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From the Don to the Dnepr: Soviet Offensive Operations, December 1942 - August 1943 (Cass Series on Soviet (Russian) Military Experience) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Februar 1991


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In mid-December 1942, after encircling the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad, Soviet forces in southern Russia began a series of offensive operations which continued unabated into February 1943. In these offensives the Soviet High Command attempted to smash German resistance and encircle the bulk of two German army groups. For two months the German forces struck back. In a well co-ordinated counterstroke they inflicted a major operational defeat on the Soviets and stabilized the front until the summer. The two-month period of Soviet offensive activity during the winter of 1942-1943 saw the Red Army test new operational and tactical techniques and experiment with forces and methods for conducting mobile armoured warfare. Through victory and defeat the Red Army learnt its lesson well. Out of this period, and the three month period of relative calm that followed, emerged the new Red Army, which would defeat blitzkreig at Kursk and would achieve two years of virtually uninterrupted battlefield success, culminating in their defeat of Nazi Germanu.

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A very good and detailed account of Russian Front operations 5. April 2000
Von Otavio Maia Chelotti - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
"From the Don to the Dnepr" is a very detailed operational account, primarily from the Russian point of view, of offensive Soviet operations on the Southern Front in the period after the encirclement of Stalingrad to the post-Kursk offensive to retake Kharkov.
As usual in Glantz's books the level of detail is very impressive, especially when one considers that, due to the age of the book, it was written with relatively less access to Soviet sources. The OBs presented, for instance, lack the thoroughness that one has come to expect in his latest books.
On the other hand, it is drier and more "professional" in approach, without the somewhat irritating flights of rethoric or use of hackneyed expressions that sometimes afflict his latest work, in special "Operation Mars" and "The Battle for Kursk". Maps are somewhat rudimentary, but much more plentiful and easier to read than in the books mentioned above.
The book is esential reading for anyone interested in the history of the Russian Front, especially as it covers in great detail a period that tends to be overshadowed by Stalingrad and Kursk.
Incidentally, it is worth mentioning that Operation Rumyantsev, the Soviet counterattack after the defeat of the German offensive at Kursk, is covered in far greater detail in this book than in his subsequent work.
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A balance of detail and readability unsurpassed 30. September 2003
Von G. B. Caygill - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Glantz draws extensively, but not exclusively on Soviet sources, and gives detailed strategic and operational overview of the fighting in the Don area after Stalingrad. What I appreciated most was the detail in the perspective of situations facing the Germans and Russians, and where their planning differed in both time scale and flexibility. How Manstein managed to achieve a counteroffensive move whilst STAVKA still interpreted the moves as a withdrawl to the Dnepr is instructive.
The style used in this work is slightly less exhaustive than that used in Kursk and the better for it. Best estimates for the ground forces of both sides are given, but it would have been desirable to mention air assets and sortie information also (this is hardly a criticsm as this information is almost never included in WW2 studies).
Overall one of the best works on the development of operations on the Eastern Front showing understanding of the problems facing both sides.
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Four Soviet offensives stemming from the victory at Stalingrad, May 26, 2009 27. Mai 2009
Von Dave Schranck - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This book covers four Soviet offensives which were instigated from the stunning victory at Stalingrad. The Soviets were riding high and feeling confident from the encirclement of 6th Army at Stalingrad and these ambitious plans reflect this new pride. On the other hand, the Germans were at their lows and fighting for their lives and their fortitude is also commendable for their stiff resistance they were still able to exert against the superior Soviet forces.
In each of these battles the Germans were outnumbered but continued to put up stiff resistance. The Soviets had the advantage but only won partial victories, unable to achieve all their goals. If you've read Glantz before, you will know the coverage is from the Russian perspective but the German side is still fairly well represented. I especially liked the amount of time given to Manstein's planning and execution of his Kharkov Counter-offensive of late February and early March. The July defense against Operation Citadel is omitted but the Soviet post Citadel offensive is included in the author's last campaign.
Due to the many units that were involved on both sides plus the complicated deployments around the key towns and rivers and the give and take of battle, this book will take your undivided attention to get the most from it. I just completed reading it for the second time and have a greater appreciation of the author's efforts. If it wasn't for the maps which I couldn't read, it would have received five stars.

