Academic journal article Military Review

Zhukov's Greatest Defeat: The Red Army's Epic Disaster in Operation Mars, 1942

Academic journal article Military Review

Zhukov's Greatest Defeat: The Red Army's Epic Disaster in Operation Mars, 1942

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ZHUKOV'S GREATEST DEFEAT: The Red Army's Epic Disaster in Operation Mars, 1942, David M. Glantz, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, 1999, 421 pages, $39.95.

Zhukov's Greatest Defeat, by David M. Glantz, fills a void in the history of the Eastern Front of World War 11. Like many of Glantz's previous efforts, this book contains a wealth of detail. However, Glantz attempts to write with a more exciting style than usual-with mixed results.

Glantz's objective is somewhat different from a traditional historical approach of focusing on a single thesis. He emphasizes that as a result of Soviet attempts to cover up their massive defeat, the public knows almost nothing about Operation Mars, the Soviet's offensive against German Army Group Center in November-December 1942. Thus his work is designed to fill in a historical blank.

The book is structured chronologically with sections that cover the four main areas of fighting: the Vazuza River, the Belyi pocket, the Luchesa Valley and the Molodoi Tud River. …

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