The Reckoning

The Reckoning

The Defeat of Army Group South, 1944

General Military
  • Author: Prit Buttar
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 29 Oct 2020
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By the end of 1944 the Red Army was poised on the very frontiers of the Third Reich. How had the once unstoppable, mighty Wehrmacht faltered so disastrously? Certainly it had suffered defeats before, in particular the vast catastrophe of Stalingrad, but it was in 1944 that the war was ultimately lost. It was no longer a case of if but rather when the Red Army would be at the gates of Berlin.

Prit Buttar retraces the ebb and flow of the various battles and campaigns fought throughout the Ukraine and Romania in 1944. January and February saw Army Group South encircled in the Korsun Pocket. Although many of the encircled troops did escape, in part due to Soviet intelligence and command failures, the Red Army would endeavour to not make the same mistakes again. Indeed, in the coming months the Red Army would demonstrate an ability to learn and improve, reinventing itself as a war-winning machine, demonstrated clearly in its success in the Iasi-Kishinev operation.

The view of the Red Army as a huge, unskilled horde that rolled over everything in its path is just one myth that The Reckoning reassess. So too does it re-evaluate the apparent infallibility of German military commanders, the denial of any involvement in (or often even knowledge of) the heinous crimes committed in the occupied territories by German forces, and the ineffectiveness of Axis allies, such as the Romanians at Iasi, to withstand the Soviet forces. Like all myths, these contain many truths, but also a great many distortions, all of which are skilfully unpicked and analysed in this powerful retelling of 1944 on the Eastern Front.

Biographical Note

Prit Buttar studied medicine at Oxford and London before joining the British Army as a doctor. After leaving the army, he worked as a GP, first near Bristol and then in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. He is extensively involved in medical politics, both at local and national level, and served on the GPs' Committee of the British Medical Association.An established expert on the Eastern Front in 20th-century military history, his previous books include the critically acclaimed Battleground Prussia: The Assault on Germany's Eastern Front 1944-45 (Osprey 2010) and Between Giants: The Battle for the Baltics in World War II (Osprey 2013) and a definitive four-part series on the Eastern Front in World War I which concluded with The Splintered Empires: The Eastern Front 1917-21 (2017). He now lives in Kirkcudbright in Scotland.

Contents

List of Maps
Dramatis Personae
Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1: The Protagonists
Chapter 2: The Kirovograd Encirclement
Chapter 3: Watutin and the Cherkassy-Korsun Encirclement
Chapter 4: Another Stalingrad
Chapter 5: Mud, Snow and Hill 239
Chapter 6: Kamanets-Podolski: The Encirclement of First Panzer Army
Chapter 7: Malinovsky's Offensive
Chapter 8: The Wandering Pocket
Chapter 9: The Crimean Peninsula
Chapter 10: The End of the Leash
Chapter 11: Preparing for Summer
Chapter 12: The Lviv-Sandomierz Operation
Chapter 13: The Disintegrating Axis
Chapter 14: The Approaching Endgame
Notes
Bibliography
Index


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