Storm of Steel: The Development of Armor Doctrine in Germany and the Soviet Union, 1919-1939 by Mary R. HabeckStorm of Steel: The Development of Armor Doctrine in Germany and the Soviet Union, 1919-1939 by Mary R. Habeck

Storm of Steel: The Development of Armor Doctrine in Germany and the Soviet Union, 1919-1939

byMary R. Habeck

Paperback | January 31, 2014

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In this fascinating account of the battle tanks that saw combat in the European Theater of World War II, Mary R. Habeck traces the strategies developed between the wars for the use of armored vehicles in battle. Only in Germany and the Soviet Union were truly original armor doctrines (generally known as "blitzkreig" and "deep battle") fully implemented. Storm of Steel relates how the German and Soviet armies formulated and chose to put into practice doctrines that were innovative for the time, yet in many respects identical to one another.As part of her extensive archival research in Russia, Germany, and Britain, Habeck had access to a large number of formerly secret and top-secret documents from several post-Soviet archives. This research informs her comparative approach as she looks at the roles of technology, shared influences, and assumptions about war in the formation of doctrine. She also explores relations between the Germans and the Soviets to determine whether collaboration influenced the convergence of their armor doctrines.

Mary R. Habeck is Associate Professor of Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is the author of Knowing the Enemy: Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror and coeditor of Spain Betrayed: The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War and The Great War and the Twentieth Century.
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Title:Storm of Steel: The Development of Armor Doctrine in Germany and the Soviet Union, 1919-1939Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.75 inPublished:January 31, 2014Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801479487

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Unfinished Machine, 1919–1923
2. Material or Morale?: The Debate over the Mechanization of Warfare, 1923–1927
3. Technology Triumphant: Early German-Soviet Collaboration, 1927–1929
4. Consensus and Conflict, 1930–1931
5. A New Confidence?: The End of Collaboration, 1932–1933
6. Trading Places, 1934–1936
7. The Evidence of Small Wars: Armor Doctrine in Practice, 1936–1939
Epilogue: Armor Doctrine and Large Wars, 1939–1941

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"Mary Habeck has crafted an impressive analysis of evolving armor doctrine in Germany and the Soviet Union during the period between the two world wars. This book's depth, sophistication, and uniqueness of approach set it apart from its academic and not-so-academic competitors."

- Bruce Menning, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College