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Revised and updated to reflect recent Russian and Western scholarship on the subject, this new edition maintains the 1995 original's distinction as a crucial volume in the history of World War II and of the Soviet Union and the most informed and compelling perspective on one of the greatest military confrontations of all time.

In 1941, when Pearl Harbor shattered America's peacetime pretensions, the German blitzkrieg had already blasted the Red Army back to Moscow. Yet, less than four years later, the Soviet hammer-and-sickle flew above the ruins of Berlin, stark symbol of a miraculous comeback that destroyed the Germany Army and put an end to Hitler's imperial designs. Drawing on the massive and unprecedented release of Soviet archival documents, David Glantz and noted military historian Jonathan House expand and elaborate our picture of the Soviet war effort.

Rafts of newly available official directives, orders, and reports reveal the true nature and extraordinary scale of Soviet military operations as they swept across the 1,000 miles from Moscow to Berlin, featuring stubborn defenses and monumental offensives and counteroffensives and ultimately costing the two sides combined a staggering 20 million casualties.

©2015 the University Press of Kansas (P)2022 Tantor
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The largest conflict in human history

If you separate the German Russian war or Eastern front of 41-45 of WW2 it would be larger than all other theatres combined and taken alone the largest war in terms of casualties and sheer size and numbers of forces involved in human history. To cover this expansive conflict in a single volume seems a Herculean task, but the author manages to do it In a way that the reader with a reasonable working knowledge of the major players and locations of the leaders battles and fronts will be able to Follow without being drowned in the details. I suggest purchasing the book to be able to Look at the maps as the constant references to battle divisions armies and movements requires some visuals for most. I thought it was an excellent history and will likely listen again int he future as I don’t think one listen through was enough

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Decent

Bizarre that narrator mispronounced German and even English words but still a great read, highly recommended objective piece of history

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Obnoxious enunciations are obnoxious

Waited a month to spend a credit on this and the natator is very unenjoyable, comical actually, which is not good for the serious work he's butchering with overenunciations, unusual enunciations, and breathing noises. Do not recommended if looking for a serious reading.

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Good, very detailed operational overview

This Glantz/House volume is typical of their extremely detailed orders of battle and unit movement and participation in WWII theaters. Great use of source material to provide a narrative summary of the German-Soviet theater during WWII. Provides a good chronology for those new to this aspect of WWII. Best to follow the narrative with maps -- lots of maps -- to best understand the many moving parts of the four-year struggle on this sprawling front.

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  • 06-05-22

Great content, comical pronounciation

This is the best treatment of the Eastern Front I'm aware of.
The narrator's pronunciation was well into 'so bad it's good' territory. The highlight was Ardennes being pronounced something "Ar-de-Nez", but Konev and Vistula were also mangled.

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  • 03-24-22

Give me Dan Carlin, please.

Just for the record, I love history, particularly military history, and I suppose that I was expecting something gripping, gut wrenching and memorable like Dan Carlin’s recounting of the Ostfront.
I gave up on this after 4 hours because it is boring and monotonous, and and everything that a history should not be. Particularly a history of such a momentous event.
Sorry. But give me Dan Carlin. Please.