In June 1941 the Wehrmacht launched Operation Barbarossa: the attack on the USSR and the largest land invasion in recorded history. Operation Barbarossa: the Complete Organisational and Statistical Analysis, and Military Simulation focuses on 1941 - when the USSR came closest to defeat. It includes full analyses of the belligerents’ armed forces, weapons, equipment, personnel, transport, logistics, war-production, mobilisation and replacements. The work employs a unique military simulation methodology, extending from the tactical to the strategic level, and applies this methodology to each of the belligerents. Volume I, the first of six volumes, is primarily concerned with the structure of this methodology, but uses many of the events and weapons from Operation Barbarossa as illustrative case studies. The complete work represents the most historically accurate, advanced and comprehensive analysis of the first six months of the largest and most decisive military campaign of WWII.
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By Breaker Mccoy
Feb 21, 2014
Operation Barbarossa: Volume I is an excellently researched approach to the German invasion (some say, a pre-emptive strike) of the USSR, in June, 1941 (Operation Barbarossa). It is a unique and highly valuable contribution to the constantly growing publication pool of World War II’s most important war theater. Operation Barbarossa: Volume I consists of reader-friendly text written in plain English that is well-organized in order to facilitate understanding. Sub-headings break the chapters down into convenient slices. The book’s academic and mathematical origins should not deter any reader because it is both readable and user friendly. Volume I’s subtitle, “the Complete Organizational and Statistical Analysis and Military Simulation” seems incredible, considering all of the research already invested in the subject. However, the study focuses upon the period 22 June to 31 December 1941, arguably a very important time frame for understanding what occurred thereafter. There is no doubt... More > that the work is so well done that it will cause many readers to proclaim: “Now I understand.” I know of no other World War II author or researcher who could have done a better job than Mr. Askey. He has deftly accomplished the objectives that he set for each volume of his work. Volume I is a fascinating collage of researched facts massaged by statistical analysis and an accompanying military simulation methodology. In effect, the author is providing the reader with a systematic process for evaluating, comparing, and concluding through the reader’s own analysis of facts. The work includes an analytical and quantitative based methodology for creating a model of a nation’s armed forces in wars, campaigns and/or battles. By comparing such models of warring protagonists, cross referenced by the manipulation of objective parameters, new analysis can be devised based on solid and codified decisions. The most brilliant aspect of the Askey historical paradigm is the fact that what he includes in his material can be understood and utilized without the reader having to learn mathematical or arcane computer formulas. In that respect, it also provides a useful introduction to simulations.< Less
This first volume is an overview of the entire series. Even more than that it explains in detail the methods used to calculate the attributes of the myriad weapons systems involved in Barbarossa in a way that they can then be applied to any simulation of the opening campaign of the Great Patriotic War. This series is a must have for any persons interested in this campaign because of the breadth and depth of the materials presented. This reader knows of no other place where so much information is available in one single place in such detail for both Axis and Soviet sides. A true treasure trove of information at any cost. Well earned five stars.
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