The Battle for Kharkov 1941 - 1943

Anthony Tucker-Jones

* Photographic history of the four battles for Kharkov during the Second World War

* A graphic record of the Soviet and German soldiers who fought there and the equipment they used

* Focuses on the role of armoured vehicles as well as ground troops in the fighting

* Shows the often atrocious conditions faced by the troops on both sides
Date Published :
April 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Images of War
Illustration :
200 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473827479
Pages : 144
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
Also available digitally:
Buy From Amazon Amazon
Buy From Apple Apple
Buy From Barnes and Noble Barnes & Noble
Buy From Google Google
Buy From Kobo Kobo

Casemate will earn a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link here


The four battles fought for Kharkov during the Second World War are often overshadowed by the battles for Moscow, Leningrad and Stalingrad, yet they were critical stages in the struggle between the Wehrmacht and the Red Army for control of the southern Soviet Union.

Anthony Tucker-Jones, in this volume in the Images of War series, offers a visual record of the dramatic and bloody conflict that took place there, showing every grim aspect of the fighting. Kharkov became one of the most bitterly contested cities during the war on the Eastern Front, and this book presents a graphic overview of the atrocious conditions the soldiers on both sides had to endure.

In 1941 Kharkov fell to Hitler’s Army Group South. In 1942 the Soviets tried and failed to retake it, losing 240,000 men in the Barvenkovo Bulge. Then, in 1943, the control of the battered city changed hands twice before the Soviets liberated it for good. The fate of Kharkov during the war reflects the history of the wider struggle between Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union.

About The Author

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a former defense intelligence officer and a widely published expert on regional conflicts, counter-terrorism and armored and aerial warfare. He is the author of over thirty books, is security and terrorism correspondent for intersec – The Journal of International Security, and has freelanced for Channel 4 News.


"I highly recommend this book for modelers interested in the Russian front in general and Kharkov sector in particular."

- Great Models

"The black and white photographs in The Battle of Kharkov are more illuminating than in Tucker-Jones's Riviera book, perhaps because the brutality of the fighting on the Eastern Front was much more evident. Tucker-Jones's selection of photographs and accompanying text bring out the peculiarly bleak nature of this conflict."

- Wargames Illustrated, April 2017

More from this publisher