Kharkov 1942
The Wehrmacht Strikes Back


Author: Robert Forczyk

Illustrator: Howard Gerrard

This 96 page paperback book is number 254 in the Campaign Series of book available from Osprey Publications.

After failing to finish off the German Army in the 1941/42 Winter Counteroffensive Stalin directed the Red Army to conduct a powerful blow in one sector of the Eastern Front in order to disrupt German plans. The sector chosen was Kharkov. Under Marshal Semyon Timoshenko, the Stavka’s remaining reserves were assembled and prepared to conduct a breakthrough attack intended to encircle the German Sixth Army near Kharkov. However, Stalin was unaware that the Germans were planning their own riposte at Kharkov, known as Operation Fredericus. When Timoshenko began his offensive in May 1942, he did not realize the limitations of his own forces or the agility of the Germans to recover from setbacks, all of which contributed to one of the Red Army greatest defeats of World War II. This volume will pay particular attention to intelligence and logistics issues, as well as how this campaign served as a prelude to the battle of Stalingrad. It will also focus on the nascent development of the Red Army’s tank corps and ‘deep battle’ tactics, as well as the revival of the German Panzertruppen after Barbarossa.

The contents of this book are;

  • Contents
  • Origins of the campaign
  • Chronology
  • Opposing Commanders
  • Opposing Forces
  • Opposing Plans
  • The Soviet Offensive, 12–16 May 1942
  • The German Counteroffensive, 17–23 May 1942
  • The End Game, 24–29 May 1942
  • Aftermath
  • The Battlefield
  • Today
  • Further Reading
  • Index

Kharkov 1942 the Wehrmacht strikes back is a short but informative book on the important German victory’s which precluded their strike on Stalingrad. The book contains numerous maps, color battle scenes, 3D views, and many photographs taken during the battle. This is an excellent book for the modeler or diorama builder looking for inspiration from battles on the Eastern front.

Available from Osprey Publications

Paperback MSRP UK £14.99/ US $21.95/ CAN $22.95