Waffen-SS Soldier vs Soviet Rifleman

Rostov-on-Don and Kharkov 1942–43

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Waffen-SS Soldier vs Soviet Rifleman

Rostov-on-Don and Kharkov 1942–43

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Fully illustrated, this study assesses the Soviet and Waffen-SS troops who contested the cities of Kharkov and Rostov-on-Don on the Eastern Front during 1942–43.

As the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union unfolded, two places that suffered exceptionally severely were Kharkov (now Kharkiv) in Ukraine and Rostov-on-Don in Russia. In total, Kharkov would change hands violently four times between October 1941 and August 1943, and Rostov-on-Don also four times between November 1941 and February 1943.

In this book, Chris McNab examines the fighting men of the Red Army and the Waffen-SS who clashed in three battles – one for Rostov (July 1942) and two for Kharkov (February–March and August). He clearly explains the key differences between these two opponents – training, tactics, weaponry, ideology and motivation – and examines how these differences played out in the three engagements, which ranged from open-terrain combined-arms battles to close-quarters street fighting in major urban zones. The text is complemented by specially commissioned artwork and mapping and carefully chosen archive photographs.

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Opposing Sides
Rostov-on-Don, 20–25 July 1942
The Third Battle of Kharkov, 19 February–18 March 1943
The Fourth Battle of Kharkov, 6–11 August 1943
Analysis
Aftermath
Unit organizations
Bibliography
Index

Product details

Published Feb 14 2023
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472857989
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Colour artwork plates and maps; black & white and colour photographs and illustrations.
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Combat
Short code CBT 71
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

Chris McNab

Dr Chris McNab specializes in military history and…

Illustrator

Johnny Shumate

Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator li…

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