Academic journal article Military Review

The Battle for Leningrad, 1941-1944

Academic journal article Military Review

The Battle for Leningrad, 1941-1944

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THE BATTLE FOR LENINGRAD, 1941-1944, David M. Glantz, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, 2002, 704 pages, $39.95.

David M. Glantz has been called by some the foremost authority on Russia's "Great Patriotic War." His previous works, including (The Battle of Kursk, Zhukov s Greatest Defeat: The Red Army's Epic Disaster in Operation Mars [University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, 1999] and When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler [University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, 1998]) were acclaimed among the finest books written about the Eastern Front. Glantz's latest effort, The Battle for Leningrad, 1941-1944, continues the tradition.

Of the many books written about the fight for Leningrad, most focus on the tactical fights and civilian situations inside the city and are from purely Russian or German points of view. Glantz uses many recently released documents (particularly from Russia) to provide details rarely seen elsewhere and correct some misconceptions concerning the battle. Such detail separates The Battle for Leningrad from other books on the subject.

Glantz blends personal accounts, field orders, and excerpts from the Leningrad War Diary to tell the story. …

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