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The Rzhev Slaughterhouse

The Red Army's Forgotten 15-month Campaign against Army Group Center 1942-1943

Author : Svetlana Gerasimova
Translator : Stuart Britton

The Rzhev Slaughterhouse : The Red Army's Forgotten 15-month Campaign against Army Group Center 1942-1943

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General - Pages : 280 | Images : c 112 b/w photos, 8pp colour maps

Paperback - Date of Publication : February 2016 | Size : 234mm x 156mm | ISBN : 9781911096146 | Helion Book Code : HEL0679

Hardback - Date of Publication : August 2003 | Size : 234mm x 156mm | ISBN : 9781908916518 | Helion Book Code : HEL0343

eBook - ISBN : 9781910294178

Historians consider the Battle of Rzhev "one of the bloodiest in the history of the Great Patriotic War" and "Zhukov's greatest defeat". Veterans called this colossal battle, which continued for a total of 15 months, "the Rzhev slaughterhouse" or "the Massacre", while the German generals named this city "the cornerstone of the Eastern Front" and "the gateway to Berlin". By their territorial scale, number of participating troops, length and casualties, the military operations in the area of the Rzhev - Viaz'ma salient are not only comparable to the Stalingrad battle, but to a great extent surpass it. The total losses of the Red Army around Rzhev amounted to 2,000,000 men; the Wehrmacht's total losses are still unknown precisely to the present day. Why was one of the greatest battles of the Second World War consigned to oblivion in the Soviet Union? Why were the forces of the German Army Group Center in the Rzhev - Viaz'ma salient not encircled and destroyed? Whose fault is it that the German forces were able to withdraw from a pocket that was never fully sealed? Indeed, are there justifications for blaming this "lost victory" on G.K. Zhukov? In this book, which has been recognized in Russia as one of the best domestic studies of the Rzhev battle, answers to all these questions have been given. The author, Svetlana Gerasimova, has lived and worked amidst the still extant signs of this colossal battle, the tens of thousands of unmarked graves and the now silent bunkers and pillboxes, and has dedicated herself to the study of its history.

 

"...this is an outstanding piece of historical research worthy of any library or collection. It provides valuable insight into the Soviet war leadership and operational execution. Her work is very balanced and insightful. The Rzhev campaign was a slaughter in every sense of the word. Survivors from both sides recalled the fighting years later as the worst they had experienced at any time throughout the war." Sabretache Journal

 

"As Gerasimova observes, recent work on the Russo-German War of 1941-45 is rewriting the Soviet version of the war. Her work certainly makes a major contribution to this ongoing effort." The Russian Review

 

“ … a testament to one of the most forgotten of battles of the eastern front in the Second World War.” War in History

 

“ … the author not only meets her objectives but has done an enormous service to those of us interested in this phase of the Second World War …” Globeatwar.com

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