The Battle for Leningrad: 1941-1944
The German siege and Soviet defense of Leningrad in World War II was an epic struggle in an epic war, a drama of heroism and human misery unmatched in the annals of modern warfare. While innumerable writers have dealt at length with the besieged city itself, David Glantz provides for the first time the definitive military history of the conflict waged beyond the city's borders.
One of the first major Soviet cities threatened by the German blitzkrieg, Leningrad was as much a symbolic target as it was a strategic one for Adolf Hitler, who fully expected the birthplace of the Russian Revolution to be reduced to rubble quickly and with ease. The Red Army's ferocious defense of the city, however, made that impossible.
Glantz digs deep to recount the full story of how these two military giants bludgeoned each other for nearly three years with a relentless barrage of offensives and counteroffensives designed to crush one another, in horrendous weather and a harsh terrain and with staggering loss of life on both sides. His richly detailed history shows how battles and campaigns were conceived, engaged, and resolved -- including a half dozen or more "forgotten battles" that took place during the blockade. He explains how the struggle for Leningrad impacted other theaters of operation along the Eastern Front, eventually forcing the Germans into their long and costly retreat back toward Berlin.
Glantz also provides insights into conditions within the city, adding new details to the horrors of the siege; sheds new light on partisan warfare in the countryside surrounding Leningrad; and corrects many errors found in earlier works.
Based on an unparalleled access to Russian archival sourcesand going far beyond the military aspects of such renowned works as Harrison Salisbury's 900 Days, Glantz's book is a testament to the nearly two million Russians who lost their lives during the Leningrad conflict and confirms his status as the preeminent authority on the Russian military experience in World War II.
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Oof, this is a beast. A thick, dense, impenetrable beast. Almost impossible to read if you're trying to go at it casually - but it is invaluable if you know what you're doing. This book emphasizes a lot on the Soviet side, and you'll get a lot of information here than nobody else even considers. 1) The desperate suicidal attacks in 1941 were able to prevent the Germans from taking the city by winter. Supplies over Lake Ladoga and beneficial terrain helped further advances. 2) The siege conditions from 1941-44 basically tied down all of German Army Group North and prevented these troops from assisting with the capture of Moscow or Stalingrad. 3) By 1944, the Soviets had improved their tactics, including the use of strategic deception, or masirovka, to drive back the Germans and destroy the majority of their armies by June of that year. Impressive discussion of tactical and strategic history. If you can pick out information from the sea of unit names(The 237th, 259th and 301st Rifle divisions attacked at Zherlosiugorsk from 21st September at 0300 hours using KV-1 tanks until...), you'll find a lively analysis. Recommended For Specialists Only. Not your typical Enemy at the Gates fare.
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Oof, this is a beast. A thick, dense, impenetrable beast. Almost impossible to read if you're trying to go at it casually - but it is invaluable if you know what you're doing. This book emphasizes a ... Read full review
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