Stalin’s Favorite: The Combat History of the 2nd Guards Tank Army from Kursk to Berlin

Volume 2: From Lublin to Berlin, July 1944-May 1945

Igor Nebolsin, Stuart Britton

Publication date:
September 2016
Publisher :
Helion and Company
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The author Igor Nebolsin continues with his detailed chronology of the 2nd Guards Tank Armys combat operations. This volume includes the hard fighting outside of Warsaw in the summer of 1944; the 1st Belorussian Fronts winter offensive in the Vistula Oder operation and the ensuing combat in Pomerania; and the final assault on Berlin, when the 2nd Guards Tank Army enveloped the German capital from the north and entered the city from north and west, fighting its way to the Tiergarten Park in the heart of Berlin. The author also briefly discusses the 2nd Guards Tank Armys subsequent history as part of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany, its eventual disbanding in 1997, and its reconstitution four years later on 4 September 2001. As with the first volume, the author s study is based upon the Armys operational documents from the Central Archives of the Russian Defense Ministry and recollections of its veterans, and received the active cooperation of Major-General Anatoly Shvebig, who was formerly a deputy commander of the 2nd Guards Tank Army s 12th Guards Tank Corps. It includes objective after-action reports from the Armys commander General Bogdanov and its subordinate formation commanders. Of note in this volume are General Bogdanovs recommendations for a tank armys table of organization and equipment and its proper use in combat operations, written shortly after the war ended. Illustrated with numerous images and supplemented with detailed tables, this volume completes the exhaustive study of the 2nd Guards Tank Army, Stalins favourite.


Volume Two is every bit the equal of Volume One. I wholeheartedly endorse it for fans of not only the Second World War's Eastern Front, but of armored warfare in general.
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This is a monumental work that is filled to the brim with combat and after-combat photos… For a complete history of a Soviet tank army in WWII, look no further. This is a wargamer and statician's gold mine for information.
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