Item description for BARBAROSSA: THE FIRST SEVEN DAYS: Nazi Germany's 1941 Invasion of the Soviet Union by Will Fowler, Ann Kilcher, Tina Rae, Mark Whitehead, Deborah Dixon, Randall Steeb, Harry J. Thie & Kevin Nowlan...
On 22 June 1941 The Germans launched their long-expected invasion of the Soviet Union. Codenamed "Operation Barbarossa," after the famous 12th century crusading emperor, what followed was perhaps the greatest clash of arms the world has ever witnessed, and one of the most ferocious, uncompromising conflicts in the history of modern warfare.
With the aid of specially commissioned maps, Barbarossa: The First 7 Days describes the dramatic history of the first week of the invasion of the Soviet Union. The book begins with an extensive overview of the Wehrmacht's success up until 1941, followed by chapters outlining the German High Command's plan of attack and the defensive dispositions of the Soviet forces. The author goes on to describe the opening bombardment, followed by detailed accounts of the three Army Groups' fortunes in the first week of the campaign. The book finishes with an analysis of the remainder of the campaign and the ultimate failure of the Germans to destroy the Red Army and capture Moscow.
With first hand accounts from both sides, vivid photographs, detailed fact boxes, and specially commissioned maps of the German advance and the Soviet defensive actions, Barbarossa: The First 7 Days is a comprehensive examination of the first week of the four-year war on the Eastern Front.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 8.75" Height: 11" Weight: 2.35 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2004
ISBN 1932033238 ISBN13 9781932033236
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More About Will Fowler, Ann Kilcher, Tina Rae, Mark Whitehead, Deborah Dixon, Randall Steeb, Harry J. Thie & Kevin Nowlan
Fowler is Lecturer in Spanish at St. Salvator's College of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
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Well-rounded Introduction to Operation Barbarossa Jun 8, 2007
This book is a very good basic introduction to Operation Barbarossa and the war on the Eastern Front.
The author primarily provides a balanced approach to the subject matter, although at times it seems too much detail is placed on the defensive actions of the Soviets in comparison to the strategies and tactics of the advancing Germans.
The book is mainly a pictorial history but one that is very well done. The pictures are closely matched to the text so that they enhance rather than interrupt the story being told. The pictures themselves are very well reproduced and at least two dozen of them are in color. There are also many well-drawn maps and these are in color as well. In addition, the book has a number of excellently drawn full-color illustrations of soldiers, tanks, and planes relating to both sides. Interesting quotations from participants in the battles are also liberally sprinkled throughout the text. Finally, the book includes numerous fascinating sidebars on people, vehicles, and weapons. (I learned more about the German BMW R-75 motorcycle with sidecar in this book than I did in an entire book on World War II motorcycles!)
Many misstatements are made, such as the wrong number of German horses killed at one stage of the invasion, an incorrect displacement of a German Army Group at another stage, an indefensible comment that the Soviets treated German prisoners of war fairly, and the repeated assertion that none of the Germans had proper winter clothing for the first winter of this war, when in fact some, albeit not many, divisions, such as mountain troops, were properly outfitted for winter warfare. Also, the author's reliance on "Other Men's Graves," a book most historians regard as pulp fiction, is disappointing.
Nonetheless, although not a perfect book, I believe it is still deserving of at least a 4-star rating in that the writing, editing, and attention to detail easily surpasses most other books of this type.
Great imagery with text. Oct 24, 2006
The text can be a little "dry" at times as the author shifts focus from the Germans and Soviets quickly. However, the author does a good job of describing the entire battle field situation during the first seven days. The book has so much detail, it would be tough to fully comprehend in your first reading.
The highlight of this book is the prewar and combat photos that give the reader some view into how these battles were fought. The captions and text surrounding the photos gave me the impression the book was actually written with a focus on these photos. Generous detail is given to how both sides used each other's equipment.
A beginner should definitely read this book before tackling some of the better books on the eastern front. You will understand the terrain and how this affected the larger tank battles to come. After this book pick up: Tigers In The Mud, Panzer Aces and Panzer Aces II all published by Stackpole!
NOTE: I am reviewing the edition published in 2006 by Barnes & Noble. The book appears to be 192 pages.
Nice photo history of the initial invasion of the USSR Sep 1, 2006
At a little under 200 pages, this is a nice photo history of the initial invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany. There have been several good books lately on this subject. Fowler's book is a nice companion book, in that the photos lead a lot to the telling of the invasion. In the book, we learn that the Soviets did put up quite a resistance, but were overwhelmed by superior leadership and German technology. This led to a lot of deaths by the Germans. All three fronts were described, with a focus on the Army Group Center.
This is a nice interesting read about the invasion. Obviously, it is not the authoritative book some readers desire, but it gives a summary history of this historic battle. The pictures are great.
Meticulous, thorough, and simply amazing May 16, 2004
Maps and a wealth of black-and-white and color photographs extensively intersperse Will Fowler's Barbarossa: The First 7 Days, a coffee-table book describing Nazi Germany's 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union. The straightforward text informatively narrates the bloody battles in exhaustive detail. Barbarossa: The First 7 Days is a meticulous, thorough, and simply amazing scrutiny of the first week of what became an horrific and hideous battle front of no quarter given or accepted. Barbarossa: The First 7 Days is a clearly appropriate and highly recommended contribution to personal, academic, and community library World War II history collections and reading lists.
Nothing new, save your money Apr 20, 2004
Nothing new presented in the book, small bibliography, and when I came upon this "Army Group South and Luftflotte 4 consisted of 3 million men, 600,000 vehicles, 750,000 horses, 3580 tanks, 7184 guns and 1830 aircraft." (pg. 144) I didn't know if it was for the Germans or Soviets, it would be overkill for either side in terms of 'men' alone. Instead of this book consider buying Glantz's "Barbarossa" or Kershaw's "War without Garlands", MUCH better than this book in ALL categories.