David Glantz

David Glantz
Born (1942-01-11) January 11, 1942
Port Chester, New York, U.S.
Residence United States
Academic work
Main interests Military historian (History of warfare, World War II, Soviet Union in World War II
Notable works Stalingrad trilogy (volume 1, 2 and 3); When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler and other works on the Red Army; Journal of Slavic Military Studies
Notable ideas Soviet operational art

David M. Glantz (born January 11, 1942 in Port Chester, New York) is an American military historian and the chief editor of the Journal of Slavic Military Studies.

Glantz received degrees in history from the Virginia Military Institute and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Defense Language Institute, Institute for Russian and Eastern European Studies, and U.S. Army War College. He entered active service with the United States Army in 1963.

Military service

He began his military career in 1963 as a field artillery officer from 1965 to 1969. He served in various assignments in the United States, and in Vietnam during the Vietnam War with the II Field Force Fire Support Coordination Element (FSCE) at the "Plantation" in Long Binh.

Teaching career

After teaching history at the United States Military Academy from 1969 through 1973, he completed the army’s Soviet foreign area specialist program and became chief of Estimates in US Army Europe’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (USAREUR ODCSI) from 1977 to 1979. Upon his return to the United States in 1979, he became chief of research at the Army’s newly formed Combat Studies Institute (CSI) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, from 1979 to 1983 and then Director of Soviet Army Operations at the Center for Land Warfare, United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, from 1983 to 1986. While at the College, Glantz was instrumental in conducting the annual "Art of War" symposia which produced the best analysis of the conduct of operations on the Eastern Front during the Second World War in English to date. The symposia included attendance of a number of former German participants in the operations, and resulted in publication of the seminal transcripts of proceedings. Returning to Fort Leavenworth in 1986, he helped found and later directed the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO), originally the Soviet Military Studies Office, where he remained until his retirement in 1993 with the rank of Colonel.

Glantz was a Mark W. Clark visiting professor of History at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.[1]

Activity after retirement

In 1993, while at FMSO, he established The Journal of Slavic Military Studies, a scholarly journal for which he still serves as chief editor, that covers military affairs in the states of Central and Eastern Europe as well as the former Soviet Union.

A member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, he has written or co-authored more than twenty commercially published books, over sixty self-published studies and atlases, and over one hundred articles dealing with the history of the Red (Soviet) Army, Soviet military strategy, operational art, and tactics, Soviet airborne operations, intelligence, and deception, and other topics related to World War II. In recognition of his work, he has received several awards, including the Society for Military History's prestigious Samuel Eliot Morison Prize for his contributions to the study of military history.

Glantz is known as a military historian of the Soviet role in World War II.[2] He is perhaps most associated with the thesis that World War II Soviet military history has been prejudiced in the West by its over-reliance on German oral and printed sources, without being balanced by a similar examination of Soviet source material; a more complete version of this thesis can be found in his paper "The Failures of Historiography: Forgotten Battles of the German-Soviet War (1941-1945)."[3] Glantz has also, however, met with some criticism for his stylistic choices, such as inventing specific thoughts and feelings of historical figures without reference to documented sources.[4]

Glantz is also known as an opponent of Viktor Suvorov's thesis, which he endeavored to rebut with the book Stumbling Colossus.

He lives with his wife Mary Ann Glantz in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The Glantzes' daughter Mary E. Glantz, also a historian, has written FDR And The Soviet Union: The President's Battles Over Foreign Policy (ISBN 070061365X).

Studies for the US Army


See also


  1. "33 new members join The Citadel faculty". Citadel News Service. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  2. egli: "Book Review: David M. Glantz, Stumbling Colossus. The Red Army on the Eve of World War." Fronta.cz (9. 9. 2003); Ondík: "Book Review: David M. Glantz, Od Donu k Dněpru (Sovětská ofenziva prosinec 1942 - srpen 1943)." Fronta.cz (22. 11. 2003).
  3. Glantz, Col. David M. "The Failures of Historiography: Forgotten Battles of the German-Soviet War (1941-1945)"
  4. Haslam, Jonathan. "Book Review: David M. Glantz, Zhukov's Greatest Defeat: The Red Army's Epic Disaster in Operation Mars, 1942." The American Historical Review, Vol. 105, No. 4 (October, 2000), 1426-1428.

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