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Stumbling Colossus: The Red Army on the Eve of World War (Modern War Studies)

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Germany's surprise attack on June 22, 1941, shocked a Soviet Union woefully unprepared to defend itself. The day before the attack, the Red Army still comprised the world's largest fighting force. But by the end of the year, four and a half million of its soldiers lay dead. This new study, based on formerly classified Soviet archival material and neglected German sources, reveals the truth behind this national catastrophe. Drawing on evidence never before seen in the West-including combat records of early engagements-David Glantz claims that in 1941 the Red Army was poorly trained, inadequately equipped, ineptly organized, and consequently incapable of engaging in large-scale military campaigns-and that both Hitler and Stalin knew it. He provides the most complete and convincing study of why the Soviets almost lost the war that summer, dispelling many of the myths about the Red Army that have persisted since the war and soundly refuting Viktor Suvorov's controversial thesis that Stalin was planning a preemptive strike against Germany. Stumbling Colossus describes the Red Army's command leadership, mobilization and war planning, intelligence activities, and active and reserve combat formations. It includes the first complete Order of Battle of Soviet forces on the eve of the German attack, documents the strength of Soviet armored forces during the war's initial period, and reproduces the first available texts of actual Soviet war plans. It also provides biographical sketches of Soviet officers and tells how Stalin's purges of the late 1930s left the Red Army leadership almost decimated. At a time when blame for the war in eastern Europe is being laid with a fallen regime, Glantz's book sets the record straight on the Soviet Union's readiness-and willingness-to fight. Boasting an extensive bibliography of Soviet and German sources, Stumbling Colossus is a convincing study that overshadows recent revisionist history and one that no student of World War II can ignore.

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Drawing on evidence not yet seen in the West, including combat records of early engagements and formerly classified Soviet archival material, Glantz, founder and former director of the US Army's Foreign Military Studies Office, proves that in 1941 the Red Army was poorly trained, inadequately equipped, disorganized, and incapable of engaging in large-scale military campaigns. He dispels many of the myths about the Red Army that have persisted since the war, and refutes Viktor Suvorov's controversial thesis that Stalin was planning a preemptive strike against Germany. Includes b&w photos and illustrations.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 331-354) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700608799
Subtitle:
The Red Army on the Eve of World War
Author:
Glantz, David M.
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Location:
Lawrence, Kan. :
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Soviet Union History, Military.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Modern War Studies Hardcover
Series Volume:
[9-65]
Publication Date:
19980515
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9.38x6.16x1.31 in. 1.55 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » Europe » General
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » Russia » General Russian History
History and Social Science » US History » General

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