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Karas be gėlių. Barbarosos operacija 1941-1942

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Remdamasis vokiečių dienoraščiais, pokariniais atsiminimais, laiškais, slaptomis SS bylomis ir kitais šaltiniais, autorius apžvelgia „Barbarosos" operaciją (1941-1942) daugiausia iš paprastų vokiečių kareivių ir jaunesniųjų karininkų perspektyvos. Išsamiai nagrinėjami ligi šiol menkai įvertinti veiksniai, nulėmę šios kampanijos baigtį. Prieš skaitytojo akis atsiveria įspūd ...more
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Published 2013 (first published October 26th 2000)
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"War Without Garlands" derives from the German expression Kein Blumenkrieg which the German soldier described the battle on the Eastern front. From a total of 19 to 20 million German soldiers that fought in the Second World War, about 17 to 19 fought in Russia.

In his book, Robert Kershaw promises us that his account of "Operation Barbarossa" will based upon the personal account of common German and Russian soldiers. Or, as he says it himself:

Nobody has written a definitive 'soldier's' account of
Given that this book's title is misleading, and that it is poorly edited (running a manuscript through a spell checker is not editing!), it is a fascinating and illuminating read.

This book is essentially the story of the German Army Group Centre's attack on Russia, from the 22 June 1941 to their withdrawal from Moscow in early 1942 - with a sideways glance at Army Group South's encirclement of the Russians around Kiev, and Army Group North's siege of Leningrad.

Kershaw's style of storytelling - h
Paulius Cubera
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nuostabi, viena geriausių skaitytų knygų apie karą!
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In simple terms, "War without garlands" should be mandatory read for anyone interested in WWII. It is to my knowledge one of few english books on Barbarossa that dispells any doubts about possibilities of German victory in 1941. By relying solely on facts such as loss numbers, logistical ability of both sides and orders of battle at different stages of the German offensive, Robert Kershaw demolishes all specucaltions and fantasies about a possibility of any other outcome than the one that took p ...more
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-ii, history
A really great book. Kershaw (Robert, not Ian) puts the weight on the sufferings (and crimes) of the German soldier and he does so in a spectacular way. The text is sprinkled generously with firs-hand accounts from post-war interviews, letters, official histories, journals etc. While the strategic part is somewhat missed (this is not the focus of this book) I had to pause quite a few times and read quotes to my girlfriend (and yay, she listened).

he only (minor) gripe is a weird insistence on rep
Cameron McElwee
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible narrative that covers the period June 1941 - January 1942 from a predominantly German perspective. Explains clearly what led to the reverse and eventual defeat of Nazi Germany using a huge amount of personal testimonies, letters and accounts.
Kershaw manages to clearly describe the events of this 6 month period over nearly 600 pages without becoming bogged down in details and political/economic mumbo jumbo.

Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-ii
Excellent single-tome history of Operation Barbarossa from the German point of view, particularly that of the people at the front. Letters, diaries, memoirs and interviews are used extensively to provide a narrative of the campaign that is very close to the experience of the common German soldier. Conversely, while officers at the front are covered, little is written about decision-making back in Berlin. The Soviet viewpoint, along with some personal anecdotes, are given enough attention to cont ...more
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
* Covers not only the military operations but also provides discussions ranging from the camps for Soviet prisoners to personal moral conflicts that the German and Soviet soldiers experience.
* Plenty of direct quotes from the combatants that provide insights about the war, for example: before the invasion, a German officer is wondering whether he should bring more summer clothing and a sabre because he thought they will only be passing through USSR towards British Asia.

* Needs more edit
It follows the first 6 months of Operation Barbarossa through the eyes of German and Soviet soldiers/civilians, as well as the commanders of the various armies. The book is decidedly from the German point of view, but Kershaw uses diary entries from Soviet soldiers and civilians to give the book some balance. The diary excerpts from both sides paint a portrait of the sheer terror and brutality on the Eastern Front. Kershaw is also able to shed light on the grand scheme of the invasion and why th ...more
Oct 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any with interest in WWII specifcally the Eastern Front
I have read extensively about the Eastern Front Campaigns of WWII. I enjoyed this book mainly because Mr. Kershaw focused on the war from a more personal level not a high level history of which units or armies did this, move here, etc. One can read this book if you don't know much about the fighting on the Eastern front but having already knowledge of this part of WWII gives one an advantage to enjoy the book more. It was very easy reading and not dry and slow like some history books.
David Levine
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely awesome, highly recommended. Brutal account of "war without garlands." this book compiles many first hand accounts of war on the eastern front in the initial years. There has been a large amount of scholarship in the last 15 years that I would call revisionist in that it gets past the postwar simplistic view of the eastern front and gets into the reality of the hell it was and the strategic suicide it represented for Germany. Read the whole thing.
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of the Barbarossa invasion from the German solder's point of view. It makes extensive use of diaries. I actually felt some sympathy for these soldiers even though I knew their purpose was evil. Yet their suffering is beyond the imagination. It is a good book to read in order to get an understanding of what it must have been like for the common German soldier in this incredible campaign.
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
A must read to understand the horrible account on the inhumanity of the Eastern Front. Fascinating!! Wonderfully written book with a million details. A human disaster of epic proportions told by an excellent writer! Kershaw has assembled rich and useful material, assembled it to form solid arguments, and written it in a lively style!
Martin Haynes
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well worth reading. The book presents a convincing argument as to why the German invasion of the Soviet Union was doomed from the start. If you want to understand the consequences of a faulty world view and how it affects polito-military judgement, read this book.
Mike Lowndes
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to understand the 2nd World War, read this.
Richard Cahn
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that does what it sets out to do. Detailed without being obsessive, informative without being pedantic.
Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the book goes of the campaign trail to personal feelings and sufferings. focus on the leadership is lacking. overall gives a relatively accurate account of the campaign colored by personal details.
Paul Comac
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A remarkable and fascinating insight into the personal reactions of soldiers to the 1941 German invasion of Russia.
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Born in 1950 and a graduate of Reading University, Robert Kershaw joined the Parachute Regiment in 1973.

He served numerous regimental appointments until selected to command the 10th Battalion The Parachute Regiment (10 PARA). He attended the German Staff College (Fuhrungsakademie) spending a further two years with the Bundeswehr as an infantry, airborne and arctic warfare instructor. He speaks flu