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  • By Nigel Askey
    Jun 19, 2016
    Editorial Review. “Askey’s book is totally unique. It provides the reader with a most valuable key to the understanding of the huge war on the Eastern Front during World War II. It is a goldmine of information that answers the many, many question that rise from reading other Eastern Front books. Nigel Askey also deserves praise for the very detailed source references, and the high quality of sources that he has used. When the whole series is completed, it is bound to become the major reference work on the Eastern Front on the same level as John Erickson and David Glantz. Without doubt, Askey’s work is a milestone, and an indispensable reference work on Operation Barbarossa for probably decades to come”. Christer Bergström, Author of Operation Barbarossa 1941: Hitler against Stalin (2016), Black Cross/Red Star: Air War over the Eastern Front (2000-2006), Kursk: The Air Battle (2008), Bagration to Berlin (2008), and other books on the Eastern Front.
  • By Andrew Illingworth
    Jun 21, 2015
    Volumes IIa and IIb – especially the former, which is the largest book – of Askey’s Barbarossa series covers the entire organisational and statistical approach to understanding the Wehrmacht at the outset of Operation Barbarossa. We’re talking about weapons, logistics, tables of equipment, orders of battle, distribution of military equipment throughout the Reich. EVERYTHING. If you want to know the history and technical details of each weapon in service with the Wehrmacht in 1941, read these volumes. If you want to know the technical efficiency of the German logistical effort for Operation Barbarossa (something which historians always criticise, unjustly), read these volumes. If you want to know the differing capabilities and qualities between the various German divisions deployed throughout the Reich in 1941 according to category (e.g. 1st Wave, 2nd Wave, 3rd Wave, etc. …) and authorised strength vs. actual strength, read these volumes. If you want to know the exact amount of tanks,... More > aircraft, howitzers, guns, trucks, cars and halftracks each German army group, air fleet or other independent theatre command (e.g. The Afrika Korps) had in June 1941, read these volumes. As well as setting the stage to understanding the sheer military and economic scale of what was arguably the most breathtaking military campaign in history, the statistical elements in Volume IIa and IIb are also essential in dispelling age-old myths that are still perpetuated by historians who ignore the mathematical method in drawing their conclusion. Critical reassessment of modern history’s greatest invasion by way of statistical analysis – what could be better? Another core theme present throughout the book is that numbers – such as amount of divisions a given military may possess in its order of battle and the arsenal of weapons at its disposal and its available manpower pool – do not (and as history has indeed witnessed in the initial phases of Operation Barbarossa) dictate outcomes; other factors such as strategy, training, experience, morale, leadership quality, communications and logistical efficiency also need to be acknowledge in assessing the overall effectiveness of an army. Indeed, all the information displayed in Volumes I, IIa and IIb (and those yet to be released), accumulated through a decade of research, is done with the intention of recreating a new and more accurate military simulation of the Operation Barbarossa scenario.< Less
  • By John Harrison
    Oct 4, 2014
    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 division type... More > 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
  • By Breaker Mccoy
    Mar 19, 2014
    Operation Barbarossa: the Complete Organizational and Statistical Analysis and Military Simulation. Volume IIA by Nigel Askey "When we stress the significance of the past, we have in mind, the necessity for a wise combination of conclusions from history with contemporary problems." That statement was written by Marshal of the Soviet Union, A. Grechko, then Minister of Defense of the Soviet Union, in the Military History Journal on the twentieth anniversary of the German invasion of the Soviet Union. He went on to say, "It is difficult to understand those comrades who underestimate the experience of the past and the significance of military history." In World War II, the gargantuan struggle between Germany and the Soviet Union reached epic proportions. Along the vast stretches of the “thousand mile” Eastern Front millions of Germans, and their allies, fought against even more millions of Russians during four years of bloody combat. The war on the Eastern Front,... More > determined who won World War II. Compared to the huge blood-letting and massive battles on the Eastern Front, the important efforts of the allies on the Western Front were of secondary importance. Nigel Askey has made a vast contribution to the most important aspect of World War II. Askey’s work opens up much more of the story of that time by presenting the massive amount of related facts in a manner that facilitates understanding. Perhaps World War II on the Eastern Front was the greatest war ever fought. A war of such dimensions requires descriptive data as great or greater. Nigel Askey has taken on this challenge and written a series of studies that will forever impact the understanding on those fiery and fast moving, early days of Operation Barbarossa (The invasion of Russia). Askey’s Volume IIA focuses on the most successful participant of the first months of war on the Eastern Front, the German Wehrmacht. He describes the German organization and weapons systems with acumen derived from years of research. Askey accurately identifies the importance of weapons system combat power, combined with important human elements or organizations, of the German Army, Waffen 55, Luftwaffe and security forces. Every student of World War II should make Askey’s Volume IIA study, the centerpiece of his military library. Breaker McCoy< Less
  • By sga
    Jan 12, 2014
    Very professional and original book about Barbarossa campaign. I recommend the book for the military history who are looking for the details, myself I found things which are not known before.
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First Edition
Nigel Askey
November 1, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
4.24 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.26 wide x 11.69 tall
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