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The Anvil of War (Paperback)

German Generalship in Defence on the Eastern Front

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By Peter Tsouras
Frontline Books
Pages: 302
ISBN: 9781848328709
Published: 24th August 2016

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The Anvil of War details the German strategies and tactics employed by the commanders on the cataclysmic Russian Front in the Second World War. rnrnMonographs by two officers who served in Russia – Military Improvisations during the Russian Campaign and German Defense Tactics against Russian Breakthrough by General Erhard Rauss, and Operations of Encircled Forces by Generalleutnant Oldwig von Natzmer – show how the Germans adapted techniques to cope with their enemy’s great numerical superiority, and managed to delay and sometimes drive back the ‘steamroller’ Russian forces during the German retreat in 1945.rnrnThese reports were written as part of a U.S. Army program instigated after the war by Colonel S.L.A. Marshall of the Army Historical Division, who was convinced that no record of the war could be complete without the input of German commanding officers and their main staff officers. The significance of the material detailing the Germans’ vast experience of fighting the Soviets was emphasised with the fear of a Russian attack during the Cold War.

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About Peter Tsouras

Peter Tsouras has written critically-acclaimed alternate histories on D-Day, Gettysburg and Stalingrad. He was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. After army service in the US and Germany he retired from the US Army Reserve in 1994 in the rank of lieutenant colonel. After his army service Tsouras worked for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Threat Analysis Center (now the National Ground Intelligence Center) and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

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