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When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler
When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler
By David M. Glantz and Jonathan House
University Press of Kansas, 1995, 414 pp

It is difficult to write a readable operational account of the eastern front of World War II. The scale of the campaigns, the bewildering array of forces, and the sheer vastness of the suffering make it difficult to comprehend. Until recently, moreover, the Soviet history was distorted by contemporary uses. This major advance will supplant John Erickson’s two massive volumes on the war in the east, The Road to Stalingrad and The Road to Berlin, as the standard reference book for nonspecialists. Glantz, one of the foremost scholars on the eastern front, and House describe with remarkable concision how the Soviets defeated their Nazi opponents not merely by mass and sacrifice, but through skill and cunning. Particularly at the higher levels, the Red Army was operationally sophisticated, not merely large and determined.