48 pages with 150-200 illustrations, among them WW2 action photos, colour photos and technical drawings.
Illustrated throughout. Excerpts of technical manuals, wartime photos, photos of restored vehicles. Ideal companion for modellers and fans of technology. Complete background history and variants.
Grounded in the same period as Oliver Publishing Group’s first, out of print title Panzers In The Bocage this book, due out in May, focuses on the last battles of the Normandy Campaign, and includes :
- Histories of the units involved and the major battles
- 13 pages of full colour artwork depicting over 40 different vehicles including armoured cars, half-tracks, assault guns, Panzer IV, Panther Tiger tanks
- Black and white archive photographs, many never before reproduced
- Campaign maps
- Detailed tables showing vehicle types and allocations, and more
Author: Robert Forczyk Illustrator: Howard Gerrard
About this book :
After failing to finish off the German Army in the 1941/42 Winter Counteroffensive Stalin directed the Red Army to conduct a powerful blow in one sector of the Eastern Front in order to disrupt German plans. The sector chosen was Kharkov. Under Marshal Semyon Timoshenko, the Stavka’s remaining reserves were assembled and prepared to conduct a breakthrough attack intended to encircle the German Sixth Army near Kharkov. However, Stalin was unaware that the Germans were planning their own riposte at Kharkov, known as Operation Fredericus.
When Timoshenko began his offensive in May 1942, he did not realize the limitations of his own forces or the agility of the Germans to recover from setbacks, all of which contributed to one of the Red Army greatest defeats of World War II. This volume will pay particular attention to intelligence and logistics issues, as well as how this campaign served as a prelude to the battle of Stalingrad. It will also focus on the nascent development of the Red Army’s tank corps and ‘deep battle’ tactics, as well as the revival of the German Panzertruppen after Barbarossa.
- Origins of the campaign
- Opposing commanders
- Opposing forces
- Opposing plans
- The Soviet offensive, 12–16 May 1942
- The German counteroffensive, 17–23 May 1942
- The end game, 24–29 May 1942
- The battlefield today
- Further reading
Paperback; Due Out April 2013; 96 pages; ISBN: 9781780961576