Hitler Versus Stalin: The Eastern Front 1941 - 1942

Barbarossa to Moscow

Nik Cornish

* The first volume in a four-volume photographic history of the war between Germany and the Soviet Union

* Rare photographs of all the key episodes in the opening campaign, including Operation Barbarossa and Operation Typhoon

* Photographs of the German and Soviet troops and the civilians caught up in the fighting

* A graphic introduction to the
Date Published :
April 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Images of War
Illustration :
175 photographs
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781783463985
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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The world was not prepared for the massive onslaught launched by Nazi Germany on the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941 – the scale of the invasion, the speed of the German advance, the hundreds of thousands of Red Army soldiers taken prisoner, the chaotic, headlong retreat of Stalin’s forces eastwards, towards Leningrad and Moscow. But equally it was not prepared for the Soviet fight back. For, despite all the predictions, the Red Army stemmed the Wehrmacht’s advance, held the lines before Leningrad and Moscow, and mounted a counter-offensive that changed the course of the campaign and the outcome of the Second World War. These are the historic events that Nik Cornish portrays in the selection of rare wartime images he’s selected for this graphic history of the war on the Eastern Front.

The key aspects of the opening year of the war are vividly recorded – Operation Barbarossa; the German and Soviet forces as they marched and fought their way across the countryside and through the villages and towns of the Ukraine, Belarus and the Baltic states; the clashes at Brest, Smolensk, Kiev; the failure of Operation Typhoon, the turning point in this phase of the war which denied to Hitler the anticipated quick victory in the East.

About The Author

Nik Cornish is a former head teacher whose passionate interest in the world wars on the Eastern Front and in Russias military history in particular has led to a series of important books on the subject including Images of Kursk, Stalingrad: Victory on the Volga, Berlin: Victory in Europe, Partisan Warfare on the Eastern Front 1941-1944, The Russian Revolution: World War to Civil War 1917-1921, Hitler versus Stalin: The Eastern Front 1941-1942 Barbarossa to Moscow, Hitler versus Stalin: The Eastern Front 1942-1943 Stalingrad to Kharkov and Hitler versus Stalin: The Eastern Front 1943-1944 Kursk to Bagration.


"Surveying such broad operations provides Cornish with more choices when it comes to photographs. His skill lies in marrying those to his lucid narrative."

- Wargames Illustrated, April 2017

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