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Battle of the Bulge Warsaw Rising Operation Market Garden I knew the Battle of Berlin was awful, but worse than D-Day? I thought the Nazis were exhausted at that point. Of course in the top 10, only D-Day makes the list from the Western Front. This is a pretty useful list. The book is full of useful things like this. My complaint comes from the comparisons Davies makes and the conclusions he draws. There is no doubt that the Soviets were key in defeating the Nazis, but these claims that they did most of the work just does not quite ring true to me.
In this case, it is because Davies considers only the European half of WWII, and half of anything is bound to be lopsided. Although he anticipates most of the arguments I will make below, he is not always convince me: 1. One of the luckiest things to happen to the Soviets was to have Marshal Zhukov in Siberia when the Japanese attacked from Manchuria in or thereabouts.
Zhukov beat them soundly, thus ending any chance the Soviets would face a 2-front war. Zhukov was moved west, along with 30 or so divisions and this made a pretty big difference. Hell, even the Italians and French were in Africa. That the Soviets were on one land front only — a big front to be sure — meant that they had one victory to focus on, and this is a huge logistical advantage if nothing else. Allied air power is mostly dismissed by Davies. This is part of the revisionist dismissal of the strategic bombing campaign as having been a failure.
It did fail to some extent about everything does , and yes, I know about the rising German production figures after the bombing started. Although doing so later than they should of, they shut down German oil production. These are two huge contributions to the Soviet war efforts.
Soviet air power confuses me — along with everything else, they built way more planes than the Germans, and yet the Germans seemed to dominate the skies of the Eastern Front until very late in the war and only after the US-UK had pretty much wiped them out. Germans flew obsolete planes successfully on the Eastern Front Stukas, MEs years after they withdrew them from the West.
Nazi aces ran up incredible kill scores s! The Soviet Navy was inconsequential. No naval superiority, massed gunfire from the sea. A Soviet D-Day would have been three times bigger than the real one, moving on mostly wooden boats, and would have sustained 10 times the number of casualties. I am indulging in armchair generalship rather than a review here sorry. And with the rest of the world out of the picture, the Soviet victory, as tremendous and significant as it was, is given too much credit.
Also, the book has moments of sketchiness. Nothing major, but occasionally my confidence was shaken. In describing small arms of the combatants, Davies p. Not so, especially for the Germans — the bolt-action rifle of s technology was the main weapon of virtually all forces in World War II except for the USA.
The G. Still, I learned a lot from this book, and it covers a lot of statistical ground adroitly. This statistical information is nicely integrated into the text and horrible to read — something trivial like the number of soldiers in the German and Soviet armies killed by their own side is staggering — killed by their own side!
Davies also does a fine job pointing out that the ideological differences between fascism on the political right and Stalinist communism on the left is nil -just raw, ruthless power. The appallingly cynical and brutal treatment of Poland by virtually everybody in the war haunts everything.
This muddies the good guys vs.
Europa walczy 1939-1945. Nie takie proste zwycięstwo