Ostfront: Hitler's War on Russia 1941-45 - Charles WinchesterLondon: Osprey Publishing, 1998, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A hint of age-toning to the edges of the dust wrapper, a decent copy otherwise.
Includes: Colour profiles; Black & white photographs; Colour drawings; Coloured maps); Tables; Frontispiece; Photographic lining papers;
From the cover: “The Russian front was the decisive theatre of World War II. Here the great mass of the German army and Luftwaffe was locked in battle with the Red Army in the largest land campaign in history. On a 1,200-mile front from the Arctic Circle to the Caspian Sea, in baking summer heat and winter temperatures of -40C, millions of men and women fought the most vital battle of the war. Had the Germans won in the east, a Nazi victory in World War II would have been almost inevitable. Yet the Soviet armed forces and system managed to survive the shock of the German Blitzkrieg. In 1941 the Germans suffered their first significant defeat at the gates of Moscow. Twelve months later, despite another summer of stunning victories, the German 6th Army was annihilated at Stalingrad. In 1943 over a million German soldiers attacked a larger Russian army at Kursk in history’s greatest tank battle, but were defeated. From then on, the outnumbered German forces were on the defensive, struggling against all the odds to hold back the Soviet tide. For Hitler, the Russian front had absolute priority, even over the defence of France against the Allied invasion in 1944. Despite this, the German armed forces were torn apart during late 1944 and early 1945 by a series of superbly planned and executed Soviet offensives. Desperate rear-guard actions ultimately failed to save the German homeland, and in 1945 the Red Army stormed Berlin itself, ending the war in Europe. The flawed objectives of Hitler’s War in the East brought about the end of the ‘Thousand Year Reich’ — and all in little over a thousand days.”