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Do be advised that shipments may be delayed due to extra safety precautions implemented at our centres and delays with local shipping carriers. The latest volume in the magisterial Germany and the Second World War series, volume VIII deals with one of the most eventful phases of the Second World War: the battles on the eastern front in and In no other period of the war, apart from its concluding phase in , did the Wehrmacht suffer such enormous losses.
The land battles of those years, first and foremost the battle of Kursk in the summer of , were among the biggest in world history.
It was no longer a matter of isolated flare-ups: the whole eastern front was in flames. The dramatic climax was reached in the summer of , when the collapse of Army Group Centre led to what was then the heaviest defeat in German military history. It was nevertheless overshadowed by events on the western front, with the Allied invasion of Normandy in June And it is that which dominates perceptions in western societies to this day and has relegated the catastrophe in the east, despite its unprecedented proportions, to the rank of an almost 'forgotten war'.
Karl-Heinz Frieser b. From to , he was a research associate at the MGFA, becoming head of research on the world war era. His main area of research is in the operational history of the Second World War. Indeed, it is rare that a scholarly enterprise of such vast scope makes such effective use of primary sources, and all of the authors are to be commended for their efforts.
In short, like the other volumes in the series, volume 8 makes an invaluable contribution to the historiography of WW II in Europe Klaus A. McMurry, Ewald Osers, P. Falla, Dean S. McMurry, Ewald Osers. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.
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