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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.Read more
- 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
Reviews & endorsements
'[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 SymposiumSee more reviews
'… 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
'In The Red Army and the Second World War, historian Alexander Hill (Univ. of Calgary) has produced an exceedingly lucid treatment of the development and employment of the Red Army before and during the Great Patriotic War. Transformation is the book's unifying narrative thread.' Timothy Heck, Michigan War Studies Review
'The Red Army and the Second World War is meticulously researched, including among its sources an extensive number of Soviet and Russian sources, including diaries, memoirs, interviews, and eyewitness accounts. Hill adroitly includes concise accounts of the war's dozens of operations and battles that, together with his insightful analysis, will make this a valuable single-volume resource for all those seeking to expand their understanding of this still-evolving narrative of this crucial period in military, European, and Russian history.' Mark J. Conversino, H-War
'Alexander Hill's Red Army and the Second World War is both a remarkable scholarly account of the Eastern Front and a valuable addition to our understanding of the Red Army and its evolution as a military machine.' Christopher C. Lovett, The Journal of Military History
'The Red Army and the Second World War is a must-have addition to the library of serious students of the Eastern Front.' Reina Pennington, Parameters
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- Date Published: June 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: Available
Table of Contents
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
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
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