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  • By Tom Hughes
    Dec 9, 2016
    The Soviet (Russian) volumes are as good as ever! Incredibly detailed TOEs and OOBs on every type of Soviet unit imaginable. In addition, the author has gone to great lengths to show the actual strength of each Soviet unit in each district at the start of the campaign, and even a brief history of what happened to each major unit. The book is littered with references; both published and unpublished, and from English and Russian sources. As in the German related volumes, Askey has crammed a massive amount of amazing detail into this book. This series remains head and shoulders above anything else out there on Operation Barbarossa (and for that matter, the vast majority of WWII works). I believe it will set a very high ‘bench mark’ by which all other military studies of WWII are measured for many years to come.
  • By John Harrison
    Nov 23, 2016
    Remarkably, in my opinion, Volume IIIA is arguably even better than the (already exceptional) Volume IIA on German forces. Firstly, the Soviet weapons and other equipment is covered even more comprehensively. For example, there are even extensive sections on the Soviet motorcycle types used (as well as the numbers available and produced) and complete sections on each Red Army prime mover type! Secondly, the TOEs for all the Soviet ground forces are probably even more detailed than ever. For example, the personnel authorised in individual companies and battalions (in each division type) is shown, along with a detailed breakdown of the major units within the divisions. In addition, NKVD and PVO forces are included; one of the very few books covering these organizations in any real detail. Thirdly, Volume IIIA also includes the full order of battle of all the Soviet land forces on 22nd June 1941 (including a whole separate section on the NKVD), which is not included in the first volume... More > on German forces. Lastly, the author goes into incredible detail on the strength of the actual Red Army and NKVD forces in the Western USSR in June 1941. As usual, Askey goes to great lengths to footnote (and reference) everything wherever possible. Many of these ‘author-insights’ actually make for some of the most interesting reading. I have been an avid collector and reader of WWII books for many years, and I have no doubt that Volume IIIA (along with the upcoming second volume on the Soviet side) is the most comprehensive and complete book available anywhere on the Soviet forces used during Operation Barbarossa. It is literally years (or even decades) ahead of anything else out there on this topic. A very well-earned five stars.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781365453755
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Nigel Askey
Published
October 28, 2016
Language
English
Pages
718
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
4.21 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.26 wide x 11.69 tall
Product ID
22919158
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