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The Red Army and the Second World War

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  • Date Published: February 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107688155

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  • In a definitive new account of the Soviet Union at war, Alexander Hill charts the development, successes and failures of the Red Army from the industrialisation of the Soviet Union in the late 1920s through to the end of the Great Patriotic War in May 1945. Setting military strategy and operations within a broader context that includes national mobilisation on a staggering scale, the book presents a comprehensive account of the origins and course of the war from the perspective of this key Allied power. Drawing on the latest archival research and a wealth of eyewitness testimony, Hill portrays the Red Army at war from the perspective of senior leaders and men and women at the front line to reveal how the Red Army triumphed over the forces of Nazi Germany and her allies on the Eastern Front, and why it did so at such great cost.

    • A major new account which charts the successes and failures of the Red Army from the late 1920s through to the end of the Second World War
    • Analyses Red Army performances in many military engagements of the late 1920s and 1930s
    • Draws from up-to-date archival research to provide a wide range of eyewitness testimonies and vantage points, ranging from senior leaders to the men on the front line
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    '[Hill] offers a tightly written account that integrates battlefield events, organizational, tactical and technological innovation, and political and command changes that enabled the Red Army to survive the disaster of 1941, beginning a long and costly recovery that would lead it to Berlin four years later. This is an important read for anyone with an interest in the Second World War or military reform.' Albert A. Nofi, Affairs Symposium

    '… Hill's work is a remarkably thorough, clear, and comprehensive account of previously-neglected technical questions of Soviet military development.' David R. Stone, Slavic Review

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    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107688155
    • length: 754 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 33 mm
    • weight: 1.21kg
    • contains: 45 b/w illus. 7 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Of horses and men: the Red Army of the late 1920s
    2. Tanks, aircraft and 'deep battle': the Red Army transformed, 1928–1936
    3. The 'enemy' within: the Red Army during and in the aftermath of the great purges, 1937–1940
    4. More than manoeuvres: Red Army experience in Spain and at Lake Khasan
    5. Khalkin Gol
    6. Keeping up with the Schmidts and the Suzukis: soviet military equipment and the small wars of the 1930s
    7. Voroshilov's 'lightning' war: the Soviet invasion of Poland
    8. The Finnish debacle
    9. Reform and the road to war
    10. Barbarossa: from Minsk to Smolensk
    11. Barbarossa: from Smolensk to Moscow
    12. The end of 'Typhoon'
    13. Lost opportunity
    14. More men, women and machines
    15. 'Not a step back!'
    16. Change at the top
    17. Stalingrad and Uranus
    18. The wrath of the Gods
    19. The defence of the Kursk salient and the battle for Prokhorovka
    20. To the Dnepr and beyond
    21. The ten Stalinist blows of 1944
    22. The end in sight
    23. The fall of Berlin and the end of the Reich
    Conclusion
    Appendix 1. The destruction of the upper echelons of the RKKA in 1937–1941
    Appendix 2. Soviet armoured strength and serviceability in the Western military districts of the Soviet Union as of 1 June 1941
    Glossary
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Alexander Hill, University of Calgary
    Alexander Hill completed both his undergraduate education and doctorate at Peterhouse College, Cambridge, and has taught military history and Russian history at the University of Calgary for more than a decade. During his tenure at the University of Calgary, he has published two other books, The War behind the Eastern Front (2005), on the Soviet partisan movement in north-west Russia during the Second World War, and The Great Patriotic War of the Soviet Union, 1941–1945: A Documentary Reader (2009), as well as many journal articles on the Soviet Union during the Second World War.

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