actually, 3.5 stars When Titans Clashed provides an overview of the most titanic armed struggle in history, the murderous fight between the German Axis forces (large numbers of Italians, Romanians, Hungarians and Bulgarians were involved) and the Soviet armed forces. The numbers of men and arms employed and ground into mincemeat are simply staggering. Even if the Wehrmacht had available to it all of the men facing the Allies in France, it still would have lost the battle, as the Red Army had more than 6.5 million men in the fray in 1944 (3 times more than the Axis), according to Glantz, and the Soviet military production had long since outstripped that of the Axis. Glantz provides an eagle's eye view of this part of World War II, reporting well on strategic and operational policies and their evolution in the face of hard experience. But with only 290 pages of text, tactical considerations, most logistical matters, and every hint of the war on the ground had to be left aside. This led to the following very typical example of the author's style:"While the German attention was riveted to the Korsun'-Shevchenkovskii salient, Soviet forces struck against both flanks of Army Group South, taking advantage of the fact that panzer operational reserves had been summoned to the sounds of the guns at Korsun' . On the 1st Ukrainian Front's right flank, Vatutin threw his 13th and 60th Armies, supported by 1st and 6th Guards Cavalry Corps, against von Manstein's overextended left flank south of the Pripiat Marshes. Between 27 January and 11 February, an audacious cavalry advance through inhospitable swampy terrain unhinged German defenses and seized Rovno and Lutsk, favorable positions from which to conduct future operations into Army Group South's rear."I assure you, the quoted paragraph is not an introductory summary to be followed by details; this was everything he had to say about the entire operation. Nice try with the "riveted" and the "audacious", but page after page of this kind of writing gets wearing. Granted, if he wanted to tell the story from the strategic all the way down to the grunt's war, as Rick Atkinson does in his Liberation Trilogy, Glantz would need at least 2,000 pages. I hope that book(s) gets written. I'll read it. Because Glantz managed to get access to closely guarded Soviet records, this first attempt (by a Western historian) to exploit them for historical purposes has my respect.