Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Road to Stalingrad” as Want to Read:
The Road to Stalingrad
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Road to Stalingrad, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Road to Stalingrad

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
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
...more
Jack
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
L
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
...more
Owen
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
James
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
...more
Scott
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.
Rick
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.
Sergio
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.
Craig
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
Mark
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
exceptionally detailed
Badger
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.

Kefka
rated it it was amazing
Jan 16, 2014
Bex
rated it liked it
Jan 25, 2008
Weloytty
rated it liked it
Jul 24, 2008
Ken
rated it really liked it
Jan 21, 2012
Stephen Webster
rated it really liked it
Oct 29, 2016
David
rated it liked it
Jul 14, 2014
Jonathan
Excellent overview of the pre-invasion and early war periods. Emphasis on operations but no maps.
Mike Gabor
rated it really liked it
Jun 30, 2012
Bob Wilkins
rated it really liked it
Mar 27, 2010
Slobodan Crevar
rated it it was amazing
Sep 23, 2012
Andrew Boswell
rated it it was ok
Jan 17, 2015
Natalie
rated it it was amazing
Sep 05, 2011
Devowasright
rated it really liked it
Jun 26, 2007
John Englund
rated it really liked it
Nov 30, 2014
Thomas Reiter
rated it it was amazing
Nov 28, 2014
MartinNonFiction
rated it it was amazing
Aug 08, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler
  • To Lose a Battle: France 1940
  • Fire In The Sky: The Air War In The South Pacific
  • Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunted, 1942-1945 (Modern Library War)
  • Stalin's Folly: The Tragic First Ten Days of WWII on the Eastern Front
  • The Battle for History: Re-fighting World War II
  • Operation Barbarossa and Germany's Defeat in the East
  • Decision in Normandy
  • A War to be Won: Fighting the Second World War
  • Islands of Destiny: The Solomons Campaign and the Eclipse of the Rising Sun
  • Russia's War: A History of the Soviet Effort: 1941-1945
  • The Struggle for Europe
  • A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II
  • The Russian Civil War
  • Between Giants: The Battle for the Baltics in World War II
  • Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945
  • Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45
  • The Fall of France: The Nazi Invasion of 1940
John Erickson was a British historian of World War II.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.
More about John Erickson...

Share This Book