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Barbarossa Unleashed [PDF] ✩ Barbarossa Unleashed ✭ Craig W.H. Luther – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk This book examines in unprecedented detail the advance of Germany's Army Group Center through central Russia toward Moscow in the summer of 1941 followed by brief accounts of the Battle of Moscow and This book examines in unprecedented detail the advance of Germany's Army Group Center through central Russia toward Moscow in the summer of followed by brief accounts of the Battle of Moscow and subseuent winter battles into early Based on hundreds of veterans accounts archival documents and exhaustive study of the pertinent primary and secondary literature the book offers new insights into Operation Barbarossa Adolf Hitlers attack on Soviet Russia in June While the book meticulously explores the experiences of the German soldier in Russia in the cauldron battles along the Minsk Smolensk Moscow axis it places their experiences suarely within the strategic and operational context of the Barbarossa campaign Controversial subjects such as the culpability of the German eastern armies in war crimes against the Russian people are also examined in detail This book is the most detailed account to date of virtually all aspects of the German soldiers experiences in Russia in ReviewsBy exploiting a wide range of new sources and fresh archival based interpretations Craig Luther s new book offers refreshingly new perspectives on Hitler s Operation Barbarossa through the eyes of German soldiers and their commanders This book is one of the first if not the first one to show the war through the prism of soldiers eyes Col David GlantzTo understand Operation Barbarossa and the generation that fought it one must read this book Craig Luther tells a story that uniuely balances history from above and history from below by pulling together existing literature original archival material and a mass of private sources This is high class operational history full of illuminating details and stimulating ideas put in its proper political and strategic context A work of outstanding scholarship Dr Juergen Foerster University of FreiburgCraig Luther does everything everyone else covering Barbarossa's early days has done only in detail and with a strong comparative analytical element He integrates aspects that are increasingly compartmentalized by other authors of the Russo German war In particular Luther balances admirably the Wehrmacht as an instrument of war and an instrument of genocide And he documents the war's human face as well again without the pathos of a Paul Carell or the self exculpation of so many Landser memoirs Dr Dennis Showalter Colorado CollegeTo understand Operation Barbarossa and the generation that fought it one must read this book Craig Luther tells a story that uniuely balances history from above and history from below by pulling together existing literature original archival material and a mass of private sources This is high class operational history full of illuminating details and stimulating ideas put in its proper political and strategic context A work of outstanding scholarship Dr Juergen Foerster University of FreiburgCraig Luther does everything everyone else covering Barbarossa's early days has done only in detail and with a strong comparative analytical element He integrates aspects that are increasingly compartmentalized by other authors of the Russo German war In particular Luther balances admirably the Wehrmacht as an instrument of war and an instrument of genocide And he documents the war's human face as well again without the pathos of a Paul Carell or the self exculpation of so many Landser memoirs Dr Dennis Showalter Colorado CollegeTo understand Operation Barbarossa and the generation that fought it one must read this book Craig Luther tells a story that uniuely balances history from above and history from below by pulling together existing literature original archival material and a mass of private sources This is high class operational history full of illuminating details and stimulating ideas put in its proper political and strategic context A work of outstanding scholarship Dr Juergen Foerster University of FreiburgCraig Luther does everything everyone else covering Barbarossa's early days has done only in detail and with a strong comparative analytical element He integrates aspects that are increasingly compartmentalized by other authors of the Russo German war In particular Luther balances admirably the Wehrmacht as an instrument of war and an instrument of genocide And he documents the war's human face as well again without the pathos of a Paul Carell or the self exculpation of so many Landser memoirs Dr Dennis Showalter Colorado CollegeTo understand Operation Barbarossa and the generation that fought it one must read this book Craig Luther tells a story that uniuely balances history from above and history from below by pulling together existing literature original archival material and a mass of private sources This is high class operational history full of illuminating details and stimulating ideas put in its proper political and strategic context A work of outstanding scholarship Dr Juergen Foerster University of FreiburgCraig Luther does everything everyone else covering Barbarossa's early days has done only in detail and with a strong comparative analytical element He integrates aspects that are increasingly compartmentalized by other authors of the Russo German war In particular Luther balances admirably the Wehrmacht as an instrument of war and an instrument of genocide And he documents the war's human face as well again without the pathos of a Paul Carell or the self exculpation of so many Landser memoirs Dr Dennis Showalter Colorado College.


