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Old 04-23-2003, 10:03 AM   #1
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Great Patriotic War Bibliography

Here is a short annotated bibliography of some interesting works on the GPW. This is from an old paper of mine and is focused on the Soviet soldier and war economics not on a history of battles etc.

I will post other work later.

Shawn

PS I put it here instead of the research section as it is really nothing to do with award research, just overall background knowledge.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Artemev, A.P., Bratskii Boevoi Soiuz Narodov SSSR v Velikoi
Otechestvennoi voine. Moscow: Izdatelstvo Mysl', 1975.
- some stats on ethnic breakdown of WWII Red Army.


Bacon, Edwin, The GULAG at War. London: Macmillan, 1994.
- best study on actual role and size of GULAG in WWII, successive releases of varous classes of prisoners for military duty.

Barber, John, "Popular Reaction in Moscow to the German Invasion of June 22, 1941", in Wieczynski, Joseph L., ed., Operation Barbarossa. Salt Lake City: Charles Schlacks, 1993.

Barber, John & Mark Harrison, The Soviet Home Front, 1941-1945.
London: Longman, 1991.
- excellent book an what was happening at home, work, food, social effects of the war, etc.

Berman, Harold J., & Miroslav Kerner, eds., Documents on Soviet
Military Law and Administration. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1955.
- various conscription and service laws

Bukov, K.I., "The Anxious October of '41" in Russian Studies in History Vol. 31, Number 4, Spring 1993.

Dunn, Walter S., Jr., Hitler's Nemesis. Westport, CON:Praeger,
1994.
- excellent book on red army, especially useful n analysis of numbers.

ibid, The Soviet Economy and the Red Army. Westport, CON: Praeger, 1995.
- follow-on to last book, best source on wartime military economy, production and challenges, how they financed the war,

Dunstan, John, Soviet Schooling in the Second World War. London: Macmillan, 1997.
- what was happening to education at home, primary, secondary and specialist civilian and military.

Erickson, John, "Soviet War Losses", in Erickson, John & David Dilkes (eds), Barbarossa: The Axis and the Allies. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1994.
- part of the important revelation throughout the 1990s of the true level of RKKA losses.

ibid, The Road to Stalingrad. London: Weidenfeld, 1993.
ibid, The Road to Berlin. London: Phoenix, 1996.
- Erickson’s huge history, best overall two-volume history of war, now dated but still good, ad best access to Soviet materials pre-Glantz

Fainsod, Merle, Smolensk Under Soviet Rule. Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1989.
- classic study of Smolensk archives captured by Germans in October 1941, looks at how Soviet government actually worked on eve of war.

Glantz, David M., "Soviet Mobilization in Peace and War, 1924-1942: A Survey", in The Journal of Soviet Military Studies, Vol.5, No.3 (September 1992).

Glantz, David M. and Jonathan M. House, When Titans Clash: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler. Lawrence, KA: University Press of Kansas, 1995.
- best single volume study of war.

Glantz, David M. and Harold S. Orenstein, The Korsun'- Shevchenkovskii Operation (The Cherkassy Pocket), (January-
February 1944): The Soviet General Staff Study. Privately Published, 1997.
- one of about 6 formerly classified RKKA General Staff studies on war published by Glantz.

Harrison, Mark, Soviet Planning in Peace and War, 1938-1945. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.
- how Gosplan and state planning worked in the war era, more on war financing.

Il'enkov, S.A., "Concerning the Registration of Soviet Armed Forces' Wartime Irrevocable Losses, 1941-1945.", in Journal of Slavic Military Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2 (June 1996 ).
- more on true scope of losses.

Krivosheev, G.F., ed., Grif Sekretnosti Sniat. Moscow: Voenizdat, 1993.
- THE source on war losses, still has problems but the best that can be done from official records, secret until recently, now available in English I understand.

Kurkotkin, General S.K., Tyl Sovetskikh Vooruzhennykh Sil v Velikoi
Otechestvennoi voine 1941-1945 gg. Moscow: Voenizdat, 1977.
- study of role of RKKA Rear in war, good on supply system.

Moskoff, William, The Bread of Affliction: The Food Supply in the
USSR. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.
- good section on wartime.

Narodnyi Kommissariat Oborony Soyuza SSR, Stroevoi Ustav Pekhoty RKKA. Moscow: Voenizdat, 1940.
- this and other official manuals are good for study of theory and other interesting details, interesting to see what was and was not expected of soldiers.

Parrish, Michael, The U.S.S.R. in World War II: An Annotated
Bibliography. 2 Volumes. New York: Garland, 1981.
- the real bibliography listing over 5000, mostly Russian, works on the war, with notes. A must for further research.

Poliakov, Iu.A., Zhironskaia, V.B., and Kiselev, I.N., "The 1937
Census" in Russian Studies in History Vol. 31, Number 1, Summer 1992.
- good for studying composition of RKKA on eve of war.

