Storm of Steel: The Development of Armor Doctrine in Germany and the Soviet Union, 1919–1939

Cornell University Press, 30 juin 2014 - 336 pages

In this fascinating account of the battle tanks that saw combat in the European Theater of World War II, Mary R. Habeck traces the strategies developed between the wars for the use of armored vehicles in battle. Only in Germany and the Soviet Union were truly original armor doctrines (generally known as "blitzkreig" and "deep battle") fully implemented. Storm of Steel relates how the German and Soviet armies formulated and chose to put into practice doctrines that were innovative for the time, yet in many respects identical to one another.

As part of her extensive archival research in Russia, Germany, and Britain, Habeck had access to a large number of formerly secret and top-secret documents from several post-Soviet archives. This research informs her comparative approach as she looks at the roles of technology, shared influences, and assumptions about war in the formation of doctrine. She also explores relations between the Germans and the Soviets to determine whether collaboration influenced the convergence of their armor doctrines.


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The book is well written and argumented; a "must read" for anyone interested in the interwar history of the USSR and Germany. What's surprised me, though, is the vitality of the myth of the so called ... Consulter l'avis complet

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This monograph bears close study in that the author puts a lot of meat on the bones of the history of the mechanization of warfare by the leading practitioners. If nothing else Habeck spent a lot of ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

1 The Unfinished Machine 19191923
2 Materiel or Morale? The Debate over the Mechanization of War fare 19231927
3 Technology Triumphant Early GermanSoviet Collaboration 19271929
4 Consensus and Conflict 19301931
5 A New Confidence? The End of Collaboration 19321933
6 Trading Places 19341936
7 The Evidence of Small Wars Armor Doctrine in Practice 19361939
Epilogue Armor Doctrine and Large Wars 19391941
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HabeckMary R.:

Mary R. Habeck is Associate Professor of Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is the author of Knowing the Enemy: Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror and coeditor of Spain Betrayed: The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War and The Great War and the Twentieth Century.

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