The Reckoning

The Defeat of Army Group South, 1944

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The Reckoning

The Defeat of Army Group South, 1944


'The Reckoning is vivid history, the tragic Eastern Front brought to life through the widest range of Russian and German sources I've ever read. Bravo.' Peter Caddick-Adams, author and broadcaster

From critically acclaimed Eastern Front expert Prit Buttar, The Reckoning is a masterful re-evaluation of the fateful year of 1944, and how the Red Army irrevocably turned the tide of war until the final defeat within the heart of Germany itself was guaranteed.

The fighting throughout the Ukraine and Romania was brutal, with the German defence dogged and desperate. But for too long the Wehrmacht had relied on the superior combat prowess of its fighting men. What had not been taken into account, however, was that the Red Army would not only rely on its sheer size, but would fine-tune its fighting performance from its senior commanders right down to the individual soldier battling both fear and the elements to take each line, each trench, each inch of land.

Ultimately it is a story not of how the Germans lost, as is all too often told, but of how the Russians increasingly learned how to win.

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Dramatis Personae

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


Product details

Published 29 Oct 2020
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 496
ISBN 9781472837905
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 16pp plate section in b&w
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Prit Buttar

Prit Buttar studied medicine at Oxford and London…


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