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The Drive on Moscow, 1941: Operation Taifun and Germany's First Crisis of World War II

Zetterling, Niklas, and Frankson, Anders

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ISBN 10: 1612001203 / ISBN 13: 9781612001203
Published by Casemate Publishers, Philadelphia, PA, 2012
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Glued binding. Paper over boards. 336 p. Illustrations, black & white, Maps, Frontispiece. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Translated from Wikipedia: "Niklas Zetterling, born September 5, 1963, is a Swedish author of military historical nonfiction. He debuted in 1995 with Michael Tamelander with the moment of decision, and they have since written more books together. Other co-authors have been Anders Frankson and Marco Smedberg but Zetterling has also written as the sole author. Niklas Zetterling worked as a researcher at the National Defence University, which he joined after a time at the Defence Research Establishment, until 2007.". Bookseller Inventory # 69342

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Title: The Drive on Moscow, 1941: Operation Taifun ...

Publisher: Casemate Publishers, Philadelphia, PA

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Edition: First edition. First printing [stated].

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At the end of September 1941, more than a million German soldiers lined up along the frontline just 180 miles west of Moscow. They were well trained, confident, and had good reasons to hope that the war in the East would be over with one last offensive. Facing them was an equally large Soviet force, but whose soldiers were neither as well trained nor as confident. When the Germans struck, disaster soon befell the Soviet defenders. German panzer spearheads cut through enemy defenses and thrust deeply to encircle most of the Soviet soldiers on the approaches to Moscow. Within a few weeks, most of them marched into captivity, where a grim fate awaited them.

Despite the overwhelming initial German success, however, the Soviet capital did not fall. German combat units as well as supply transport were bogged down in mud caused by autumn rains. General Zhukov was called back to Moscow and given the desperate task to recreate defense lines west of Moscow. The mud allowed him time to accomplish this, and when the Germans again began to attack in November, they met stiffer resistance. Even so, they came perilously close to the capital, and if the vicissitudes of weather had cooperated, would have seized it. Though German units were also fighting desperately by now, the Soviet build-up soon exceeded their own.

THE DRIVE ON MOSCOW: Operation Taifun, 1941 is based on numerous archival records, personal diaries, letters, and other sources. It recreates the battle from the perspective of the soldiers as well as the generals. The battle, not fought in isolation, had a crucial role in the overall German strategy in the East, and its outcome reveals why the failure of the German assault on Moscow may well have been the true turning point of World War II.

Niklas Zetterling is a researcher at the Swedish Defense College. Along with Anders Frankson he has previously written Kursk 1943: A Statistical Analysis and The Korsun Pocket: The Encirclement and Breakout of a German Army in the East, 1944. Both authors currently live in Sweden

Table of Contents

PREFACE
PROLOGUE

1. THE SOVIET DEFENSE OF MOSCOW
2. OPERATION TAIFUN—THE GERMAN PLANS
3. GUDERIAN ATTACKS
4. THE MAIN GERMAN ATTACK BEGINS
5. THE OFFENSIVE CONTINUES
6. ENCIRCLEMENT
7. CUT OFF
8. STRATEGIC DECISIONS
9. VYAZMA-BRYANSK
10. ONE HUNDRED KILOMETERS TO MOSCOW
11. ON TO TULA
12. THE END OF OCTOBER—HALFTIME FOR OPERATION TAIFUN
13. THE NOVEMBER 7 PARADE
14. THE ORSHA MEETING, NOVEMBER 13
15. THE FINAL ATTEMPT
16. AT THE GATES OF MOSCOW
17. CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES

APPENDICES
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

About the Author:

Niklas Zetterling is a military historian and researcher at the Swedish Defense College. His previous books include Bismarck, The Korsun Pocket, and The Drive on Moscow, 1941.

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