Operation Barbarossa : Hitler’s Invasion of Russia 1941
by Colonel David M. Glantz
Editor: The History Press Ltd
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On June 22,1941, Hitler dropped his forces on the Soviet Union.Led by four powerful Panzer groups and protected by an impenetrable curtain of air support, the Wehrmacht apparently invincible advance from the western borders of the Soviet Union to the immediate periphery of Leningrad, Moscow and Rostov in the shockingly short period of less than six monthsThe sudden, deep and relentless German advance virtually destroyed the entire Red Army and captured nearly 40% of European Russia before expiring inexplicably at the gates of Moscow and Leningrad.An invasion designed to win the victory in three to six weeks failed and, four years later, led to a total and unprecedented German defeat.David Glantz defies the age-old explanation that bad weather, poor terrain and failed strategic judgment of Hitler produced German defeat and reveals how the Red Army thwarted dramatic and apparently inexorable invasion of the seized German army achieves its ambitious goals.DAVID MGLANTZ is the world specialist on the Eastern Front during the Second World War.He wrote that many renowned books on the Red Army, Kursk and BarbarossaHe was historical adviser with Professor Ian Kershaw for BBC TV war of the centuryHe lives in Pennsylvania, USA.
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