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The Road to Stalingrad

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  143 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
A new paperback version of the first volume in John Erickson's monumental, critically acclaimed history of the Soviet-German war.In fascinating detail, The Road to Stalingrad takes us from the inept command structures and strategic delusions of the pre-invasion Soviet Union through Russia's humiliation as her armies fell back on all fronts, until the tide turned at last in ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Cassell (first published January 1st 1983)
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Mikey B.
Colossal conflict...

The last 2 chapters of this book are by far the best (they constitute over 120 pages). Prior, I feel, the author has a hard time distinguishing the trees from the forest and the forest from the trees. These chapters are filled with endless sentences like "...the 4th Airborne corps to use his 7th and 8th Brigades..", "...the escape eastwards for 3rd, 10th and now 13th Army was.." and on and on. This approach makes for a very dry dissertation of the largest military conflict i
This book is written exclusively from the Russian Army point of view. I always wanted to read one that was extremely detailed on Soviet strategy and operations. However, no maps. The author goes into fantastic descriptions of Soviet divisions, corps, and armies, yet without any maps, the overall picture of German Army groups and Soviet Fronts are completely lost to me. If I had not read other Eastern Front histories, I would have been totally in the dark. I can only imagine the frustration of an ...more
Well documented and concise but a map of the Soviet Union and prior readings of the war is probably recommended.
There is much one can write of the soviet military and the war from Russian generals wanting to make unilateral treaties with Hitler to the Abwehr being innundated with Red moles, either may have explained some of Stalin's choices. Either is a book in itself.
As far as what this book focused upon, it stayed on path with military history and can almost be considered a reference book du
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Owen by: Devowasright
Erickson has done an incredible amount of research, and is refreshingly frank in presenting his own opinions along side the historic facts. His accounts of the diplomatic meetings between Soviet and British leaders are particularly great, giving you a clear picture of everyone's agendas and motivations before taking you into the smoke filled rooms to witness the big decisions being reached. Early on the book does occasionally bog down under the weight of all the statistics he presents you with i ...more
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
A very thorough book of an important part of military history. John Erickson is meticulous and detailed in his research and given the book was first published in the 1980s during the height of the Cold War the information that John presents is all the more insightful.

Probably not a good starting point for an Eastern Front novice due the vast amount of detail covering units, ORBATs etc. One let down is the complete lack of maps. I find good maps greatly enhance a military history work and in part
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding recounting the years leading up to June 22, 1941, and then through the Soviet tide-turning victory at Stalingrad in 1943, as seen from the Soviet side.

Well worth reading if you want a very different look at World War 2, and an area of it largely unknown to people in the US. The Soviets really won World War 2, not the West.
Stephen Hackney
Comprehensive in scale. Described the macro view of the events. Excellent large picture of Armies, Corps, and Divisions on both sides, the Wehrmacht and the Red Army. Burdensome and ponderous at times, though. But all-in-all, an excellent historical account in its depth and accuracy.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done-history
If you want a nice overview of WWII on the eastern front, find another book. If you want an extremely detailed battle by battle description then this is the one. This and the sequel, "The Road to Berlin" are both excellent studies. I only gave three stars because there are no maps.
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An extraordinary work of history. First part of the book is extremely difficult to get thru. The living drama that unfolds in the latter chapters is worth the effort. The book would be facinating to read if one did not know the outcome of the war.
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Talk about precise........this book is amazing in its details. Going down to minute details in German and Russian military unit names and numbers meant I had to concentrate all the way through.....and it ain't no small book either. One of the best books I've ever read on WWII Eastern Front.
Chris Watson
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written inn a very academic style, from the Soviet point of view, which is more interesting than the Nazi point of view.
Mick Maye
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian, world-war-2
masterful recap of the German invasion of Russia from both sides up to Stalingrad. Excellent
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
exceptionally detailed
May 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would you believe there are NO MAPS? So an atlas (I found photocopies of the Times Comprehensive more convenient) is essential.

All the same, a great, though strenuous read.

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Excellent overview of the pre-invasion and early war periods. Emphasis on operations but no maps.
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