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Standing Fast: German Defensive Doctrine on the Russian Front During World War 2 Prewar to March 1943

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This study examines the evolution of the German Army’s defensive doctrine on the Russian Front from 1941 to 1945. It begins by reviewing prewar doctrine as expressed in German field manuals and professional journals. German defensive techniques are then traced throughout the war, with particular emphasis upon the elements of continuity in German doctrine. This doctrinal ev...more
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Published August 1st 1987 by United States Government Printing
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Dean Marquis
this is a must have book by anyone interested in the period. it had defensive doctrine on the eastern front. it has lots of pictures. it has diagrams on the elastic defense. it has diagrams on how the attack was dismantled. it even has a infantry manuel from the time showing that the good german soldier should jump on a russian tank and dump gasoline on it as an AT defense.
i only wished that the rest of the war was included.
P.
Quite an interesting scholarly take on the problems of German defensive tactics on the Eastern front. Not content with generalities, this delves into citations from divisional and even regimental histories to present staff accounts of what was really happening at a battalion level during e.g. the ferocious Soviet '41-42 winter offensive. This work really changed how I think about the Eastern front, and about the efficiency of German command practices during the second world war. Highly recommend...more
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