10 thoughts on “Barbarossa Unleashed

  1. Chris Buckham Chris Buckham says:

    Title Barbarossa UnleashedAuthor Craig W H LutherISBN 978 0 7643 4376 6Publisher SchifferYear 2013HardcoverPages 712Photographsmaps 18523 handout The number of books written about the German invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941 is legion Thus it is that in order to stand out a book must have some aspect of it that makes it uniue from the others; Luther's book has two The first focuses upon the build up to Barbarossa; not just the political and operational planning that has been well covered but the logistical detail and execution Secondly he limits and I use the term loosely given the detail of the book his narrative to the operations of Army Group Centre and its drive on Moscow This narrowing of the scope of Luther's book highlights for the reader the immense challenges associated with Barbarossa and most importantly from a learning perspective what was done well by both the Soviet's and Germans and what was notLogistics is not an exciting field of military operations and planning and many of the histories of Barbarossa while acknowledging it pay only a cursory nod to the critical role that it played as well as the amount of work it took to execute as well as plan effectively Luther does not do this; dedicating a full uarter of his work to the German planning pre deployment and deployment phases of the operation The sheer numbers and complexity of the buildup and movement of the forces involved for Army Group Centre alone is staggering well over 127000 tons of ammunition 52000 tons of fuel 45800 tons of rations these values euated to 20 days of supply only millions of men and horses vehicles and euipment from across Europe in secret to staging areas along the SovietGerman border The movement tables for the railway system show hundreds of trains flowing the resources east; a five phased operation over a period February to June and entailing over 220 trains per day at its peak Luther has done an excellent job highlighting this phenomenal success and providing an appreciation of the scope distance and complexity of this undertakingHe also goes beyond simply the reiteration of fact and provides the reader with an analysis of why the Germans arrived at the planning assumptions that they did and how that ultimately affected the outcome of the operation He draws clear and concise lines of evaluation between a decision at the planning stage and its trickle down effect through the operational and tactical levels of execution He also emphasizes the flexibility of the German support system with his discussion of the last minute decision to move 8 Air Corps across the lines of deployment This decision to change the operational area of this massive organization over 8000 vehicles alone had the potential to derail the entire eastern deployment; that it did not was testament to the capability of the German logistics system Luther has drawn upon an extensive series of sources from both the Soviet and German archives as well as a massive amount of secondary sources Each chapter is provided with its own end notes thereby facilitating uick and timely review by the reader As he transitions from the build up to the execution phase of the campaign it is interesting that he maintains the balance between the frontline operations the growing logistical challenges and the impact of the continued dysfunction between the strategic priorities of Hitler and those of OKW His writing style seamlessly flows between these aspects and he brings a critical eye to his evaluation of the impacts of these challengesHis focus is upon the German onslaught to the gates of Moscow but he does incorporate into his study an analysis of the strengths and weakness of the Soviet military and its operational capacities In doing so he provides a clear control line for the reader in terms of an evaluation of the capabilities of the adversariesThe book itself is a very healthy tome Included with it are a series of operational maps in German of the various periods leading up to the December battles outside of Moscow The production value of the book is high and the text easily readable Luther has written a comprehensive and deeply analytical study of the lead up launch and task execution of Army Group Centre in the monumental Barbarossa operation This could be a very dry and dusty recitation of statistics and movements; however he avoids this through a dynamic and engaging style that incorporates both an operational canvas and personal facets for the soldiers involved His review of the logistics challenges married with the flawed intelligence and planning assumptions and evaluations go far in explaining how and why the Germans reached the zenith of their offensive capability literally at the gates of Moscow Highly recommended as a an addition to any library on the Second World Warwwwthemilitaryreviewerblogspotcom


  2. Ilya Slavutskiy Ilya Slavutskiy says:

    This is essentially an ode to the German soldier in the East with nods to various trends in academia tacked on probably to make it seem sophisticated White washing of the Germans and bashing of the Soviets in all kinds of ways is ubiuitous To his credit the author does make clear that the original material in this book is based almost exclusively on German sources and accounts and that he does not pretend to present a complete picture Pretty entertaining and makes a valiant effort to incorporate a wide spectrum of historiography but clumsy haphazard and one sided Do not expect a rigorous academic well structured analysis Do expect in depth battle narrative and a lot of German soldier accounts Hard to take the bulk of this book seriously unless you share the author's mythologized view of the noble and fundamentally decent German soldier who was fighting evil expansionist Communism


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