In November 1941 Hitler ordered German forces to complete the final
drive on the Soviet capital, now less than 100 kilometres away. Army
Group Centre was pressed into the attack for one last attempt to break
Soviet resistance before the onset of winter. From the German
perspective the final drive on Moscow had all the ingredients of a
dramatic final battle in the east, which, according to previous
accounts, only failed at the gates of Moscow. David Stahel now
challenges this well-established narrative by demonstrating that the
last German offensive of 1941 was a forlorn effort, undermined by
operational weakness and poor logistics, and driven forward by what he
identifies as National Socialist military thinking.
research from previously undocumented army files and soldiers' letters,
Stahel takes a fresh look at the battle for Moscow, which even before
the Soviet winter offensive, threatened disaster for Germany's war in
Offers the most comprehensive, military account of the Battle of Moscow to date
Proposes a new, conceptual framework for understanding German operations in the Second World War
Draws from rare, archival sources to chart the inner working of the German army, as well as the 'view from below'
Boktitel:The Battle for Moscow Författare: David Stahel Bokförlag: Cambridge University Press
Historikern David Stahel från Nya Zeeland forskar om tysk militärhistoria under det andra världskriget. Han är verksam vid University of New South Wales i Canberra i Australien.