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Operation Typhoon

Author(s): David Stahel

ISBN: 9781107501959
Pages: 418
Format: Paperback
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In October 1941 Hitler launched Operation Typhoon the German drive to capture Moscow and knock the Soviet Union out of the war. As the last chance to escape the dire implications of a winter campaign, Hitler directed seventy-five German divisions, almost two million men and three of Germany's four panzer groups into the offensive, resulting in huge victories at Viaz'ma and Briansk - among the biggest battles of the Second World War. David Stahel's groundbreaking new account of Operation Typhoon captures the perspectives of both the German high command and individual soldiers, revealing that despite success on the battlefield the wider German war effort was in far greater trouble than is often acknowledged. Germany's hopes of final victory depended on the success of the October offensive but the autumn conditions and the stubborn resistance of the Red Army ensured that the capture of Moscow was anything but certain.

  • The first comprehensive history of Operation Typhoon from the German perspective for over thirty years and a follow-up to the author's acclaimed history of the Battle of Kiev
  • Counters the myth that Germany's attack on Moscow was a near run failure by showing that Operation Typhoon was far from ever achieving any kind of decisive victory
  • Includes a detailed account of the 'forgotten' battles of Viaz'ma and Briansk - two of Nazi Germany's most significant battlefield victories of the war