Operation Barbarossa: the Complete Organisational and Statistical Analysis, and Military Simulation Volume IIIA
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Volume IIIA relates to the Soviet armed forces, mobilisation and war-economy during 1941. All significant Soviet weapon systems and combat squads used in the campaign are analysed, along with a contextual history. An assessment of each weapon system’s inherent ‘combat power’ is provided, as well as attributes such as the relative anti-tank and anti-personnel values. Volume IIIA then focuses on the detailed Shtaty (TOEs) for all the Soviet land unit types fielded during 1941. All significant units in the RKKA (Red Army), VVS, VMF, PVO and NKVD are included; ranging from the largest mechanised corps and tank divisions, down to small mortar battalions and NKVD security companies. Also included are the most detailed Orders of Battle ever published on the Red Army, PVO and NKVD forces in June 1941. Even small and obscure units are included down to battalion and company level. Lastly, Volume IIIA examines in detail every unit’s actual personnel and equipment in each... More > of the USSR’s Western Military Districts.< Less
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Dec 9, 2016The 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 The book is littered with references; both published and unpublished, and from English and Russian sources.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.
Nov 23, 2016Remarkably, 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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- Nigel Askey (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Nigel Askey
- October 28, 2016
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 4.21 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 8.26 wide x 11.69 tall
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