Dr. Craig W.H. Luther

Former U.S. Air Force Historian & Author of the Critically Acclaimed "Barbarossa Unleashed"
Email: [email protected]

(Note: My newest book, The First Day on the Eastern Front. Germany Invades the Soviet Union, June 22, 1941, will be published by Stackpole Books in fall of 2018. See my "home page" for more information.)

I am a retired U.S. Air Force historian (16 years at McClellan AFB, 11 years at Edwards AFB) and former Fullbrigh Scholar (Bonn, West Germany 1979-80. However, my primary passion has always been researching and writing about German military operations during WWII, and primarily on the eastern front. I have published four books (and a half dozen articles) on this topic, and my most recent work is Barbarossa Unleashed. The German Blitzkrieg through Central Russia to the Gates of Moscow. June - December 1941. The book, which took nearly 13 years to complete (five trips to Germany, and one to Rzhev, Russia for research), includes more than 200 photographs (many never before published) and 22 large fold-out maps (among them sharp, color reproductions of German Army General Staff maps); it has received wonderful reviews, for which I am most grateful. To learn more, go to:

Barbarossa Unleashed has been very well received by the historical community. According to Dr. David Stahel, one of the world's foremost experts on Operation "Barbarossa," the book is a "landmark study," virtually unprecedented in scope and analysis. Another well-known military historian recently reviewed "Barbarossa Unleashed" and characterized it as the "premier study" in the field for many years to come. After 12/13 years of research--a total of more than 25,000 hours of research and writing!--these and other glowing reviews are a validation of sorts. The book is published by Schiffer Books in large 7" by 10" format. It includes over 700 pages of text, more than 200 photographs (many provided me by German veterans of the fighting along the Minsk-Smolensk-Moscow axis, and never before published) and 22 large 11" by 17" maps (including wonderful color reproductions of original German Army General Staff maps of day-to-day activities along the central axis of advance.

Over the years, I have donated most of the original materials used in preparation of "Barbarossa Unleashed" to the Hoover Archives at Stanford University; this embraces some 50-60 "bankers' boxes" of documents, maps, and over 500 photographs, mostly pertaining to Operation Barbarossa. All of these materials are now available to the public. I would be delighted to support any scholar/researcher wants to know more about these documents (which are filed under the "Craig W.H. Luther Papers" at Hoover. You can contact me over email at: [email protected] My papers at Hoover also include all of the interviews I did with German and Canadian soldiers for my book, "Blood and Honor. The History of the 12th SS Panzer-Division, "Hitler Youth," 1943/45.

Finally, among the materials I've given to Hoover (which does  a truly wonderful job of organizing and cataloguing everything) is a collection of the correspondence (more than 500 letters) between Dr. Heinrich Haape, a battalion doctor with 6th Infantry Division in Russia, and his fiancee/wife, opera singer Martha Arazym. In fact, I have researched and prepared a detailed chronological history of the Haape family reaching back to the early 17th Century. This document (which focuses on period 1938-46) is also among the "Luther Collection" at the Hoover Archives. ( Note: Some three dozen of Dr. Haape's letters, written from the eastern front between 22 June 1941 and May 1942, have been included as an appendix in our planned new edition of Dr. Haape's memoir of Operation Barbarossa (Moscow Tram Stop), which is scheduled for publishing by Stackpole Books sometime in 2019.)