Hitler's Greatest Defeat
"Provides more than ample strategic and operational detail and context about the operation...The human view of combat... is most revealing and significant."--"Journal of Slavic Military
"Studies. It was a battle worse than the one at Stalingrad, and World War II's turning point, thanks to Hitler's strategic miscalculations. Succinct and groundbreaking, this analysis of the largely ignored, bloody conflict in Byelorussia reveals how the Nazis lost the Eastern Front. Their defeat cost 350,000 casualities--and left the war effort doomed and broken.
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