• Kiev 1941

  • Hitler's Battle for Supremacy in the East
  • By: David Stahel
  • Narrated by: Matthew Waterson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (162 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In just four weeks in the summer of 1941 the German Wehrmacht wrought unprecedented destruction on four Soviet armies, conquering central Ukraine and killing or capturing three quarters of a million men. This was the Battle of Kiev - one of the largest and most decisive battles of World War II and, for Hitler and Stalin, a battle of crucial importance. For the first time, David Stahel charts the battle's dramatic course and aftermath, uncovering the irreplaceable losses suffered by Germany's "panzer groups" despite their battlefield gains, and the implications of these losses for the German war effort. He illuminates the inner workings of the German army, as well as the experiences of ordinary soldiers, showing that with the Russian winter looming and Soviet resistance still unbroken, victory came at huge cost and confirmed the turning point in Germany's war in the East.

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The book you must read on Hitler's War with Russia

I have studied the war on Russia by Hitler for almost 50 years. what more could there be that I could discover? that's what I thought when I bought this book. I thought it would be a good solid refreshment of what I already knew. What is discovered was how little I knew about Hitler's war against Russia. I had my own Mantra as to what happened and how it happened. what I discovered was the pitiful historical records that my studies rested upon. this book is a must read. it will show you once and for all that Hitler's defeat did not happen in the second or third year of his war with Russia but on the contrary Germany began losing in 1941. read it and be refreshed!

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Excellent Explanation of Kiev Battle.

Narration: Clear

Content: A valuable addition to the Russian-German front. Imparts a fresh, detailed appreciation for how important this battle was to Russia's ultimate victory, although it was a tactical victory for the Germans.

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Good recap

I loved the other side view which is showing the problems with Nazi strategy in USSR. What am I missing is more talk about Soviet blunders to put them in the context with the German mistakes

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Excellent Synopsis of the Eastern Front

David Stahel leaves no stone unturned in this book. It's very detailed, to the point where if the reader doesn't play close attention, it's very easy to get lost. That's not a bad thing, because there is so much important information in this book. In the end this book is about hubris and Hitler's impulsive gamble to conquer Russia and i's neighboring territories. It's about two dictators, Hitler and Stalin and the bloody sacrifice of two armies. What appears as a victory for the Germans was really a pounding that the Germans never saw coming, nor prepared for.

Also, the Russians never get any credit for wearing the SS. Most often, the credit goes to the Allies in the west. But had it not been for the strange bedfellow that is Russia and the Red Army, Hitler might not have been able to be stopped in 1945. And undoubtedly, "Kiev 1941" proves that Hitler's gamble for the East was ultimately a disaster.

Matthew Waterson's narration is spectacular. He has the perfect cadence. Bravo on this most wonderful book.

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A fascinating story

A very insightful study of the German and Soviet forces opposing each other in this campaign.

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A timely reminder of the dangers of unrealistic optimism

An astute and evidence-based assessment of the events around the Battle of Kiev, a human-rights tragedy of astounding proportions. TV documentaries may breathlessly praise the daring and power of Hitler’s decision to risk a battle at Kiev. But as David Stahel points out, this decision was entirely divorced from any sustainable strategy. Stalin’s stubborn and inhumane insistence on directing tactics was in fact the real “genius” of the Nazi victory.
Although it’s not the focus of the book, Stahel does shine a light on the crimes against humanity committed by the Nazi rank and file, as well as by their officers, and how the fascist philosophy blinded its adherents to the realities of the challenges they were facing. I would have liked to learn more about the experiences of the civilian population. The people of Ukraine are mentioned only as victims of Nazi crimes, rather than real people with culture and agency.
Two stars for the reader. I’ll avoid any books read by this guy. Stultifying intonation, toe-curlingly bad mispronunciations of German words. He diminished my enjoyment of an otherwise good book.

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A course on WW2 Eastern Front

This book contains a vast amount of data to explain the cost in human lives during Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union.

Highly recommended!

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Quite well done!!!!

Great narrator and story. Definitely will read more of David Stahel’s books, whether audio or hard copy.

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Very dull

I love WW2 books, and history books in general - but this one is a ZZZZzzzzz'er. It's just dull. There's no story, this is not a narrative history, it's just here's what people said happened and here's what happened according to the Soviets. There's no flow to the book and it reads like a history book you'd have read in high school - which is an insult in case you don't know. The information seems fine, but having read so many WW2 books there really isn't anything new here, and it doesn't really cover the event the from the beginning to the end, the way I figured it would.

I love WW2 and have literally read hundreds of WW2 books - this one is just dull. Maybe if I knew nothing about the subject it might be a bit better, but again it's not a narrative history and it doesn't try to tell a story, it's just information. It's not by any means the worst thing I've heard and seems accurate, I just wish the author was a dramatically better story teller.

Narration was fine - it's just a straight professional reading, no voice acting or anything - not that any would be appropriate or called for here.

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No maps!!

This is an outstanding study of the Eastern Front by a true master of the issues. However it is not complete with the maps and charts if the print volume. It is beyond comprehension why Audible does not include a PDF of maps etc. without which the story can be difficult to comprehend.

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  • Stewart F
  • 08-22-20

Not vivid

Tells the story but not in a vivid or gripping way. Very much written from the strategic and operational level.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-19

Overly Germany-pessimistic but really good

Biased towards German hopelessness, for example when first allocating a considerable portion of the book to explaining why and how 1941's Barbarossa constituted the only hope of the Wehrmacht of dealing a decisive blow to the Red Army (due to among many other things the unsustainability of the truck situation and therefore German mobility) the author then continues to criticize the generals for giving it their all. The inconsistency of this narrative leads me to guess that anti-German bias is present in the author's work. Otherwise really detailed and great in its presentation of the battle. Also, the way Guderian is portrayed as unprofessional and rude while this is completely absent in the work of many others, only reinforces my doubts about the complete impartiality of the author. top notch book despite these shortcomings.

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  • FIR1er
  • 06-28-22

Worth your time

Balanced information from both sides - Germans definitely bit off more than they could handle and the Soviet tactics then evolved.