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Despite the best efforts of a number of historians, many aspects of the ferocious struggle between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during the Second World War remain obscure or shrouded in myth. One of the most persistent of these is the notion - largely created by many former members of its own officer corps in the immediate postwar period - that the German Army was a paragon of military professionalism and operational proficiency whose defeat on the Eastern Front was solely attributable to the amateurish meddling of a crazed former Corporal and the overwhelming numerical superiority of the Red Army.

A key pillar upon which the argument of German numerical-weakness vis-à-vis the Red Army has been constructed is the assertion that Germany was simply incapable of providing its army with the necessary quantities of men and equipment needed to replace its losses. In consequence, as their losses outstripped the availability of replacements, German field formations became progressively weaker until they were incapable of securing their objectives.

This work seeks to address the notion of German numerical-weakness in terms of Germany's ability to replace its losses and regenerate its military strength, and assess just how accurate this argument was during the crucial first half of the Russo-German War.

©2016 Gregory Liedtke (P)2017 Tantor

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  • S. James
  • Albuquerque, NM United States
  • 01-30-18

Not a light listen

An academic analysis that is not well supported by other audiobooks I have listened to such as "The Forgotten Soldier." The argument is made that the German forces stayed well equipped with plenty of tanks and motorized units. But the story is more complex than that. One idea could be that machinery was over-counted because it took into consideration broken down and obsolete systems. A thorough accounting of the numbers of tanks, etc. was presented, but this information might only be useful to someone doing research.

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WW2 east/west military might.

Tedious statistical delineation ot Russian. /German military might during 1940--1943. Vivid description of Stalingrad campaign. Meant for scholars, not for amateur historian ww2 meant to studyband ponder. Meant for academics to study and ponder. ........Narration is uninspiring.

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  • hk
  • 11-10-17

Groundbreaking revision of Western WW2 narrative

An in-depth and listenable scholarly rebuttal of the West's long-held belief that Nazi Germany was defeated solely due to Soviet weight of numbers and Hitler's meddling in military affairs. Beliefs coloured by postwar German memoirs shown to be inaccurate, the paucity of postwar material from a necessarily totalitarian Soviet state, plus the Western Cold War reflex to repudiate Russian WW2 competence and battlefield superiority. So the myth of Wehrmacht military superiority took firm root in the public consciousness. This revision of that misperception is a fascinating explanation of how this came about.