The epic battles fought at Stalingrad and Kursk were pivotal events in the war on the Eastern Front. After the catastrophic failure of the German offensives of 1942 and 1943, the Wehrmacht was forced onto the defensive. Never again would it regain the initiative against the seemingly inexhaustible forces of the Red Army. But how did this decisive shift in the balance of military power on the Eastern Front come about? This question has intrigued historians ever since.
In this original and thought-provoking new study Geoffrey Jukes reconstructs Soviet strategy and operations at Stalingrad and Kursk in vivid detail. He looks behind the scenes at the workings of the Soviet high command, at the roles played by the principal Red Army generals, and at the overriding influence of Stalin himself. There is an equally acute insight into German war aims and military planning as Hitler's armies geared themselves up to launch a sequence of massive offensives that would have a decisive impact on the outcome of the war.
This authoritative and highly readable reassessment of the turning point in the war on the Eastern Front is a major contribution to the debate about the reasons for the military defeat of Nazi Germany.
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About the Author
Dr Geoffrey Jukes was a leading authority on the military history of Russia and the Soviet Union. For many years he worked for the British Ministry of Defence, and he taught at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Among his many publications were The Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905, The Soviet Union in Asia, Stalingrad, Defence of Moscow, The First World War: The Eastern Front 1914-1918, Kursk, The Second World War: Eastern Front 1941-1945 and Hitler's Stalingrad Decisions. He completed this book in 2010, shortly before he died.
Table of Contents
List of Plates ix
Chapter 1 Descent into Conflict 10
Chapter 2 'Industrialise or go under' 44
Chapter 3 'Stand Fast!' 76
Chapter 4 Victory at Stalingrad 115
Chapter 5 Germany under Pressure 142
Chapter 6 The Battle for Kursk 179
Notes and Sources 229