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Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany's Winter Campaign, 1941-1942

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A gripping and authoritative revisionist account of the German Winter Campaign of 1941-1942

Germany's winter campaign of 1941-1942 is commonly seen as its first defeat. In Retreat from Moscow, a bold, gripping account of one of the seminal moments of World War II, David Stahel argues that instead it was its first strategic success in the East. The Soviet counteroffensive
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Hardcover, 545 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Venky
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Riding on the back of research that can only be appropriately described as ‘monumental’, David Stahel’s “Retreat From Moscow”, portrays in an unsparing and eviscerating fashion, Germany’s ill-fated winter campaign between 1941 – 1942. Drawing on new sources of history, Mr. Stahel argues that the despotic dictator Adolf Hitler’s “first defeat” took place as early as in the summer of 1941. Operation Barbarossa (the code name for Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union) which was to have culminated ...more
Cristie Underwood
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The author's painstaking research and attention to detail is obvious in the writing of this book. There were many facts that I only discovered after reading this!
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David Stahel’s Retreat from Moscow provides a comprehensive, effective argument for looking anew at the battles of the 1941-1942 German winter campaign. Highly recommended for history and WWII buffs.

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EJ
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This work is massive in scope, involving vast geographic areas and millions of men. It does not discuss the retreat from Moscow at the individual soldier’s level, but at the corps and army level. We are treated to the workings of the very highest-ranking German generals on the Eastern Front. David Stahel, the author, is a professional historian, teaching both at the University of New South Wales and the Australian Defence Force Academy. This is the latest in a number of books he has written ...more
Steve
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book and Hitler's winter campaign against Russia in 1941-1942. Hitler invaded Russia during operation Barbarossa, but the German troops were unprepared and low of supplies and winter clothing during the harsh Russian winter, resulting many deaths from exposure to the weather. The Russians counterattacked and were will equipped and well prepared to defeat the German army.
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David Stahel was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1975, but grew up in Melbourne, Australia. He completed an honours degree in history at Monash University (1998), an MA in War Studies at King's College London (2000) and a PhD at the Humboldt University in Berlin (2007). His research focus has centered primarily on the German military in World War II and particularly Hitler's war against the ...more