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From the Don to the Dnepr : Soviet offensive operations, December 1942-August 1943
Glantz, David M.
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Publication Information:
London, England ; Portland, Or. : F. Cass, 1991.
Physical Description:
xvi, 430 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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D764.7.D6 G53 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This book provides an in-depth study of the Soviet Army during the offensive operations that started with Battle of Stalingrad in December 1942 and went until Spring 1943. The lessons learned by the Soviet Army from these experiences helped design the military steamroller that decimated the German panzer divisions at Kursk in the Summer of 1943.

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A detailed, carefully documented account of Soviet offensive operations in the Don-Donets River, and the Kharkov-Belgorod areas that attempted to exploit earlier Russian successes in the Battles of Stalingrad and of Kursk. The book is based on published Soviet, German, and Italian sources and is bolstered by numerous situation maps. Glantz narrates in considerable detail the orders of battle of the opposing sides, the planning of the operations, and the day-to-day developments in the tactical execution of the operations, noting both their successes and failures. Glantz notes general improvement in Soviet ability to conduct more carefully orchestrated and more effectively supported large unit armored force operations, with the corresponding decline in German ability to counter them effectively. The author regards the December 1942-August 1943 period analyzed here as the crucial time of learning for the Soviet High Command and its large-force front-line commanders. From lessons derived from this experience, the patterns of Soviet major offensive operations for the rest of the war were substantially set. Recommended primarily for specialized readers. General readers and undergraduates would do better to refer to Earl F. Ziemke's Stalingrad to Berlin: The German Defeat in The East (CH, Jul'88) or John Erickson's Road to Berlin (CH, Apr'84). -B. V. Maciuika, University of Connecticut

Table of Contents

Introduction - the Red Army 1941-1945 - tragedy and rebirth of an army
operation ""Little Saturn"" - the Soviet offensive on the Middle Don - December 1942
operation ""Gallop"" - the Donbas operation - 29 January-6 March 1943
operation ""Star"" - the Khar'kov operation - 2 February-23 March 1943
operation ""Polkovodets Rumyanstev: - the Belgogod-Khar'kov operation - August 1943
Appendices order of battle - Middle Don operation (December 1942)
order of battle - Khar'kov-Donbas operation and Manstein's counte