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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Road to Stalingrad: The research alone is breathtaking.
Erickson has mastered all the Russian sources and compared them with the German records. He has shed light on many heretofore murky matters. A vividly detailed yet comprehensive account of the decisive Eastern-front battleground. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Road to Stalingradplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Road to Stalingrad. Lists with This Book. Sep 02, Mikey B. The last 2 chapters of this book are by far the best they constitute over pages. Prior, I feel, the author has a hard time distinguishing the trees from the forest and the forest from the trees. These chapters are filled with endless sentences like ” This approach makes for a very dry dissertation of the largest military conflict i Colossal conflict This approach makes for a very dry dissertation of the largest military conflict in recent history.
Nevertheless Erickson does not glorify nor glamourize the Red Army.
Stalin’s Russia was not only unprepared for this colossal conflict with the German armies, it was incompetently led. Stalin erckson killed off his officer corps by the end of the ‘s and was self-quarantined in the Kremlin listening only to advisors who told him what he wanted to hear.
Erickson is correct when he describes Stalin as the ‘top’ leader in the Soviet Union. Erickson’s description of Stalin and the decision-making process is interesting if concise. It is only in the last 2 chapters that the battle scenarios are well painted by Erickson, and one feels the horror of Dante’s inferno that existed in Stalingrad.
Why the German armies became entrapped in this cauldron of total destructiveness is unknowable, but it lead to their first major defeat in the Second World War aside from their aborted invasion ztalingrad Britain. Do not read this book for a glimpse of civilian life in either the German or Soviet zone.
There is no mention of the Einsazt-gruppen killing squads who butchered entire villages, or of Jewish life throughout German-occupied Soviet territory. This is “military history,” but when it does step out of that zone, it is interesting; and Erickson offers insights into both protagonists. Some maps would have been helpful there were none in my edition.
The Road to Berlin: The Road to Berlin is much like the first volume The Road to Stalingradbut the events, if possible, even over-shadow those of the first book; such as the battle of Kursk, the annexation of Eastern Europe under the Soviet yoke, and the fall of Berlin. Orchestrating all of this is the figure of Stalin. But much like the first volume there is a blur of details, i. Is it necessary to list all the Guard units, divisions, battalions, etc. Words like “hammer,” “break through,” etc.
Yet there are many rewards.
The Road To Stalingrad by John Erickson – Books – Hachette Australia
Erickson writes entirely from the Soviet perspective with no glorification of their overall role in the defeat of Nazi Germany. There are gems of dialogue between Stalin and his generals vividly illustrating the brutality edickson the regime.
Once it became apparent that the Nazis were to be expunged from the Soviet Union the next step was to occupy as much land as possible in Eastern Europe. With production in full swing by and an army numbering some 5 million entering Eastern Europe never mind the agreements at Yalta promising free elections in Poland or democratic self-determination for the countries liberated from Nazi domination ; Erickson discusses this country-by-country.
He also brings up the notorious Soviet stand-still in front Warsaw while the Nazis methodically routed and slaughtered Polish partisans. The Soviet army may have had to re-group, but they never told this to the Polish partisans. Do not read this book for details of the liberation of the concentration and death camps – it merits only a few sentences and there is even less on the treatment of Soviet citizens in areas occupied by Germany.
Also very little is said on the barbaric treatment meted out by Soviet troops once they entered “liberated zones. This book is written exclusively from the Russian Army point of view. I always wanted to read one that was extremely detailed on Soviet strategy and operations.
The author goes into fantastic descriptions of Soviet divisions, corps, and armies, yet without any maps, the overall picture of German Army groups and Soviet Fronts are completely lost to ericison. If I had not read other Eastern Front histories, I would have been efickson in the dark. I can only imagine the frustration of an This book is written exclusively from the Russian Army point of view. I can only imagine the frustration of anyone else picking up this book as a first-timer visiting the Russo-German War.
Great description, poor illustration. Dec 13, L rated it it was amazing Shelves: Well documented and concise but a map of the Soviet Union and prior readings of the roqd is raod recommended. There is much one can write of the soviet military and the war from Russian generals wanting to make unilateral treaties with Hitler to the Abwehr being innundated with Red moles, either may have explained some of Stalin’s choices. Either is a book in itself. As far as what this book focused upon, it stayed on path with military history and can almost be considered a reference book du Well documented and concise but a map of the Soviet Union and prior readings of the war is probably recommended.
As far as what this book focused upon, it stayed on path with military history and can almost be considered a reference book due its in depth discussion of strategy. You get to read how the Soviet Army was unprepared for the toad that hit them on June 22nd, It was in transition to a new organization that would make it more suitable for modern conflict.
The Germans however hit them before they were ready. Obviously Stalin had a big influence on the army and the way it was managed. Like Hitler he was obsessed by minutiae and his judgement was not always too sound. Officers were punished for giving up their positions, which were actually untenable, or they died trying. What makes this book interesting is that it also covers the inner workings of the Soviet Army and high command, the build-up to the partisan war, and the evacuation of the factories.
The rail lines were often stretched to the limit, but the fact that they succeeded in this evacuation and keeping production going is amazing. The book, volume one of two, ends at the Soviet counteroffensive to trap the German forces fighting in Stalingrad. The battles are covered in detail, the enormity of the front is made clear by the distances and numbers involved.
And here is where a weak point of the book, or at least this version, needs to be mentioned: You will know where Moscow, Leningrad and Stalingrad are located. But what about Rostov, Kiev, and Karkhov, especially when you want know how they are situated relatively.
Anyway, great and interesting book showing this monumental war from a different perspective. Sep 07, Dr.
The Road to Stalingrad: Stalin`s War with Germany
Abhijit rated it it was amazing. Dec 19, Owen rated it really liked it Recommended to Owen by: Erickson has done an incredible amount of research, and is refreshingly frank in presenting his own opinions along side the historic facts. His accounts of the diplomatic meetings between Soviet and British leaders are particularly great, giving you a clear picture of everyone’s agendas and motivations before taking you into the smoke filled rooms to witness the big decisions being reached.
Early on the book does occasionally bog down under the weight of all the statistics he presents you with i Erickson has done an incredible amount of research, and is refreshingly frank in presenting his own opinions along side the historic facts.
Early on the book does occasionally bog down under the weight of all the statistics he presents you with in the process of setting the stage, and you will want to have a map or three of Soviet Russia handy for reference since there are none in the book, but it’s by far the best and most complete treatment of the subject that Erjckson found so far. Mar 12, James rated it really liked it Shelves: A very thorough book of an important part of military history.
John Erickson is meticulous and detailed in his research and given the book was first published in the s during the height of the Cold War the information that John presents is all the more insightful. One let down is the complete lack of maps. I find good maps greatly enhance a military history work and in part A very thorough book of an important part of military history.
I find good maps greatly enhance a military history work and in particular a book like this really needs them to further emphasis the sheer scale of this conflict. Jul 15, Scott rated it it was amazing. An outstanding recounting the years leading up to June 22,and then through the Soviet tide-turning victory at Stalingrad in sgalingrad, as seen from the Soviet side. Well worth reading if you want a very different look at World War 2, and an area of it largely unknown tk people in the US.
The Soviets really won World War 2, not the West. Nov 01, Stephen Hackney rated it liked it Shelves: Described ericksoj macro view of the events.
Burdensome and ponderous at times, though. But all-in-all, an excellent historical account in its depth and accuracy. Jan 04, Rick rated it liked it Shelves: If you want a nice overview of WWII on the eastern front, find another book.