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When Titans Clashed

Author : David M. Glantz
ISBN : 0700621202
Genre : History
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On first publication, this uncommonly concise and readable account of Soviet Russia's clash with Nazi Germany utterly changed our understanding of World War II on Germany's Eastern Front, immediately earning its place among top-shelf histories of the world war. Revised and updated to reflect recent Russian and Western scholarship on the subject, much of it the authors' own work, 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. In swift and stirring prose, When Titans Clash provides the clearest, most complete account of this epic struggle, especially from the Soviet perspective. Drawing on the massive and unprecedented release of Soviet archival documents in recent decades, David Glantz, one of the world's foremost authorities on the Soviet military, and noted military historian Jonathan House expand and elaborate our picture of the Soviet war effort—a picture sharply different from accounts that emphasize Hitler's failed leadership over Soviet strategy and might. 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 one thousand miles from Moscow to Berlin, featuring stubborn defenses and monumental offensives and counteroffensives and ultimately costing the two sides combined a staggering twenty million casualties. Placing the war within its wider context, the authors also make use of recent revelations to clarify further the political, economic, and social issues that influenced and reflected what happened on the battlefield. Their work gives us new insight into Stalin's political motivation and Adolf Hitler's role as warlord, as well as a better understanding of the human and economic costs of the war—for both the Soviet Union and Germany. While incorporating a wealth of new information, When Titans Clashed remains remarkably compact, a tribute to the authors' determination to make this critical chapter in world history as accessible as it is essential.

Endurance And War

Author : Jasen J. Castillo
ISBN : 9780804790727
Genre : Political Science
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Scholars and military practitioners alike have long sought to understand why some country's militaries fight hard when facing defeat while others collapse. In Endurance and War, Jasen Castillo presents a new unifying theory—cohesion theory—to explain why national militaries differ in their staying power. His argument builds on insights from the literatures on group solidarity in general and military effectiveness in particular, which argue that the stronger the ties binding together individuals in a group of any kind, the higher the degree of cohesion that a group will exhibit when taking collective action, including fighting in war. Specifically, he argues that two types of ties determine the cohesion, and therefore the resilience, of a nation's armed forces during war: the degree of control a regime holds over its citizens and the amount of autonomy the armed forces possess to focus on training for warfighting. Understanding why armed forces differ in their cohesion should help U.S. military planners better assess the military capabilities of potential adversaries, like Iran and North Korea. For scholars of international politics, cohesion theory can help provide insights into how countries create military power and how they win wars.


Author : Stephen Fritz
ISBN : 9780813134178
Genre : History
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On June 22, 1941, Germany launched the greatest land assault in history on the Soviet Union, an attack that Adolf Hitler deemed crucial to ensure German economic and political survival. As the key theater of the war for the Germans, the eastern front consumed enormous levels of resources and accounted for 75 percent of all German casualties. Despite the significance of this campaign to Germany and to the war as a whole, few English-language publications of the last thirty-five years have addressed these pivotal events. In Ostkrieg: Hitler’s War of Extermination in the East, Stephen G. Fritz bridges the gap in scholarship by incorporating historical research from the last several decades into an accessible, comprehensive, and coherent narrative. His analysis of the Russo-German War from a German perspective covers all aspects of the eastern front, demonstrating the interrelation of military events, economic policy, resource exploitation, and racial policy that first motivated the invasion. This in-depth account challenges accepted notions about World War II and promotes greater understanding of a topic that has been neglected by historians.

Choices Under Fire

Author : Michael Bess
ISBN : 9780307494450
Genre : History
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World War II was the quintessential “good war.” It was not, however, a conflict free of moral ambiguity, painful dilemmas, and unavoidable compromises. Was the bombing of civilian populations in Germany and Japan justified? Were the Nuremberg and Tokyo war crimes trials legally scrupulous? What is the legacy bequeathed to the world by Hiroshima? With wisdom and clarity, Michael Bess brings a fresh eye to these difficult questions and others, arguing eloquently against the binaries of honor and dishonor, pride and shame, and points instead toward a nuanced reckoning with one of the most pivotal conflicts in human history. From the Trade Paperback edition.

From Axis Victories To The Turn Of The Tide

Author : Alan Levine
ISBN : 9781597977968
Genre : World War, 1939-1945
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The battles that changed the course of the war

War And The Engineers

Author : Keir Alexander Lieber
ISBN : 0801443830
Genre : Political Science
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Lieber's cases explore the military and political implications of the spread of railroads, the emergence of rifled small arms and artillery, the introduction of battle tanks, and the nuclear revolution. Lieber incorporates the new historiography of World War I, which draws on archival materials that only recently became available, to challenge many common beliefs about the conflict.

