Kiev 1941: Hitler's Battle for Supremacy in the East

Publié le par David Stahel

Kiev 1941In just four weeks in the summer of 1941 the German Wehrmacht wrought unprecedented destruction on four Soviet armies, conquering central Ukraine and killing or capturing three quarters of a million men. This was the Battle of Kiev – one of the largest and most decisive battles of World War II and, for Hitler and Stalin, a battle of crucial importance.

For the first time, David Stahel charts the battle's dramatic course and aftermath, uncovering the irreplaceable losses suffered by Germany's 'panzer groups' despite their battlefield gains, and the implications of these losses for the German war effort.

He illuminates the inner workings of the German army as well as the experiences of ordinary soldiers, showing that with the Russian winter looming and Soviet resistance still unbroken, victory came at huge cost and confirmed the turning point in Germany's war in the East.

ISBN-13 : 9781107014596
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Publication date : 31/10/2011
Author : David Stahel

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From the Publisher

"He [Stahel] makes extensive use of the diaries and letters of German soldiers as well as works by and about German generals and political figures like Hitler and Goebbels—there are about a hundred pages of endnotes and bibliography. Excellent maps and tables clarify the complex military operations. […] To sum up, in this most detailed English-language treatment of the battle of Kiev, David Stahel furnishes ample evidence that, despite its Ukrainian victories in late September 1941, Germany remained ill prepared to defeat the USSR." Walter G. Moss - Michigan War Studies Review

"Stahel provides vivid depictions of the Ostheer's growing "demodernization" […] and convincingly shows that the victory in Ukraine was a result both of Hitler's insistence on turning his forces southwards and away from Moscow, and of Stalin's determination to hold on to Kiev despite the clear indications of a looming catastrophe." -Omer Bartov, Times Literary Supplement

"[Stahel’s] writing is a good example of impartiality […] the book brings back the memory of yet another “forgotten battle” to English and American readers." - Oleksandr Zinchenko New Eastern Europe

'Stahel has written a well-balanced, often, which sheds much new light on our knowledge of the fighting around the capital of the Ukraine.' - Martijn Lak, The Journal of Slavic Military Studies

"David Stahel's two masterful books 'Operation Barbarossa' and Germany's Defeat in the East and Kiev 1941: Hitler Battle for Supremacy in the East [...] are superbly researched and well written, and provide the reader with an excellent oversight of the German operational planning process, and of the German units involved in the initial stage of the German invasion of the USSR." - Leo J. Daugherty III, The Journal of Slavic Military Studies

LoupeMeet the Author

David Stahel is an independent researcher based in Berlin. His previous publications include Operation Barbarossa and Germany's Defeat in the East (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

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