Centre of Military History, United States Army, Washington, 1st ed., 1968. Xii + 549 pp., photo-ills., ills., maps & plans. D.j., 24 x 18cm. Light stain to margin of prelims o/w FINE. This major study of the Soviet-German conflict in World War II has an outstanding reputation among those fascinated by military history and the tactics of total land war. Drawing on vast documentation and illustrating the volume with 42 specially commissioned maps and over 70 photographs, the author chronicles almost 4 years of continuous combat involving 8 to 9 million actively engaged troops across a front that stretched over 3,000 miles in 1942, and was never less than 2,400 miles long. Despite the loss of nearly two-thirds of its natural and industrial resources in the first few months of the war, the Soviet Union ultimately proved a deadly opponent. Its tactical and economic advantages were aided by two vital German mistakes : their attempt to force a stalemate in the style of World War I, and by the ruthless and uncompromising nature of Hitler's war aims.