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  • By Nigel Askey
    Jun 19, 2016
    Editorial Review. "An extremely useful resource to military historians seeking detailed assessments of the armed forces on the Russian Front in 1941. They are based on extensive archival research, and provide a level of detail far beyond that found in conventional military histories. Even for Russian Front specialists, they provide a valuable synthesis of data that is otherwise scattered through specialist studies and archival resources, and they offer an unprecedented data-base for military historians studying the 1941 Barbarossa campaign". Steven Zaloga, Journal of Slavic Military Studies.
  • 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 Tom Hughes
    Oct 17, 2014
    Volume IIB (the second volume covering the German forces and war effort in 1941) is another incredibly detailed volume in this series on Operation Barbarossa. The author has, literally, crammed a huge amount of amazing detail into these books. The OOBs (orders of battle) are by far the most comprehensive and detailed I have ever seen in regards to any study of any campaign during WWII. All the ground, air and naval forces are included. In addition, there is a huge amount of information presented on almost all the other aspects of the war in Russia during this period. These include aspects such as the availability of weapons and personnel, war production, replacements, supply and logistics, transport and casualties (to name a few). However, the author goes a step further than just presenting data: in many cases the chapters include analyses (coupled with a lot of insight) into why the Germans made certain strategic and operational decisions, and if or/and why they were probably... More > mistakes. In the process a lot of the assumptions and associated falsehoods surrounding Operation Barbarossa are questioned, and in some cases they do not stand up to close scrutiny. The author also includes very extensive footnote citations throughout the work, with around six hundred of them in this volume alone! An extensive bibliography of unpublished and published sources is also provided. All in all, an outstanding work with few (if any) equals, and well worth the price tag. Anyone who wants to be taken seriously, as an informed person on the Eastern Front in WWII, will have to get a copy of these books.< Less
  • By Delmar Bechtold
    Oct 17, 2014
    Operation Barbarossa Volume IIB continues the series in the same impeccable manner as the first two volumes. The foundation for this final volume of the German side is well laid out in the previous volumes. In Volume IIB you will find the complete OOB for Operation Barbarossa as well as the entire Third Reich. Replacements, casualties, equipment losses and a vast amount of other data is made available. Also in this volume the Luftwaffe receives a thorough coverage as well as the Kriegsmarine in the Baltic. All in all these volumes are more complete in their coverage of all German forces at the time of Barbarrosa as you would find anywhere. A must have.
  • By John Harrison
    Oct 4, 2014
    At last (and long overdue)! A complete and very detailed Order of Battle for the German ground, air and naval forces involved in Operation Barbarossa in 1941! Not only that, but the author includes the complete OOBs for the Wehrmacht forces on all Western fronts as well (including in France and North Africa). As with the previous volume, the level of detail is stunning. The OOBs are clearly presented with double page tables for each Army or Air-Fleet, and even the smallest (independent) units are included. For the ground-forces the OOBs include German Army corps and army units, MP units, security-guard and militia units, construction units, all types of engineer and bridging units, Luftwaffe ground (flak) units, various types of railroad units, etc, etc. For the Luftwaffe the OOBs include aircraft strengths (and readiness) and types, and include virtually unknown air-units such as ‘courier squadrons’ and ‘ambulance flights’. The level of detail is such that the German ground forces... More > OOB, alone, takes up around 50 pages! The book also examines (in extreme detail) the German war effort in relation to supporting Operation Barbarossa. This includes the personnel, weapons (including tanks and aircraft) and motorised transport available at the start, and those produced during the campaign. Other areas covered include the supply and logistics of the army in the east, replacements and mobilisation (including a whole chapter on the Replacement Army), and detail on the various types of casualties sustained. As with the previous volumes in this series, this book is for those wanting the detailed facts about the war in Russia during WWII, and is not for the casual reader of military history. As a scholar of WWII history (with a bookshelf full of books on the Russian Front), I am finally convinced that this series will likely represent the definitive work on Operation Barbarossa for some time. If the upcoming volumes relating to the Soviet forces are as comprehensive as those relating to the Axis forces, then this series will be without peer (at least in my lifetime).< Less
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First Edition
Nigel Askey
August 26, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
2.47 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.26 wide x 11.69 tall
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