A well researched and comprehensive review of German and Soviet tanks in combat on the Eastern Front. The research is based on original research into recently declassified Russian archives, offering fresh insights. – Highly Recommended.
NAME: The Tanks of Operation Barbarossa, Soviet Versus German Armour on the Eastern Front FILE: R2718 AUTHOR: Boris Kavalerchik, translator Stuart Britton PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 280 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, WW2, World War Two, German munitions, German tanks, Soviet armour, Eastern Front, German invasion of Russia, tank battles, technology, tactics
IMAGE: B2718.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y777bl4z LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A well researched and comprehensive review of German and Soviet tanks in combat on the Eastern Front. The research is based on original research into recently declassified Russian archives, offering fresh insights. – Highly Recommended. So much has been written on this subject, and yet this book dispels myths and offers fresh insights in a study of Soviet and German tanks at the beginning of the war on the Eastern Front. The able text, translated into English is supported by a fascinating selection of images in a photo-plate section with a number of very informative tables in the body of text. The author has looked at both the armour and the tactics as the Germans drove the Soviet forces before them. The recently declassified Russian archives have provided a wealth of information from a Soviet perspective that has never before been available to researchers. Stalin's ruthless purges had removed most of the senior officers of the Red Army and demoralized the survivors who spent more time looking over their shoulders than at the enemy. Soviet development of armour had not been lacking and showed much innovation. The problem was in turning designs into production and regiments in the field. That coincided with the Germans catching up with their own deployment, at regimental level, of first class armour designs. Added to the surprise factor, the Soviets started at a severe disadvantage. However, as the Red Army fell back in confusion, losing enormous numbers of soldiers, dead, wounded and prisoners, and the Red Air Forces were virtually wiped out on the ground, production started to respond to the needs. Eventually, a combination of Soviet armour, and vehicles delivered to the Soviets by the Western Allies, moved the advantage to the Soviet troops, but it had been a close run thing. As numbers of armoured vehicles began arriving with Red Army units Stalin also relented and allowed his soldiers to develop tactics and organizations, build morale and rebuild the officer corps. An engrossing study with many new facts.