame was Stalin's; like a local mufti, he hoped to buy off Hitler with gifts, and continued to deliver raw materials to Germany even after Operation Barbarossa was launched against the USSR. The Kremlin notwithstanding, World War II elicited extraordinary leadership in the Soviet ranks, and the four-month fight at Stalingrad--the largest battle ever fought--became the classic example.
His two best-known books — The Road to Stalingrad and The Road to Berlin — dealt with the Soviet response to the German invasion of the Soviet Union, covering the period from to He was respected for his knowledge of Russia during the Cold War. At the culmination of their courtship they sought the permission of the Yugoslav cultural attache before their wedding in Professor Erickson then taught at the universities of St Andrews in , Manchester in and then Indiana in before becoming a reader in higher defence studies at Edinburgh in In he became Professor of Defence Studies, a position he held until , where he founded and was the head of the Centre for Defence Studies. The purpose of the meetings were to allow face-to-face dialogue to take place in a neutral setting.
In The Road to Stalingrad John Erickson takes us in detail from the inept command structures and strategic delusions of the pre-invasion Soviet Union, through the humiliations as her armies fell back on all fronts before the Barbarossa onslaught, until the tide turned at last in Stalingrad. Unsparingly he assesses the generals and political leaders, and analyses the confusions and wranglings within both Allied and Axis commands., Published by Phoenix Seller Rating:.
He was He had come down with a bad case of the flu and then contracted an infection, from which he died, said a friend, David M. Erickson mined exceptional personal contacts in the Soviet hierarchy and thousands of original Soviet and German documents to tell of the development of the Soviet military after the Russian Revolution and the epic victory it won on the eastern front of World War II. The historian A. Taylor called his two volumes on the Russian-German war -- ''The Road to Stalingrad,'' , and ''The Road to Berlin,'' , both published by Harper -- ''in a class by themselves, books of the first importance. Another compliment came from Soviet generals who asked him to autograph their copies.
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