The first operation which started in mid December 1942 is LITTLE SATURN. It had several objectives: Complete the destruction of Rumanian and Italian Armies, Eliminate the resupply of Stalingrad by capturing the airfields at Tatsinskaya and Morozousk, Complete the clearing of the Don-Chir River sector, Block and destroy any relief effort. The Soviets were partially successful by penetrating the Axis defenses and inflicting heavy losses on its allies. The Soviets also stopped the relief attempt but it failed to capture the airfields.

The second operation which started in late January 1943 is GALLOP. Vatutin advanced through Starobelsk toward Mariupol to clear German resistance from Donbas. Initially he succeeded but Manstein counterattacked, pushing the Russians back beyond their start point.

The third operation which started in early February is STAR. Golikov's Voronezh Front was assigned to capture Kharkov. The battle lasted almost 2 months but due to hasty planning, execution and logistic problems, the operation failed for the Red Army.

The last operation which started in August is RUMYANTSEV. This is a second attempt to take Belgorod-Kharkov. Belgorod fell to the Red Army after 3 days of bitter fighting but Kharkov turned into a battle of attrition. After weeks of fighting, the German defenders could see that winning was not possible so on Aug 22, they evacuated the city falling back to the Dnepr River. This campaign has the greatest coverage being 145 pages in length. The scale of the maps in this campaign is a little better and more easier read than the other campaign maps.
Another interesting aspect that runs throughout the book and is especially shown in this operation is the Soviet's improvements in their organization structure and their phased battle tactics. These same battle tactics will be deployed for the rest of the war and will prove to be one of the important factors for their victory.

In each of these battles the Germans were outnumbered but continued to put up stiff resistance. The Soviets had the advantage but only won partial victories. If you've read Glantz before, you will know the coverage is from the Russian perspective. The July defense against Operation Citadel is omitted.

The chapter format is logical and typical Glantz:
Strategic and Operational Context
Area of Operation
Opposing Forces
Army Planning
Conduct of the Offensive
Counterattack Stage
Conclusions.

The preliminary sections greatly help the reader understand the environment and pre-conditions, allowing for an easier assimilation of the battle.

In the Appendix Mr Glantz lists the Order of Battle for these operations which can be useful. I referred to his appendix numerous times to help refresh my memory as to which divisions belonged to which corps or Army. The book also has 74 black and white maps that are divided among the four offensives that shows the progress of the different Fronts in pushing the Germans back. The maps are simple but potentially effective if you can read the small print. It looks to me the publisher reduced the original maps to fit the page with the result that many of us will find it difficult to read the maps and follow the action. There are also 29 photos, most showing Soviet officers and activity. The book closes with a Notes section with Russian, German and English sources and an Index that will help you find cities, rivers and units. I would give this book 4.5 stars with a small deductions for less than ideal maps.

This is an important transitional period in the war where the Soviets begin to take the offensive and anybody interested in military aspects of this time period or sector will benefit from this book. Its highly recommended.
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For Serious Operational Level Gearheads 21. März 2013
Von CampbellGuy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This is an earlier Glantz work and does not display a captivating writing style, more a recitation of move and counter move by primarily division-sized units coupled with a look into the Soviet planning process for each of the operations under study. If you are not REALLY into East front combat and have primarily read narrative history this volume is likely not your cup of tea. If, however, you enjoy operational level detail and want to know more about the post-Stalingrad Soviet offensives then there are plenty of nuggets in here. My only big issue is that in my softbound version the maps are too small and difficult to read, a serious drawback given that he has a new map every few pages/days of operation.
Must have, great author 29. März 2014
Von scott bailey - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
The author brings to light the massive amount of military might the russian deployed against the german military. The book describs combat at every level of the front. One of the better written books showing the hardship that the german impacted on the russian even in defeat. One gets the best impression that it was not only onesided for the russians. This operation inflicted numerous casualties on the russian.
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