16 January 2019
After the German forces swept across Russia in Operation Barbarossa attention turned to the battle for Moscow.
Author: PHILIPPE NAUD
Reviewed by: Duncan Evans
After the German forces swept across Russia in Operation Barbarossa attention turned to the battle for Moscow. While, taking the capital wouldn’t have resulted in Soviet surrender, it would have been a heavy psychological blow. So, the Germans gathered around a million men, 1,700 tanks, 19,500 artillery pieces and 950 aircraft for the offensive. This was 75% of the tanks and half the total men that the Germans had in Russia at the time, showing just how much effort went into
Operation Typhoon. Against them were fewer than 500,000 Russians, 900 tanks and 300 aircraft but the Germans had logistical support issues while the Soviets were getting regular reinforcements and were prepared to fight to the death.
As with the other Casemate Illustrated titles, it’s printed on high quality, glossy paper and packed with photographs, illustrations and features on the tanks and commanders involved. A timeline provides a quick guide to the action then text takes you back to the Eastern Front and the life and death struggle. Again, this is another excellent illustrated introduction, this time to the war in the east.
• Casemate Illustrated
• 130 pages • Softback • £19.99
As reviewed in The Armourer January 2019
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