Reese, Roger, "A Note on the Consequence of the Expansion of the Red Army on the Eve of World War II", in Soviet Studies, Vol. 51, Number 1.
- Reese’s very important thesis that the effect of purges on RKKA’s wartime performance has been over-rated. It was still important but not as much as the fact that between end of purges (38') and beginning of war (41') the number of officers in the RKKA tripled! This had a far more important effect on a wider range of issues than the loss of some of the original officers as now most officers were new and many positions were still unfilled.

ibid, Stalin's Reluctant Soldiers. Lawrence, KA: University Press of Kansas, 1996.
- excellent study of RKKA soldiers, unfortunately it is for pre-war era late 20s and 1930s.

Rigby, T.H., Communist Party Membership in the U.S.S.R., 1917-1967. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1968.

Sella, Amnon, The Value of Human Life in Soviet Warfare. London: Routledge, 1992.
- amazing and almost unknown study that blows away most of the simplistic assumptions on the Red Army. He had full access to Soviet RKKA medical service archives and other combat records. Yes losses were huge and conditions poor but this was generally limited more to the early part of the war. From mid-war on the RKKA provided much better medical care for their men than Soviet civilians had ever had - very important issue for morale of soldiers. It was also better than the Germans for last two years of war. What stunned me was the study of the RKKA’s psychological care system. When Patton was slapping soldiers and making fun of shell-shock the RKKA had over a dozen hospitals for shell shock victims alone plus psychologists down to divisional level in many cases. Kind of puts the “the NKVD shot everyone who did not stay in line at the front and fight bravely” crap into perspective doesn’t it.

Sharp, Charles C., Soviet Order of Battle World War II. Privately Published, 1995-1996.
Volume I: "The Deadly Beginning" Soviet Tank, Mechanized, Motorized Divisions and Tank Brigades of 1940-1942.
Volume II: "School of Battle" Soviet Tank Corps and Tank Brigades January 1942 to 1945.
Volume III: "Red Storm" Soviet Mechanized Corps and Guards Armoured Units 1942 to 1945.
Volume IV: "Red Guards" Soviet Guards Rifle and Airborne Units 1941 to 1945.
Volume V: "Red Sabers" Soviet Cavalry Corps, Divisions, and Brigades 1941 to 1945.
Volume VI: "Red Thunder" Soviet Artillery Corps, Divisions, and Brigades 1941 to 1945.
Volume VII: "Red Death" Soviet Mountain, Naval, NKVD, and Allied Divisions and Brigades 1941 to 1945.
Volume VIII: "Red Legions" Soviet Rifle Divisions Formed Before June 1941.
Volume IX: "Red Tide" Soviet Rifle Divisions Formed From June to December 1941.
Volume X: "Red Swarm" Soviet Rifle Divisions Formed From 1942 to 1945.
Volume XI: "Red Volunteers" Soviet Militia Units, Rifle and Ski Brigades 1941 - 1945.
-best study of RKKA units.

U.S. Army, Handbook on Russian Military Forces. US Army, 1945-1946.
- this is the US intel manual made by ex-Nazi intelligence officers. Still great book on equipment and stuff.

Von Hagen, Mark, Soldiers in the Proletarian Dictatorship. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1990.
- excellent study of soldiers from 1920s to early 30s.

ibid, "Soviet Soldiers and Officers on the Eve of the German Invasion", in Wieczynski, Joseph L., ed., Operation Barbarossa. Salt Lake City, UT: Charles Schlacks Jr., 1993.

Wirtschafter, Elise K., From Serf to Peasant Soldier. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1990.
- study of late Tsarist soldiers but excellent for examining methodology of studying enlisted personnel in Russia.

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Shawn,

An excellent list! I will try to add some other scholarly works in a little while. If poeple read your list, I think many would have a different (and more proper) historical perspective on the war.

Any chance to get a copy of your thesis?

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a great thanks Shawn. Now let's hunt paper...
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I'd love to read it too!

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The Battle of Kursk (Modern War Studies)

The Battle for Leningrad, 1941-1944 (Modern War Studies)

Winter Warfare: Red Army Orders and Experiences (Soviet Study of War , No 8)
by Joseph G. Welsh (Translator), Richard N. Armstrong (Editor), David M. Glantz (Editor)


Barbarossa 1941

From the Don to the Dnepr: A Study of Soviet Offensive Operations December 1942-August 1943 (Soviet Military Experience)

The Soviet Partisan Movement, 1941-1944: A Critical Historiographical Analysis (Cass Series on Soviet (Russian) Military Experience, 4)

The Battle for Kursk, 1943: The Soviet General Staff Study (Cass Series on the Soviet Study of War, No. 10.)

Belorussia 1944: The Soviet General Staff Study (Cass Series on the Soviet (Russian) Study of War, 12)

Stalingrad
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Berlin: the Downfall 1945
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Just finished reading Stalingrad. I highly recommend it.

It does not pull any punches.

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