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THE BATTLE OF MOSCOW 1941-42: The Red Army's Defensive Operations and Counter Offensive along the Moscow Strategic Direction

THE BATTLE OF MOSCOW 1941-42: The Red Army's Defensive Operations and Counter Offensive along the Moscow Strategic Direction
by Harrison, Richard

1-218200

New translation into English offers a detailed examination of the climax of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa. Includes 12 maps.

This work originally appeared in 1943, under the title 'Razgrom Nemetskikh Voisk pod Moskvoi' (The Rout of the German Forces around Moscow). The work was produced by the Red Army General Staff's military-historical section, which was charged with collecting and analyzing the war's experience and disseminating it to the army's higher echelons. This was a collective effort, featuring many different contributors, with Marshal Boris Mikhailovich Shaposhnikov, former chief of the Red Army General Staff and then head of the General Staff Academy, serving as general editor.

The book is divided into three parts, each dealing with a specific phase of the battle. The first traces the Western Front's defensive operations along the Moscow direction during Army Group Center's final push toward the capital in November-December, 1941. The study pays particular attention to the Red Army's resistance to the Germans' attempts to outflank Moscow from the north. Equally important were the defensive operations to the south of Moscow, where the Germans sought to push forward their other encircling flank.

The second part deals with the first phase of the Red Army's counteroffensive, which was aimed at pushing back the German pincers and removing the immediate threat to Moscow. Here the Soviets were able to throw the Germans back and flatten both salients, particularly in the south, where they were able to make deep inroads into the enemy front to the west and northwest.

The final section examines the further development of the counteroffensive until the end of January 1942. This section highlights the Soviet advance all along the front and their determined but unsuccessful attempts to cut off the Germans' Rzhev-Vyaz'ma salient. It is from this point that the front essentially stabilized, after which events shifted to the south.

1 vol, 476 pgs 2018 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
NEW-softcover, available mid October 2018 ......$60.00

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