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

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

by Mary R. Habeck


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801479489
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 01/31/2014
Series: Cornell Studies in Security Affairs
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,155,346
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

1. The Unfinished Machine, 1919–1923
2. Material or Morale?: The Debate over the Mechanization of Warfare, 1923–1927
3. Technology Triumphant: Early German-Soviet Collaboration, 1927–1929
4. Consensus and Conflict, 1930–1931
5. A New Confidence?: The End of Collaboration, 1932–1933
6. Trading Places, 1934–1936
7. The Evidence of Small Wars: Armor Doctrine in Practice, 1936–1939
Epilogue: Armor Doctrine and Large Wars, 1939–1941

What People are Saying About This

Patrick Wright

"Storm of Steel is the first book I have seen that really traces how the doctrines of land warfare initiated by the British tank pioneers in World War I were later taken up and developed in Germany and the Soviet Union. I've read nothing in English that describes the German/Soviet cooperation of the late twenties and early thirties as clearly as this book does."

Bruce Menning

"Mary Habeck has crafted an impressive analysis of evolving armor doctrine in Germany and the Soviet Union during the period between the two world wars. This book's depth, sophistication, and uniqueness of approach set it apart from its academic and not-so-academic competitors."

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