Colossus Reborn: The Red Army at War, 1941-1943

TitleColossus Reborn: The Red Army at War, 1941-1943
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsGlantz, David M.
Number of Pages839
PublisherUniversity Press of Kansas

In "Stumbling Colossus," the precursor to this volume, the author explored why the Red Army was unprepared for the German blitzkrieg that nearly destroyed it and left more than 4 million of its soldiers dead by the end of 1941. In this volume, he recounts the miraculous resurrection of the Red Army, which, with a display of military strategy and operational prowess, stopped the Wehrmacht in its tracks and turned the tide of war. This volume illuminates not only Russian victories in the Battles of Moscow, Stalingrad, and Kursk, but also a host of major "forgotten battles," many of which had been suppressed to preserve reputations and national pride. Beyond the battles themselves, the author also presents an in-depth portrait of the Red Army as an evolving military institution. Assessing the army's size, strength, and force structure, he provides insights into its doctrine, strategy, tactics, weaponry, training, officer corps, and political leadership. In the process, be puts a human face on the Red Army's commanders and soldiers, including women and those who served in units - security (NKVD), engineer, railroad, auto-transport, construction, and penal forces - that have till now remained poorly understood.

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