Making use of the extensive memoirs of German and Russian soldiers to bring this story to life, Retribution follows on from On A Knife's Edge, which described the encirclement and destruction of the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad and the offensives and counter offensives that followed throughout the winter of 1942-43.
Beginning towards the end of the Battle of Kursk, Retribution tells the story of the massive Soviet offensive that followed the end of Operation Zitadelle, which saw depleted and desperate German troops forced out of Western Ukraine. In this title, critically acclaimed Eastern Front expert Prit Buttar describes in detail the little-known series of near-constant battles that saw a weakened German army confronted by a tactically sophisticated force of over six million Soviet troops. As a result, the Wehrmacht was driven back to the Dnepr and German forces remaining in the Kuban Peninsula south of Rostov were forced back into the Crimea, a retreat which would become one of many in the months that followed.
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02 February 2021
List of Maps Author's Note Dramatis Personae Introduction 1 - Summer 1943: The Decisive Shift 2 - The Mius 3 - Operation Polkovodets Rumyantsev 4 - Akhtyrka and Bogodukhov 5 - Kharkov 6 - Attrition: From the Mius and Donets to the Dnepr 7 - The Dnepr Bridgeheads 8 - Krivoy Rog 9 - Kiev and Zhitomir 10 - Year's End 11 - A Year of Decision Notes Bibliography Index
Prit Buttar studied medicine at Oxford and London before joining the British Army as a doctor. After leaving the army, he worked as a GP, first near Bristol and then in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. He appeared from time to time on local and national TV and radio, speaking on a variety of medical issues, and contributed regularly to the medical press. An established expert on the Eastern Front in 20th century military history, Buttar's previous books include the critically acclaimed Battleground Prussia: The Assault on Germany's Eastern Front 1944-45 (Osprey 2010), Between Giants: The Battle for the Baltics in World War II (Osprey 2013) and a definitive four-part series on the Eastern Front in World War I which concluded with The Splintered Empires: The Eastern Front 1917-21 (Osprey, 2017). He lives in Kirkcudbright, Scotland.
Reviews for Retribution: The Soviet Reconquest of Central Ukraine, 1943
An excellent strategic and operational analysis of this mostly ignored campaign... * New York Journal of Books *