A Companion To Europe 1900 1945

Author : Gordon Martel
ISBN : 1444391674
Genre : History
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This volume brings together a distinguished group of international scholars to discuss the major debates in the study of early twentieth-century Europe. Brings together contributions from a distinguished group of international scholars. Provides an overview of current thinking on the period. Traces the great political, social and economic upheavals of the time. Illuminates perennial themes, as well as new areas of enquiry. Takes a pan-European approach, highlighting similarities and differences across nations and regions.

Russia S War

Author : Richard Overy
ISBN : 9780141925127
Genre : History
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RUSSIA'S WAR is the epic account of the greatest military encounter in human history. In a vivid, often shocking narrative, Richard Overy describes the astounding events of 1941-45 in which the Soviet Union, after initial catastrophes, destroyed Hitler's Third Reich and shaped European history for the next half Century.

By Their Deeds Alone

Author : Richard D. Hooker
ISBN : STANFORD:36105114376135
Genre : History
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• Lt. Col. Robert R. Leonhard, “Soldiers of Gideon: The Defense of the Golan, Oct. 1973”–how Israel bested a Syrian onslaught, typified by the effort of Lt. Zvi “Zwicka” Greengold, who convinced his adversaries they were up against a force of tanks, when he was armed with only one. From the Battle of Gallipoli in 1915 to the Allied chase of German forces across France in 1944 to the crippling of the Russian Army by Chechen rebels in 1995, battlefield fights and fireworks throughout the century are recounted in brilliant detail, revealing all the action–and wisdom–they have to offer, in powerful prose by military professionals. “Leadership, not machines, not doctrine, not even logistics, is the supreme element in war.” These are the words of Lt. Col. Richard Hooker, editor of By Their Deeds Alone. They describe the lesson taught by this extraordinary collection, a gripping and inspiring anthology of battle histories written by brave men who’ve been there themselves. Here are dramatic retellings and relevant interpretations of campaigns recent and remote, famous and forgotten–designed to teach tactics to today’s military leaders as well as inform and entertain any history or military buff. Ten accomplished historians–at once combat commanders and acclaimed authors–transport you to the front lines of real battles in wars from around the world, including: • Col. John Antal, “A Most Daring Enterprise: The Conquest of Fortress Singapore”–in a cautionary tale for any country facing a “weaker” foe, the Imperial Japanese Army defeats a superior force of overconfident British–and conquers the supposedly impregnable fortress of Singapore • Col. James R. McDonough, “African Holocaust: The Rwandan Civil War”–in 1994, quiet and introverted master of infiltration Paul Kagame took the nation’s capital, Kigali, with his Rwandan Patriotic Front, defeating a foreign-funded government force. • Lt. Col. Robert R. Leonhard, “Soldiers of Gideon: The Defense of the Golan, Oct. 1973”–how Israel bested a Syrian onslaught, typified by the effort of Lt. Zvi “Zwicka” Greengold, who convinced his adversaries they were up against a force of tanks, when he was armed with only one. From the Battle of Gallipoli in 1915 to the Allied chase of German forces across France in 1944 to the crippling of the Russian Army by Chechen rebels in 1995, battlefield fights and fireworks throughout the century are recounted in brilliant detail, revealing all the action–and wisdom–they have to offer, in powerful prose by military professionals.

The Storm Of War

Author : Andrew Roberts
ISBN : 9780141938868
Genre : History
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On 2 August 1944, in the wake of the complete destruction of the German Army Group Centre in Belorussia, Winston Churchill mocked Adolf Hitler in the House of Commons by the rank he had reached in the First World War. 'Russian success has been somewhat aided by the strategy of Herr Hitler, of Corporal Hitler,' Churchill jibed. 'Even military idiots find it difficult not to see some faults in his actions.' Andrew Roberts's previous book Masters and Commanders studied the creation of Allied grand strategy; Beating Corporal Hitler now analyses how Axis strategy evolved. Examining the Second World War on every front, Roberts asks whether, with a different decision-making process and a different strategy, the Axis might even have won. Were those German generals who blamed everything on Hitler after the war correct, or were they merely scapegoating their former Führer once he was safely beyond defending himself? In researching this uniquely vivid history of the Second World War Roberts has walked many of the key battlefield and wartime sites of Russia, France, Italy, Germany and the Far East. The book is full of illuminating sidelights on the principle actors that bring their characters and the ways in which they reached decisions into fresh focus.

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