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Thunder on the Dnepr : Zhukov-Stalin and the defeat of Hitler's Blitzkrieg

Author: Bryan I Fugate; L S Dvoret︠s︡kiĭ
Publisher: Novato, CA : Presidio, ©1997.
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It has long been thought that the failure of Germany to defeat Russia in 1941 was due primarily to interference in the plans and operations of the German armed forces by Adolf Hitler, and ultimately, that it was Field Marshal "Winter" and General "Mud" that stopped Army Group Center at the gates of Moscow. Certainly, the STAVKA (Soviet High Command) and the Red Army had little or nothing to do with it.
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Fugate, Bryan I., 1943-
Thunder on the Dnepr.
Novato, CA : Presidio, ©1997
(OCoLC)645843432
Named Person: Georgiĭ Konstantinovich Zhukov; Joseph Stalin; Joseph Stalin; Georgiĭ Konstantinovich Zhukov
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bryan I Fugate; L S Dvoret︠s︡kiĭ
ISBN: 0891415297 9780891415299 0891417311 9780891417316
OCLC Number: 36001393
Description: xvi, 415 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. The War Games of Early 1941 --
2. Soviet Preparation for War --
3. The Battle Begins: The Race to the Dnepr --
4. Yelnia: The End of the Blitzkrieg --
5. Pressure on the Southern Flank of Army Group Center --
6. Kiev --
7. Moscow --
8. A War Won and Lost: an Analysis --
App. A. Documents --
App. B. Structure and Organization of the Red Army and the German Wehrmacht in 1941.
Responsibility: Bryan I. Fugate and Lev Dvoretsky.

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