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Earl F. Ziemke
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Moscow and Stalingrad

(The Russian Campaign of World War Two #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Contains 92 illustrations and 45 maps of the Russian Campaign.

A brilliant modern history of the German invasion of Russia to their bloody crushing defeat by the re-invigorated Russian forces at the siege of Stalingrad.

During 1942, the Axis advance reached its high tide on all fronts and began to ebb. Nowhere was this more true than on the Eastern Front in the Soviet Un
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Hardcover, 558 pages
Published July 1st 1989 by Hippocrene Books
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Greg Thiele
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very well written and an impressive achievement. Other reviewers are right that recent scholarship (particularly in Soviet sources) has demonstrated some of this book's shortcomings, but still worth reading. There are books that deal with individual battles and campaigns, but very few others that deal with the Russo-German War from Dec 1941 - Jan 1943 in the same scope. This book is still worth the time, despite its age and flaws.
Paul Fox
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not for the faint of heart amateur, new to the history of the war in Russia in W.W. ll. Having said that, doesn't change the fact that this is, excellent, (for its time) in depth history at it's very best. In time, others have or will write from better sources. This is not to say this isn't great history by a great historian. Those who like wanting everything in minute detail, will no doubt get that here. Those who like punchier prose and less detail might want something else. Neverthele ...more
davvid dolgin
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long and detailed history

Anyone tasing every word is commended but even skimmed in parts it provides a coherent view of the war in the east from Moscow to the turning point at Stalingrad.
Jeff Dawson
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Professor Ziemke's presentation of the facts is excellent. Of all the works I have read that are non-ficiton, this is by far the best. It was very interesting to see how the tide of the battle for Moscow could have turned into a disaster for the Wehrmacht and Hitler. Hitlers constant interference and self-loathing of his Generals clouded good sound military judgement. Staling too was plagued with same problems (which he corrected in late 42).

His presentation of facts places the reader right in
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Kris
Jun 21, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a slogged but that mostly had to do with reading it only on my computer as it was a free PDF book. This book was written by the US Army and is an official history of the war on the Eastern Front in WWII. It was done because of all the new source material that came availble in the 80's after the fall of the Soviet Union. The book it self is a dry recitation of the events and if you want a more detailed idea of how the war happen on the eastern front in WWII it is worth the push to get th ...more
Eric Walters
May 13, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a marvelous volume in its day but Great Patriotic War scholarship (particularly that of David Glantz and David Stahel) have long since passed it by. Sorely in need of a second edition/update/revision. Quite readable, but reflects the perspectives of the German sources available to the author.
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Again Hitler proved to be the fool of fools followed by fools
Shalav Kumar
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Comprehensive

I was looking for a detailed history of the War in the Eastern Front. Documentaries had piqued my curiosity and didn't provide enough detail.

This book has a very thorough overview of the campaign from June 1941 through February 1943. I enjoyed reading this.

PS: This version has maps (essential for a work of this type).
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Earl Frederick Ziemke was an American military historian whose work was mainly on World War II and especially the Soviet-German clash in Eastern Europe.

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