"Stalin's Keys to Victory: The Rebirth of the Red Army in World War II", by Walter S Dunn Jr.
English text, soft cover, 208 pages, 20 b/w photos. An important reevaluation of the Eastern Front in World War II and a detailed look at how the Soviet Union created more new divisions in a few months than the United States did during the entire war.
When Hitler invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, the German Army quickly annihilated a major portion of the Red Army. Yet the Red Army rebounded to successfully defend Moscow in late 1941, defeat the Germans at Stalingrad in 1942 and Kursk in 1943, and deliver the deathblow in Belarus in 1944. Dunn examines these 4 battles while explaining how the Soviets lost a third of their prewar army yet returned to beat one of the most highly trained and experienced armies the world has ever seen.
More than 60 tables list losses, tank and weapon production, and unit formation, with special emphasis on rifle and tank divisions and brigades.
In Victory Park in Moscow, there is a huge and relatively new museum dedicated to celebrating the Victory over Germany in WW II. If you have been there, you may remember that the walls of one very long corridor are said to include the name and designation of every Red Army unit that fought in the war. If you read this book, however, and think about how Moscow constantly renumbered units, you may find yourself wanting to go back for a second visit to that corridor to see how the historians working for the Russian Federation were able to make sense of it at all.