• Enduring the Whirlwind

  • The German Army and the Russo-German War 1941-1943
  • By: Gregory Liedtke
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-31-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Despite the best efforts of a number of historians, many aspects of the ferocious struggle between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during the Second World War remain obscure or shrouded in myth. One of the most persistent of these is the notion - largely created by many former members of its own officer corps in the immediate postwar period - that the German Army was a paragon of military professionalism and operational proficiency whose defeat on the Eastern Front was solely attributable to the amateurish meddling of a crazed former Corporal and the overwhelming numerical superiority of the Red Army.
A key pillar upon which the argument of German numerical-weakness vis-à-vis the Red Army has been constructed is the assertion that Germany was simply incapable of providing its army with the necessary quantities of men and equipment needed to replace its losses. In consequence, as their losses outstripped the availability of replacements, German field formations became progressively weaker until they were incapable of securing their objectives.
This work seeks to address the notion of German numerical-weakness in terms of Germany's ability to replace its losses and regenerate its military strength, and assess just how accurate this argument was during the crucial first half of the Russo-German War.
©2016 Gregory Liedtke (P)2017 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By abulbulian on 03-24-18

beat audible since David Gland Stalingrad

amazing research had gone into this title. be prepared to rethink and relearn almost everything you thought you knew about the German struggle in the east. kudos to the producers of this selection. Hope for more of the same caliber WW2 east front titles.

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By Dane K Peterson on 06-21-18

Great thesis, tons of facts.

If you are interested in lots of numbers, this book is for you. The thesis explores the idea that Germany lost WWII, not because of the onslaught of Soviet forces, but rather key strategic and logistical reasons. However, rather than using personal accounts, it goes into a long and detailed logistics analysis citing countless unit and division strengths and weaknesses throughout the war.

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By hk on 11-10-17

Groundbreaking revision of Western WW2 narrative

An in-depth and listenable scholarly rebuttal of the West's long-held belief that Nazi Germany was defeated solely due to Soviet weight of numbers and Hitler's meddling in military affairs. Beliefs coloured by postwar German memoirs shown to be inaccurate, the paucity of postwar material from a necessarily totalitarian Soviet state, plus the Western Cold War reflex to repudiate Russian WW2 competence and battlefield superiority. So the myth of Wehrmacht military superiority took firm root in the public consciousness. This revision of that misperception is a fascinating explanation of how this came about.

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