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Death Of The Leaping Horseman

Author : Jason D. Mark
ISBN : 9780811714044
Genre : History
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Revised edition of a rare account of a German armored division in combat at the epic Battle of Stalingrad. • Day-by-day story of the 24th Panzer Division's savage fighting in the streets of Stalingrad in 1942 • Eyewitness accounts from participants reveal the brutality of this battle • Photos from official archives, private collections, and veterans--most of them never seen before • Used copies of the out-of-print earlier edition sell for more than $900 • A treasure trove for historians, buffs, modelers, and wargamers
Category: History

Island Of Fire

Author : Jason Mark
ISBN : 9780811766197
Genre : History
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Stalingrad was one of the largest, bloodiest, and most famous battles in history as well as one of the major turning points of World War II. For four winter months during the battle, German and Soviet forces fought over a single factory inside the city of Stalingrad. Lavishly illustrated with photos and maps, Island of Fire presents a day-by-day—at times hour-by-hour—chronicle of that pitiless struggle as seen by both sides. The book is unparalleled and exhaustive in its research, meticulous in its reconstruction of the action, and vivid in its retelling of the street-by-street, hand-to-hand fighting near the gun factory.
Category: History

Armageddon In Stalingrad

Author : David M. Glantz
ISBN : STANFORD:36105215286449
Genre : History
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The world's foremost authority on the Soviet Army in World War II offers the second installment of his pathbreakinbg trilogy on the epic clash at Stalingrad. The definitive account of the battle that produced a major turning point for both the Easterrn Front and World War II.
Category: History

Tank Warfare On The Eastern Front 1941 1942

Author : Robert Forczyk
ISBN : 9781781590089
Genre : History
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The German panzer armies that swept into the Soviet Union in 1941 were an undefeated force that had honed their skill in combined arms warfare to a fine edge. The Germans focused their panzers and tactical air support at points on the battlefield defined as Schwerpunkt - main effort - to smash through any defensive line and then advance to envelope their adversaries. ??Initially, these methods worked well in the early days of Operation Barbarossa and the tank forces of the Red Army suffered defeat after defeat. Although badly mauled in the opening battles, the Red Army's tank forces did not succumb to the German armoured onslaught and German planning and logistical deficiencies led to over-extension and failure in 1941. In the second year of the invasion, the Germans directed their Schwerpunkt toward the Volga and the Caucasus and again achieved some degree of success, but the Red Army had grown much stronger and by November 1942, the Soviets were able to turn the tables at Stalingrad. ??Robert Forczyk's incisive study offers fresh insight into how the two most powerful mechanized armies of the Second World War developed their tactics and weaponry during the critical early years of the Russo-German War. He uses German, Russian and English sources to provide the first comprehensive overview and analysis of armored warfare from the German and Soviet perspectives. His analysis of the greatest tank war in history is compelling reading.
Category: History

Panzerkrieg

Author : Jason Mark
ISBN : 0992274931
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Stalingrad is justly infamous for its ruthless urban fighting and the destruction of Paulus¿s entire 6. Armee, but the fact that Germany¿s vaunted Panzerwaffe (armoured branch) suffered a catastrophic setback there is often overlooked. Three panzer regiments and three panzer battalions were wiped out, their valuable human and mechanical assets left lifeless in the ruins or on barren steppe that girdled the city. Conventional military wisdom eschews the offensive deployment of armour in an urban environment, yet panzers were crucial in many of the major tactical victories within Stalingrad¿s city limits and played a major role in holding the Nordriegel, a defensive position erected between the Don and Volga Rivers that held back several Soviet armies while the city itself was being subjugated by other German formations. In this first volume, the combat histories of Panzer-Abteilungen 103, 129 and 160 will be examined in great detail. Unprecedented access to Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt), a government agency that maintains records of former Wehrmacht personnel, has permitted the life and death of each battalion to be analysed in incredible detail. The narrative is enhanced by hundreds of rare photos drawn from official archives, private collections and the albums of veterans themselves. 559 photos, 12 aerial photos, 50 maps, 12 tables and 3 appendices.
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Stalingrad

Author : Michael K. Jones
ISBN : UOM:39015074075816
Genre : Stalingrad, Battle of, Volgograd, Russia, 1942-1943
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Michael K. Jones new history of Stalingrad offers a radical reinterpretation of the most famous battle of the Second World War. Combining eye witness testimony of Red Army fighters with fresh archive material the book gives a dramatic insight into the thinking of the Russian command and the mood of the ordinary soldiers.
Category: Stalingrad, Battle of, Volgograd, Russia, 1942-1943

German Soldier Vs Soviet Soldier

Author : Chris McNab
ISBN : 9781472824578
Genre : History
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By the end of the first week of November 1942, the German Sixth Army held about 90 per cent of Stalingrad. Yet the Soviets stubbornly held on to the remaining parts of the city, and German casualties started to reach catastrophic levels. In an attempt to break the deadlock, Hitler decided to send additional German pioneer battalions to act as an urban warfare spearhead. These combat engineers were skilled in all aspects of city fighting, especially in the use of demolitions and small arms to overcome defended positions and in the destruction of armoured vehicles. Facing them were hardened Soviet troops who had perfected the use of urban camouflage, concealed and interlocking firing positions, close quarters battle, and sniper support. This fully illustrated book explores the tactics and effectiveness of these opposing troops during this period, focusing particularly on the brutal close-quarters fight over the Krasnaya Barrikady (Red Barricades) ordnance factory.
Category: History

Besieged

Author : Jason D. Mark
ISBN : 0975107690
Genre : Germany
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Kampfgruppe Scherer's outstanding feat of arms was one of Germany's most famous military achievements during the Second World War. With only a few thousand men from all branches of the service, including mountain troopers, elderly reservists, police officers, navy drivers, SS partisan hunters and supply troops, Generalmajor Theodor Scherer was ordered to hold Cholm in the face of a superior enemy force. That Scherer and his men prevailed is now an historical fact but analysis of daily radio traffic and combat reports reveals that the pocket's survival was precarious; at times, even senior commanders doubted if it could be saved. On several occasions the Soviet onslaught looked poised to inflict the death blow but somehow the exhausted men of Cholm grimly clung to a few resistance nests upon which a new line was anchored. General Scherer, a popular leader and inspiration to all his soldiers, despaired many times and was forced to continually plead for more men, more supplies and more aerial support. Urgent demands by other sectors meant Kampfgruppe Scherer was drip-fed just enough supplies and reinforcements to stay alive until, eventually, a relief force forged a permanent link and freed the exhausted survivors. After a catastrophic winter of setbacks and resounding defeats for the Wehrmacht, the General and his men were lauded as heroes and recognised with an arm shield that marked them as “Cholmkämpfer,†men of exceptional courage who had prevailed despite overwhelming odds.Primary sources have been utilised for the first time to present this battle in a detailed day-by-day format, from the forlorn days of January and February to liberation in early May.
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Ghost Division

Author : A. Harding Ganz
ISBN : 9780811763912
Genre : History
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Nicknamed the "Ghost Division" because of its speed and habit of turning up where its enemies least expected, the German 11th Panzer Division wreaked havoc in the East and West in World War II, playing a pivotal role in some of the biggest engagements, including Barbarossa, Stalingrad, Kursk, and the West.
Category: History