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Stalin's Armour, 1941–1945 (Hardback)

Soviet Tanks at War

Military > Tanks WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Russia & the Eastern Front > Operation Barbarossa

By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 70 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526777935
Published: 9th February 2021



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Stalin’s purge of army officers in the late 1930s and disputes about tank tactics meant that Soviet armoured forces were in disarray when Hitler invaded in 1941. As a result, during Operation Barbarossa, the Wehrmacht’s 3,200 panzers ran circles round the Red Army’s tank force of almost 20,000 – thousands of Soviet tanks were disabled or destroyed.

Yet within two years of this disaster the Red Army’s tank arm had regained its confidence and numbers and was in a position to help turn the tide and liberate the Soviet Union. This is the remarkable story Anthony Tucker-Jones relates in this concise, highly illustrated history of the part played by Soviet armour in the war on the Eastern Front.

Chapters cover each phase of the conflict, from Barbarossa, through the battles at Moscow, Stalingrad and Kursk to the massive, tank-led offensives that drove the Wehrmacht back to Berlin. Technical and design developments are covered, but so are changes in tactics and the role of the tanks in the integrated all-arms force that crushed German opposition.

"This book is a great primer for anyone with a developing interest in Soviet Second World War tank design and employment. I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Eastern Front armoured combat and tank development."

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WWII History, April 2022

A very interesting book with Anthony Tucker-Jones in top form.

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Miniaturas JM

This book is clearly aimed at anyone who has an interest in Soviet Armoured Forces during World War II. The author cleverly and in an easy to read style brings together the various factors that lead to victory on the Eastern Front and ultimately the defeat of the Nazis. This is an excellent book that unravels a very complicated and important story.

Miniature Armoured Fighting Vehicles Association

"The book is full of details that really make reading it very informative."

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"Enjoyed it."

The Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"Highly Recommended for anyone interested in the story of Soviet armor in WWII."

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This a compelling enough read for me to happily and heartily recommend it.

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A Question of Scale

The book is a great reference source.

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The Armor Modeling and Preservation Society

"...will be of interest to modelers and military historians alike. Recommended."

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AMPS Indianapolis

e: Enhanced for academia and military history buffs alike with the inclusion of a number of illustrations, two Appendices (Red Army Tank Units 1941-1945; Soviet Tanks and Tracked Armoured Fightin Vehicles 1941-1945), a four page Bibliography, and a seven page Index, "Stalin's Armour, 1941 - 1945: Soviet Tanks at War" is comprehensively informative and an exceptionally well organized and presented work of meticulous research and outstanding scholarship.

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Midwest Book Review

In this book we learn more about the ways and influences of the battles on the Eastern Front as the Russians tried to push back the German tank onslaught. We’re always told that the German blitzkrieg was all dominant and the russians or anyone else couldn’t really put up much of a defence. But with the Russians this was partly true in that the German tanks were running rings around the russian tanks but this wasn’t solely down to the might of the German tanks at all. In the end though the Russians found their footing and were able to fight back with better tanks and better trained troops. I notice in the description that this is described as a technical book and to a point it is, but the book isn’t too swamped with technicalities about the tanks. The book is evenly balanced between technical detail and history of the battles. It’s certainly a very good read, balanced and well written, walking the fine line between being just right and not being too techy. The book also has an excellent set of photos throughout the book which add further meaning and description to the writing. I enjoy books written by this author who knows what he is talking about, most certainly a book I would recommend to others.

5 stars

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UK Historian

This is a highly readable book which covers all the bases without becoming embroiled in technical detail which would have detracted from the much fuller picture which the author has successfully painted.

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Phil Curme

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About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones, a former intelligence officer, is an author and commentator who specialises in military history, with more than 50 books to his name. His work has also been published in an array of magazines and online. He regularly appears on television and radio programmes commenting on current and historical military matters. His books include Armoured Warfare in the North African CampaignThe Battle for the MediterraneanThe Desert Air WarThe Devil’s BridgeHitler’s Winter and Churchill Master and Commander.

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