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Kiev 1941

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  61 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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, Da ...more
Hardcover, 468 pages
Published October 31st 2012 by Cambridge University Press (first published October 31st 2011)
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Jan 01, 2015 Joe rated it it was amazing
When asked, "What was the most decisive battle of World War II?," most historians answer Stalingrad, Kursk, or even Normandy. David Stahl answers Kiev. He does so not for the outcome of the battle on the field ( the Germans won) but because of the outcome of the struggle between the respective dictators and their General Staffs. Hitler was warned that the diversion from the attempt to capture Moscow would not only jeopardize that city's conquest but would also be a doubtful proposition as the Ge ...more
Steven Mercatante
Nov 12, 2013 Steven Mercatante rated it it was ok
Book review by Steven Douglas Mercatante, author of Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe and editor in chief of the military history website "The Globe at War".

David Stahel's Kiev 1941 follows his 2009 work Operation Barbarossa and Germany's Defeat in the East as the second book in a trilogy ostensibly taking a fresh look at the 1941 German invasion of the Soviet Union. Had Stahel conducted a comprehensive analysis of the military operations near Kiev during th
Shawn Gordon
May 13, 2012 Shawn Gordon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: History geeks
You really have to be a WWII history enthusiast, and possibly an Eastern Front enthusiast, to enjoy this book. Fortunately, I am both. This could be called a logistical (or sustainment, in current Army parlance) perspective of the first few months of the war between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. The book goes into great detail about the cost of the early successes of the Nazi war machine. Hitler and his Generals (or at least many of his Generals) assumed that the Soviet Union would collapse ...more
Jesse Callaghan
May 01, 2015 Jesse Callaghan rated it it was amazing
It only took a chapter or two for Stahel to work his way to the top of my favourite historians. His analysis is both original and convincing. He depicts the German army as delicate sword operating on a shoe string. He also argues that the sword was effectively blunted much earlier than most other historians.
T. Fowler
Aug 03, 2013 T. Fowler rated it liked it
I had eagerly awaited reading this book but, on its arrival, was disappointed. I had wanted to know more details about the 1941 battles in the Ukraine for a long time, but didn't really find it here. The book seems to lack sufficient focus for me, spending far too much time on the strategic situation in 1941 and broader command issues facing both sides. In this way, he reminded me of historian David Glantz, whose books on the Eastern Front provide detail that you can't find elsewhere but become ...more
Steve Switzer
May 12, 2016 Steve Switzer rated it liked it
Shelves: ww2
This book expounds the thesis that basically the Wehrmacht was already a broken instrument by august 1941 due to shortage of trucks , not enough tanks poor supply lines etc.
Basically it had bitten off more than it could chew.
Well so how did the Wehrmacht kick the Russians ass until Stalingrad .
Stalin didn't draw them on across the steppes he couldn't stop them
So I really don't go for this but it s worth a read and you can make your own mind up
Gary Phillips
Jun 19, 2013 Gary Phillips rated it liked it
Broader in scope than I was expecting. It read much more like a history of Barbarossa covering the period between Smolensk and Typhoon rather than an examination of the battle itself. A lot of time spent examining Germany's logistical and manpower dilemmas on the eastern front. I would have like to seen more details about the Kiev battles and more on the Soviet side.

Overall well written and engaging.
Feb 09, 2012 Harold rated it it was amazing
Great follow to his "Operation Barbarossa and Germany's Defeat in the East." Once again, operational success fails to solve the strategic predicament.
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David Stahel was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1975, but grew up in Melbourne, Australia. He completed an honours degree in history at Monash University (1998), an MA in War Studies at King's College London (2000) and a PhD at the Humboldt University in Berlin (2007). His research focus has centered primarily on the German military in World War II and particularly Hitler's war against the Sov ...more
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