Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front 1943-1945: Red Steamroller

Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front Red Steamroller By after the catastrophic German defeat at Stalingrad the Wehmacht s panzer armies gradually lost the initiative on the Eastern Front The tide of the war had turned Their combined arms techniqu

  • Title: Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front 1943-1945: Red Steamroller
  • Author: Robert Forczyk
  • ISBN: 9781783462780
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Hardcover
  • By 1943, after the catastrophic German defeat at Stalingrad, the Wehmacht s panzer armies gradually lost the initiative on the Eastern Front The tide of the war had turned Their combined arms technique, which had swept Soviet forces before it during 1941 and 1942, had lost its edge Thereafter the war on the Eastern Front was dominated by tank led offensives and, as RobeBy 1943, after the catastrophic German defeat at Stalingrad, the Wehmacht s panzer armies gradually lost the initiative on the Eastern Front The tide of the war had turned Their combined arms technique, which had swept Soviet forces before it during 1941 and 1942, had lost its edge Thereafter the war on the Eastern Front was dominated by tank led offensives and, as Robert Forczyk shows, the Red Army s mechanized forces gained the upper hand, delivering a sequence of powerful blows that shattered one German defensive line after another His incisive study offers fresh insight into how the two most powerful mechanized armies of the Second World War developed their tank tactics and weaponry during this period of growing Soviet dominance He uses German, Russian and English sources to provide the first comprehensive overview and analysis of ard warfare from the German and Soviet perspectives This major study of the greatest tank war in history is compelling reading.

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    1. Robert Forczyk is again in great form in his follow up on Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front 1941-1942: Schwerpunkt for the period 1943-1945, in which the Red Army was winning the war.By late 1943, the Panzer-Divisionen could no longer stop the Soviet ‘steamroller’, only delay it and increase the price of victories. Each retreat cost the Germans logistic resources that further degraded their ability to maintain combat-effective Panzer-Divisionen in the field and the breaking point was fast ap [...]

    2. The sequel to Forczyk's Schwerpunkt, Red Steamroller is much the same but for the rest of the war. This book is tilted heavily towards 1943, which seems to get three times as much space as 1944. 1945 is compressed into "and then Stalin ordered Zhukov to take Berlin before reasonable preparations could be made, leading to heavy casualties."As expected, Forczyk blends impeccable historical data with a tanker's view of operations. His premise is that the Soviets managed to develop a successful comb [...]

    3. Tank WarfareThe story of the Russian front through the employment and usage of tanks for both sides. Gives a matter of fact read covering the last 3 years of the war. The book outlines valid reasons for the Russian victory

    4. This solid, balanced and professional analysis begins with the author's own experience as a tank commander on exercises, experiencing the futility of rushed and ill-considered attacks. I found the book refreshing in that it examines in some detail the training regime of Red Army tank forces as well as German. While there were no surprises in the analysis of relative industrial and design strategies the presentation is to the point and refreshing.The book provides a high-level summary (basically [...]

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