Zhukov's greatest defeat: the Red Army's epic disaster in Operation Mars, 1942
Glantz offers a definitive account of the forgotten catastrophe of Operation Mars, reveals the key players, and details the major events of the military disaster. 24 photos, 24 maps.
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Forgotten by history and virtually denied by the Soviet Union, the disastrous Russian defeat of 1942 in Operation Mars is finally exposed in Glantz's exhaustive study of this massive battle on the Eastern Front. Glantz, a U.S. Army historian specializing in Russian military operations, uses memoirs, official reports, and previously hidden archival sources to create a comprehensive view of this gigantic Soviet operation against the Germans just west of Moscow. Operation Mars was commanded by Georgy Zhukov, one of Stalin's most trusted generals. Zhukov threw hundreds of thousands of soldiers and thousands of tanks against the entrenched Germans but was utterly crushed. Glantz explores the Soviets' strategic, operational, and tactical planning and execution of this offensive, with particular attention to Zhukov and his subordinates. The numerous maps and orders of battle are essential for a clear understanding of the scope of this major Soviet offensive and its complete failure. Recommended for public and academic libraries.--Col. William D. Bushnell, USMC (ret.), Brunswick, ME
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Very nice, highly controversial but heavy going.
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