Kiev 1941: Hitler`s Battle for Supremacy in the East Book

Kiev 1941: Hitler`s Battle for Supremacy in the East by David Stahel

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In just four weeks in the summer of 1941 the German Wehrmacht wrought unprecedented destruction on four Soviet armies, conquering central Ukraine and killing or capturing three quarters of a million men. This was the Battle of Kiev one of the largest and most decisive battles of World War II and, for Hitler and Stalin, a battle of crucial importance. For the first time, David Stahel charts the battle`s dramatic course and aftermath, uncovering the irreplaceable losses suffered by Germany`s `panzer groups` despite their battlefield gains, and the implications of these losses for the German war effort. He illuminates the inner workings of the German army as well as the experiences of ordinary soldiers, showing that with the Russian winter looming and Soviet resistance still unbroken, victory came at huge cost and confirmed the turning point in Germany`s war in the East.

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David Stahel was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1975, but grew up in Melbourne, Australia. He completed an honors degree in history at Monash University (1998), an MA in War Studies at King`s College London (2000) and a PhD at the Humboldt University in Berlin (2007). His research focus has centered primarily on the German military in World War II and particularly Hitler`s war against the Soviet Union. Dr. Stahel`s latest book Operation Typhoon was released by Cambridge University Press in March 2013 and will be followed by another book focusing on German operations on the eastern front in November and early December 1941.

David Stahel completed his undergraduate studies at Monash University and Boston College. He has an MA in War Studies from King`s College London and a PhD in 2007 from the Humboldt University in Berlin. His dissertation has been published by Cambridge Military Histories as Operation Barbarossa and Germany`s Defeat in the East. He joined the University of New South Wales Canberra in 2012.

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