Colossus reborn: the Red Army at war : 1941-1943
University Press of Kansas
, 2005 - History
- 807 pages
In "Stumbling Colossus. David Glantz explored why the Red Army was unprepared for the German blitzkrieg that nearly destroyed it and left more than four million of its soldiers dead by the end of 1941. In "Colossus Reborn he recounts the miraculous resurrection of Red Army, which, with a dazzling display of military strategy and operational prowess, stopped the Wehrmacht in its tracks and turned the tide of war. A major achievement in the recovery and preservation of an entire nation's military experience, "Colossus Reborn is marked by Glantz's unrivaled access to and use of Soviet archival sources. This allows him to illuminate not only Russian victories in the Battles of Moscow, Stalingrad, and Kursk, but also to rescue a host of major "forgotten battles." many of which had been suppressed to preserve reputations and national pride. As he reveals in unprecedented detail, disastrous defeats vied with resounding victories throughout the early years of the conflict, as the Red Army struggled to find itself in the "Great Patriotic War." Beyond the battles themselves, Glantz also presents an in-depth portrait of the Red Army as an evolving military institution. Assessing more clearly than ever before the army's size, strength, and force structure, he provides keen insights into its doctrine, strategy, tactics, weaponry, training, officer corps, and political leadership. In the process, he puts a human face on the Red Army's commanders and soldiers, including women and those who served in units-"security (NKVD), engineer, railroad, auto-transport, construction, and penal forces-"that have till now remained poorly understood. The world's top authority on the Soviet military, Glantz hasproduced a remarkable study that adds immeasurable to our understanding of the one part of World War II that's still struggling to emerge from the shadows of history.