The German siege and Soviet defense of Leningrad in World War II was an epic struggle in an epic war, a drama of heroism and human misery unmatched in the annals of modern warfare. While innumerable writers have dealt at length with the besieged city itself, David Glantz provides for the first time the definitive military history of the conflict waged beyond the city's borThe German siege and Soviet defense of Leningrad in World War II was an epic struggle in an epic war, a drama of heroism and human misery unmatched in the annals of modern warfare. While innumerable writers have dealt at length with the besieged city itself, David Glantz provides for the first time the definitive military history of the conflict waged beyond the city's borders.One of the first major Soviet cities threatened by the German blitzkrieg, Leningrad was as much a symbolic target as it was a strategic one for Adolf Hitler, who fully expected the birthplace of the Russian Revolution to be reduced to rubble quickly and with ease. The Red Army's ferocious defense of the city, however, made that impossible.Glantz digs deep to recount the full story of how these two military giants bludgeoned each other for nearly three years with a relentless barrage of offensives and counter-offensives designed to crush one another, in horrendous weather and a harsh terrain and with staggering loss of life on both sides. His richly detailed history shows how battles and campaigns were conceived, engaged, and resolved--including a half dozen or more "forgotten battles" that took place during the blockade.From a crazy quilt of military operations, Glantz reconstructs the border battles of June and July 1941; the little-known battles to liberate southern Leningrad oblast, including the battles for Luga, Narva, Pskov, and Ostrov; and the liberation of northern Leningrad oblast, comprising the Vyborg operation and failed attempts to invade Finland. He explains how these battles shaped the struggle for Leningrad and how they impacted other theaters of operation along the Eastern Front, eventually forcing the Germans into their long and costly retreat back toward Berlin.Glantz also provides insights into conditions within the city, adding new details to the horrors of the siege; sheds new light on partisan warfare in the countryside surrounding Leningrad; and corrects errors found in earlier works, revealing among other things the fate of those Soviet commanders who were purged or repressed because of their poor performance in battle.Based on an unparalleled access to Russian archival sources and going far beyond the military aspects of such renowned works as Harrison Salisbury's 900 Days, Glantz's book is a testament to the nearly two million Russians who lost their lives during the Leningrad conflict and confirms his status as the preeminent authority on the Russian military experience in World War II....
|Title||:||The Battle for Leningrad, 1941-1944|
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The Battle for Leningrad, 1941-1944 Reviews
Oof, this is a beast. A thick, dense, impenetrable beast. Almost impossible to read if you're trying to go at it casually - but it is invaluable if you know what you're doing. This book emphasizes a lot on the Soviet side, and you'll get a lot of information here than nobody else even considers.1) The desperate suicidal attacks in 1941 were able to prevent the Germans from taking the city by winter. Supplies over Lake Ladoga and beneficial terrain helped further advances.2) The siege conditions from 1941-44 basically tied down all of German Army Group North and prevented these troops from assisting with the capture of Moscow or Stalingrad.3) By 1944, the Soviets had improved their tactics, including the use of strategic deception, or masirovka, to drive back the Germans and destroy the majority of their armies by June of that year.Impressive discussion of tactical and strategic history. If you can pick out information from the sea of unit names(The 237th, 259th and 301st Rifle divisions attacked at Zherlosiugorsk from 21st September at 0300 hours using KV-1 tanks until...), you'll find a lively analysis.Recommended For Specialists Only. Not your typical Enemy at the Gates fare.
Highly detailed analysis : As with most of the David Glantz's books this is a highly detailed analysis of the situation Leningrad found itself in throughout the Second World War on the Eastern Front. At times day by day accounts of unit movements and operations will make it a bit difficult to follow what was happening but it shouldn't take away from the fact that so much was going on from 1941 when the siege of the city began to 1944 when it was finally broken. Interestingly enough on my last visit to Russia (summer of 2005) I was in St. Petersburg and our guide told us that Stalin did not give any help to the city rather letting them hold on with the forces available on hand. Rather odd to think this is true when taking account of the 'Road of Life' over Lake Ladoga and the amount of reinforcements that were being brought in. This book will put that myth to rest. There were countless attempts to relieve the city and keep the Germans pinned, losses were high on both sides and to a large degree much of the front was static warfare. This book is a dense study of practically each and every operation undertaken by the Red Army and the results which they brought. It is given from the Soviet point of view as are all Glantz books but that shouldn't take away from the fact that it is highly factual with many sources including archival to back up everything that is presented. A good companion to this book might be "Hitler's Spanish Legion" which served in the region this book is focused on, that book will the reader a greater understanding of what was happening with individual soldiers on the front line from the German side (although these are Spanish soldiers and the book is somewhat biased for the German side, so a nice rounding out effect to Glantz's work). The reader will understand how devastating round the clock attacks were for the German Army and how eventually the enemy was beaten (to a degree by attrition and to a degree by other means).
This is an epic book when it comes to the detail and depth in which the author David Glantz tells the history surrounding the siege of Leningrad in WW2. Mr Glantz is an acknowledged authority on eastern front history and he is one of several historians that were able to take advantage of Soviet archival records once they were opened for scholars to delve into after the fall of the Soviet Union. The sheer detail and amount of material Mr Glantz presents can be over whelming, the appendices, notes, and bibliography alone are 120+ pages, and it makes reading this book not for the novice history buff. You need a good grounding in the basics of the military history of WW2 eastern front and a good map for all the areas he covers. Mr Glantz is a retired Colonel of the US Army and that experience is evident in his writing style which is spare, full of facts, and to the point and yet he still is able to convey the unbelieveable human cost of this conflict through the sheer amount of information he presents. This is not for anyone to read but if you have a strong interest in WW2 eastern front military history there is no one better to learn from then David Glantz.
Where most books on the subject deal with the hardships faced by the population, this book gives an excruciatingly detailed look at the military actions right down to company level. It was hard slogging through it due to the detail and my unfamiliarity with Russian names but well worth the read.
Couldn't finish this one. Glantz at his driest - a compiliation of facts and statistics presented chronologically. A fantastic reference, but no fun to read.