Germany and the Second World War: Volume IV: The Attack on the Soviet Union

Paperback | July 2, 2015

byHorst Boog, Jurgen Forster, Joachim Hoffman

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Nine months after the beginning of the Second World War, German dominance over much of Europe seemed assured. Hitler not only stood on the pinnacle of his popularity in Germany but more than ever his ideological fixations and political calculations determined German war policy. This volume,the fourth in the acclaimed Germany and the Second World War series, examines the thinking behind the decision to go to war with the Soviet Union which was to prove the undoing of the German war effort. The authors examine in revealing detail the military and political policies behind the attack onthe Soviet Union and the strategic conduct of the war. They explore not only the command principles and practices, but also the expenditure and attrition of the forces, and show that by the end of 1941 it was clear that it was in the eastern theatre that the Second World War would be decided and themap of Europe redrawn.

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Nine months after the beginning of the Second World War, German dominance over much of Europe seemed assured. Hitler not only stood on the pinnacle of his popularity in Germany but more than ever his ideological fixations and political calculations determined German war policy. This volume,the fourth in the acclaimed Germany and the Se...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1456 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:July 2, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: German War Policy and the Soviet Union 1940-19411. Hitler's Decision in Favour of War Against the Soviet Union2. The Soviet Union up to the Eve of the German Attack3. From Economic Alliance to a War of Colonial Exploitation4. The Military Concept of the War Against the Soviet Union5. Germany's Acquisition of Allies in South-East Europe6. The Involvement of Scandinavia in the Plans for Barbarossa7. Operation Barbarossa as a War of Conquest and AnnihilationPart II: The War against the Soviet Union until the Turn of 1941/19421. The Conduct of Operations2. The Conduct of the War Through Soviet Eyes3. Strategy and Policy in Northern Europe4. The Decisions of the Tripartite Pact States5. Volunteers for the 'European Crusade against Bolshevism'6. The Failure of the Economic 'Blitzkrieg Strategy'7. Securing 'Living-Space'Operation Barbarossa in Historical PerspectiveBibliographyIndex of Persons

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"I assure you all that it is worth every penny! This one volume seems to be destined to become THE definitive study on the German planning and invasion of the Societ Union for decades to come. The wealth of detail and information included in this work is simply staggering ... I wholeheartedlyrecommend this book." --Axis Europa