At the end of September 1941, more than a million German soldiers lined up along the frontline just 180 miles west of Moscow. They were well trained, confident, and had good reasons to hope that the war in the East would be over with one last offensive. Facing them was an equally large Soviet force, but whose soldiers were neither as well trained nor as confident. When the Germans struck, disaster soon befell the Soviet defenders. German panzer spearheads cut through enemy defenses and thrust deeply to encircle most of the Soviet soldiers on the approaches to Moscow. Within a few weeks, most of them marched into captivity, where a grim fate awaited them.
Despite the overwhelming initial German success, however, the Soviet capital did not fall. German combat units as well as supply transport were bogged down in mud caused by autumn rains. General Zhukov was called back to Moscow and given the desperate task to recreate defense lines west of Moscow. The mud allowed him time to accomplish this, and when the Germans again began to attack in November, they met stiffer resistance. Even so, they came perilously close to the capital, and if the vicissitudes of weather had cooperated, would have seized it. Though German units were also fighting desperately by now, the Soviet build-up soon exceeded their own.
The Drive on Moscow: Operation Taifun, 1941 is based on numerous archival records, personal diaries, letters, and other sources. It recreates the battle from the perspective of the soldiers as well as the generals. The battle, not fought in isolation, had a crucial role in the overall German strategy in the East, and its outcome reveals why the failure of the German assault on Moscow may well have been true turning point of World War II.
Niklas Zetterling is a researcher at the Swedish Defense College. Along with Anders Frankson he has previously written Kursk 1943: A Statistical Analysis and The Korsun Pocket: The Encirclement and Breakout of a German Army in the East, 1944. Both authors currently live in Sweden.
©2012 Niklas Zetterling and Anders Frankson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
No due to absence of maps available for the audio edition.
I really wish narrators of historical nonfiction would not adopt cheesy accents when reading quoted first person accounts. Just read. Save the acting for fiction titles,
Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance.
The book in its entirety. Parts were weak. Author brought it all together finally.
The author's perspective and reasoning about the role of The Drive on Moscow in WWII.
Yes will try, but not looking forward to it. He sounds like an ad reader rather than a book reader.
When the author stopped talking about deep details and spoke about the decision to be at Moscow's door and why Germany lost. His analysis about the role of the weather is brilliant.
It was reasonably well-spent
Bill The Bastard
The way in which the distances were always converted to imperial measurements for those who do not think metric was annoying. I don't think that anyone who took the time to listen to the book would have needed the distance conversion.
Perhaps. Don't know
You really need a map to appreciate the locations and where the battles occurred.
"It Certainly Drove The Story Home"
A very informative and well created story with plenty to keep the listener paying attention. Given the scale of the battles and advances talked about in this book having a map to hand or giving one a quick review whilst listening is a must as I found it very difficult to follow what was happening at times.
The narrator did quite a good job of maintaining interest however there are others who's narration I have enjoyed more. If you have an interest in World War 2 then this is a great audiobook for anyone who already has plenty of knowledge about the war on the Eastern front or for those looking to start learning about it.
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