The War on the Eastern Front, 1941–45

Keith Cumins

Comprehensive overview of the war on the Eastern Front from the commencement of Operation Barbarossa in 1941 to the last battle in Berlin in 1945.
Publication date:
June 2019
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Illustration :
53 black and white photos, 32 colour maps
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ISBN : 9781612007526

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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• A complete overview of the war on the Eastern Front that draws together a huge amount of material and complex sources into a single, engaging narrative
• With 32 colour maps
• Focuses on the ground fighting

The significance of the Second World War and its relevance to the lives of so many, has generated a legacy of published material on the topic sufficient to fill a library quite a few times over. Yet disproportionately few publications deal exclusively with the true cauldron of the conflict - the brutal and uncompromising war between Germany and the Soviet Union; and fewer still attempt to provide, in a single volume, a comprehensive overview of that war from the commencement of Operation Barbarossa to the last battle in the rubble-strewn streets of Berlin. Drawing on information from Soviet archives that has only become available since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cataclysm: The War on the Eastern Front 1941-1945, is unquestionably the most successful attempt so far to achieve that goal.

As Winston Churchill acknowledged, the Red Army tore the guts out of the Wehrmacht, and the story of how that happened, a story in which the events at Stalingrad were just one part, deserves to be told with greater frequency and to be understood more widely. From the enormous amount of detailed information currently available on the military struggle on the Eastern Front, condensing the events of a war of such scale and duration into a succinct narrative in a meaningful and balanced way has long been a challenging task. Yet the mortal conflict between Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia is deserving of the effort.

Cataclysm focuses on the ground fighting along the Eastern Front, for it was overwhelmingly the ground war that determined the outcome of the conflict. With the aid of concise supporting maps, the book provides a clear and comprehensive account of the ebb and flow of a four-year long conflict conducted across a thousand miles of frontline in the vast region between the Elbe and Volga. For anyone wishing to understand the war in on the Eastern Front, Cataclysm is essential reading.


What makes this book stand out is the author's ability to take this huge task and condense it into a usable narrative...a short but vivid photo insert contains imagery carefully selected to reveal the heart of the war in the East.
WWII History