David M. Glantz and Jonathan M. House have collaborated on all five volumes of the Stalingrad Trilogy, as well as on the books When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler and The Battle of Kursk. A retired U. S. Army colonel fluent in Russian, Glantz is the author of numerous books, including The Battle for Leningrad, 1941-1944; Colossus Reborn: The Red Army at War, and Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania. Professor emeritus of Military History, US Army Command and General Staff College, House is the author of Combined Arms Warfare in the Twentieth Century.
As always, Glantz and House have produced a thoroughly researched and detailed account of the Stalingrad campaign that offers cogent analysis of both German and Soviet strengths and weaknesses. In forgetting their original goal, the oil of the Caucasus, the Germans squandered a chance at victory and allowed the increasingly competent Soviet command time to organize an effective resistance. As they demonstrate, Stalingrad might not have been the turning point of the war, but it did mark the point at which it was unlikely Germany could win any sort of war. -- Stephen G. Fritz, author of Ostkrieg: Hitler's War of Extermination in the East Concise and concentrated yet sacrificing no essential detail. A master class in strategic and operational analysis. A fine achievement. -- Frank Ellis, author of Stalingrad Cauldron and Barbarossa 1941