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  • By John Harrison
    May 1, 2018
    Volume IIA. An outstanding piece of work, and a refreshingly original (and objective) approach. The author first examines all the main weapons used by the Germans in the campaign and provides a thorough mathematical treatment of each weapon’s inherent effectiveness (including aircraft). A brief history is provided for most weapon types to give context, and the discourse also enables the reader to gain a good idea of how the weapon was used and an understanding of the tactics employed. The bulk of the book then focuses on the detailed organisation of the German ground units used in Barbarossa. The level of detail shown is simply stunning, and in this regard it is years ahead of anything else published on this subject in one volume. It is like having a huge compendium on this subject from many different books and archives. Every division is treated separately, with a full page table showing details down to company, platoon and even squad level. All organisation variations within each... More > division type are shown (for each division), and where possible the author also shows the actual equipment available in the early stages of Barbarossa. The tables are easy to read and understand (unlike many on this subject), and each table is thoroughly referenced with footnotes (as is the whole book). Apart from the divisions, the author also goes into detail on all the separate support units used in the campaign in 1941. These include: all German Army corps and army units, MP units, security guard and militia units, construction units, Luftwaffe flak units, railroad units, etc (the list goes on). As an example, this book contains the only serious treatment of German railroad engineer and construction units supporting Barbarossa that I have seen, which is remarkable when one considers how vital they were to the supply of the German forces in the East. Overall I would say this exceptional series is not for the casual reader of WWII history, or someone unfamiliar with the background of the East Front in WWII. It is for the East Front aficionado, or someone already possessing reasonable knowledge of the campaign. It is for those tired of reading the same reiterated and often unsupported statements regarding Operation Barbarossa, and for those interested in the serious and factual detail of the campaign in the East.< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
Nigel Askey
February 22, 2018
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
4.24 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.26 wide x 11.69 tall
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