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I just finished reading Barbarossa: Hitler's Invasion of Russia by David Glantz. I found the book to be borderline unreadable. This could be that I am relatively new to military structure and history as I picked up this book on the solid recommendations online.

I am currently reading Omaha Beach by Joseph Balkoski and am finding his style incredibly enjoyable and readable.

Glantz seemed all strategy and tactics with sentence to sentence references of armies, officers, locations, etc. There was not really any prose. I also find myself enjoying the first person accounts in Omaha Beach.

So, like the title says, I guess I'm looking for a Barbarossa book that is similar in style to Omaha Beach, A Bridge Too Far, etc. Something with an overall discussion of strategy and tactics with some story telling in between?
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War Without Garlands, Kershaw. Informative and readable.
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War Without Garlands, Kershaw. Informative and readable.


Thank you, this was on my list but wasn't sure about it.
 
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I know it's scholarship has been surpassed in recent years but I still think that Alan Clark's Barbarossa The Russian-German Conflict is one of the best single volume accounts of this war. It is eminently readable and engaging.
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BrokenAxe wrote:
I just finished reading Barbarossa: Hitler's Invasion of Russia by David Glantz. I found the book to be borderline unreadable. This could be that I am relatively new to military structure and history as I picked up this book on the solid recommendations online.

I am currently reading Omaha Beach by Joseph Balkoski and am finding his style incredibly enjoyable and readable.

Glantz seemed all strategy and tactics with sentence to sentence references of armies, officers, locations, etc. There was not really any prose. I also find myself enjoying the first person accounts in Omaha Beach.

So, like the title says, I guess I'm looking for a Barbarossa book that is similar in style to Omaha Beach, A Bridge Too Far, etc. Something with an overall discussion of strategy and tactics with some story telling in between?


BTW the latest "Wargames to Go" podcast has an interview with Balkoski where he talks extensively about his approach to writing and how he became an expert on the Normandy campaign, and argues that his approach to writing and history is fundamentally sourced in his experience as a gamer and game designer.
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mcszarka wrote:
BrokenAxe wrote:
I just finished reading Barbarossa: Hitler's Invasion of Russia by David Glantz. I found the book to be borderline unreadable. This could be that I am relatively new to military structure and history as I picked up this book on the solid recommendations online.

I am currently reading Omaha Beach by Joseph Balkoski and am finding his style incredibly enjoyable and readable.

Glantz seemed all strategy and tactics with sentence to sentence references of armies, officers, locations, etc. There was not really any prose. I also find myself enjoying the first person accounts in Omaha Beach.

So, like the title says, I guess I'm looking for a Barbarossa book that is similar in style to Omaha Beach, A Bridge Too Far, etc. Something with an overall discussion of strategy and tactics with some story telling in between?


BTW the latest "Wargames to Go" podcast has an interview with Balkoski where he talks extensively about his approach to writing and how he became an expert on the Normandy campaign, and argues that his approach to writing and history is fundamentally sourced in his experience as a gamer and game designer.


I actually listened to that and it is what prompted me to read his book. I enjoyed that interview immensely.
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BrokenAxe wrote:
mcszarka wrote:

BTW the latest "Wargames to Go" podcast has an interview with Balkoski where he talks extensively about his approach to writing and how he became an expert on the Normandy campaign, and argues that his approach to writing and history is fundamentally sourced in his experience as a gamer and game designer.


I actually listened to that and it is what prompted me to read his book. I enjoyed that interview immensely.


Glad to hear it! Now you've given me a good lead, as I've just put a library hold on War Without Garlands, thanks.
 
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Barbarossa Unleashed by Craig Luther covers Army Group Center and includes first person accounts.
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desertfox2004 wrote:
I know it's scholarship has been surpassed in recent years but I still think that Alan Clark's Barbarossa The Russian-German Conflict is one of the best single volume accounts of this war. It is eminently readable and engaging.


Completely agree, Clark's book is BY FAR the best written narrative I've read on the subject, old as it is. Glantz and Erickson are tough reads, with Albert Seaton not far behind, although there is great info to be gleaned from all of them.

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