War on the Eastern Front: The German Soldier in Russia 1941-1945

Front Cover
Frontline Books, Oct 30, 2014 - History - 224 pages
0 Reviews
Dawn on Sunday 22 June 1941 saw the opening onslaughts of Operation Barbarossa as German forces stormed forward into the Soviet Union. Few of them were to survive the five long years of bitter struggle.??A posting to the Eastern Front during the Second World War was rightly regarded with dread by the German soldiers. They were faced by the unremitting hostility of the climate, the people and even, at times, their own leadership. They saw epic battles such as Stalingrad and Kursk, and yet it was a daily war of attrition which ultimately proved fatal for Hitler's ambition and the German military machine. ??In this classic account leading military historian James Lucas examines different aspects of the fighting, from war in the trenches to a bicycle-mounted anti-tank unit fighting against the oncoming Russian hordes. Told through the experiences of the German soldiers who endured these nightmarish years of warfare, War on the Eastern Front is a unique record of this cataclysmic campaign.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

1 Operation Barbarossa
1
Maps
2
2 The German Army
15
3 The last days of tank destruction unit DORA II in Brandenburg during April 1945
23
4 The foreignness of it all
28
5 The Waffen SS on the Eastern Front
37
6 The Red Army of Workers and Peasants
44
7 Two German views of the Red Army
51
17 The weapons of the Eastern Front
119
18 Assault artillery in action on the central front in the early days of the war with the Soviet Union
129
19 An SP detachment in the closing stages of the encirclement battles around the Kiev pocket autumn 1941
132
20 A platoon of SP guns in action against the Soviet thrust to capture Rzhev autumn 1942
140
21 The 249th Assault Artillery Brigade in action during the battle for Berlin 1945
145
Germanys most successful SP fighter in Russia
148
the German Armys most successful tank man
152
24 Antitank weapons and tactics
155

8 The development of the Red Army
55
9 Partisans
60
10 The influence of terrain
71
11 The influence of climate
78
12 The effect of winter upon a Red Army unit at Rzhev
91
13 The German Army resolves the problems of winter warfare
93
14 The construction of an ice railway bridge across the Dneiper winter 19411942
100
15 The frustrating mud and the scouring dust
104
16 To Moscow by horse
113
a new form of artillery first used on the Eastern Front
161
encirclement
177
27 The destruction of the encircled Soviet forces in the fighting around Kiev autumn 1941
183
28 The Cholm pocket winter 1941142
196
Epilogue
206
Bibliography
208
Index
209
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2014)

JAMES LUCAS fought with the British infantry in the Second World War. After the war he developed close contacts with German ex-servicemen, enabling him to undertake the extensive research that underlies the success of his many books. Lucas received international acclaim as one of the leading experts on all aspects of German military conduct in WWII.

Bibliographic information