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Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2019 6:01 p.m. PST

Looking for recommendations on well-researched and well-written accounts of the campaigns on the Eastern Front. A few years ago, I read some of the books by David Glantz and while informative they we're dry and just not quite what I was looking for. Not looking for a lot of politics or studies of Hitler and Stalin or recitations of personal accounts. Would really like to find good operational level books for the various campaigns. I recently finished David Stahel's book on the first couple months of Barbarossa and thought it was very good. Suggestions gratefully appreciated.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2019 6:42 p.m. PST

I remember reading "Russia at War" by Alexander Werth almost 50 years ago. The book was engrossing and informative, I would recommend it.

jdginaz25 Jan 2019 7:02 p.m. PST

I wouldn't more political history than operational. it's more how the Soviet party would like you to view the war.

Martin Rapier26 Jan 2019 12:56 a.m. PST

Glantz can be a little dry, but are probably the best out there (although the maps are awful).

Among older books are Ericsson Road to Stalingrad and Road to Berlin, plus Seatons Russia German War 1941-45. The latter has an interesting chapter on the naval war.

If you want panzer porn there are all the Niepke (?) books, Panzers on the Eastern Front, Decision in the Ukraine etc. All a bit jut jawed Aryans slaughtering the ubermensch, but there was some interesting stuff about the fighting on the Mius in 1943 in the Ukraine one.

redbanner414526 Jan 2019 6:36 a.m. PST

My favorite East Front battle history is "The Defense of Moscow 1941 The Northern Flank" by Jack Rady & Charles Sharp. Great book on the battle for Kalinin.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2019 8:52 a.m. PST

I've read multiple reviews of George Nipe's work suggesting he has a strong bias towards the German side and possibly even blinders towards the SS. The reviews for the Rady/Sharp are very good. Wish it had a scope wider than the northern pincer but I'm gonna get a copy.
Anyone know of a good book about the Stalingrad campaigns that would include the Soviet counterattacks (Uranus, Saturn, etc) and Manstein's "backhand blow?" I read the first two books on Stalingrad by Mr. Glantz but I'm looking for more narrative and a little less "this unit moved here at this time on this day."

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP27 Jan 2019 4:18 a.m. PST

Fugate's "Barbarossa" is a damn fine introductory piece, laying out all of the basics & essentials up front.

Russ Lockwood28 Jan 2019 6:57 p.m. PST

Recent book:

I bought this WWII book after I enjoyed the authors four books (well, first three of the four, really) about eastern front world war one.

I reviewed this in my monthly AAR newsletter…Here's the review.

On a Knife's Edge: The Ukraine November 1942 – March 1943, by Prit Buttar.

This basically covers from Stalingrad to the German Kharkov counterattack and once again, Buttar delivers a well-written and documented operational overview of the plans, battles, and command decisions that went into these campaigns. If I had to nitpick, it would be his over-relying on inserting first-person accounts -- a few add flavor, even the obvious propaganda of the Soviets, but too many leave you yearning for Buttar's crisp analysis of situations and events. Still, enjoyed it.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2019 8:55 a.m. PST

Russ, I don't see a link to your review.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2019 4:50 p.m. PST

Thank you!

thedrake30 Jan 2019 11:29 p.m. PST

Check out books by Norbert Szamveber on the fighting in Hungary and the Budapest campaign.

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