Ivan's War

The Red Army at War 1939-45
Author: Catherine Merridale
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571265901
Category: History
Page: 416
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'Essential reading, not just for those interested in the Eastern Front, but for anyone who wants to understand Russia.' Antony Beevor, Sunday Times They died in their millions, shattered by German shells and tanks, freezing behind the wire of prison camps, driven forward in suicidal charges by the secret police. Yet in all the books about the Second World War on the eastern front, there is very little about how the Russian soldier lived, dreamed and died. Catherine Merridale's discovery of archives of letters, diaries and police reports have allowed her to write a major history of a figure too often treated as part of a vast mechanical horde. Here are moving and terrible stories of men and women in appalling conditions, many not far from death. They allow us to understand the strange mixture of courage, patriotism, anger and fear that made it possible for these badly fed, dreadfully governed soldiers to defeat the Nazi army that would otherwise have enslaved the whole of Europe. The experience of the soldiers is set against a masterly narrative of the war in Russia. Merridale also shows how the veterans were treated with chilling ingratitude and brutality by Stalin, and later exploited as icons of the Great Patriotic War before being sidelined once more in Putin's new capitalist Russia.

A Writer at War

A Soviet Journalist with the Red Army, 1941-1945
Author: Vasily Grossman
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307424588
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 416
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When the Germans invaded Russia in 1941, Vasily Grossman became a special correspondent for the Red Star, the Soviet Army's newspaper, and reported from the frontlines of the war. A Writer at War depicts in vivid detail the crushing conditions on the Eastern Front, and the lives and deaths of soldiers and civilians alike. Witnessing some of the most savage fighting of the war, Grossman saw firsthand the repeated early defeats of the Red Army, the brutal street fighting in Stalingrad, the Battle of Kursk (the largest tank engagement in history), the defense of Moscow, the battles in Ukraine, the atrocities at Treblinka, and much more. Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova have taken Grossman's raw notebooks, and fashioned them into a gripping narrative providing one of the most even-handed descriptions --at once unflinching and sensitive -- we have ever had of what Grossman called “the ruthless truth of war.” From the Trade Paperback edition.

Stumbling Colossus

The Red Army on the Eve of World War
Author: David M. Glantz
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 374
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Germany's surprise attack on June 22, 1941, shocked a Soviet Union woefully unprepared to defend itself. The day before the attack, the Red Army still comprised the world's largest fighting force. But by the end of the year, four and a half million of its soldiers lay dead. This new study, based on formerly classified Soviet archival material and neglected German sources, reveals the truth behind this national catastrophe. Drawing on evidence never before seen in the West-including combat records of early engagements-David Glantz claims that in 1941 the Red Army was poorly trained, inadequately equipped, ineptly organized, and consequently incapable of engaging in large-scale military campaigns—and that both Hitler and Stalin knew it. He provides the most complete and convincing study of why the Soviets almost lost the war that summer, dispelling many of the myths about the Red Army that have persisted since the war and soundly refuting Viktor Suvorov's controversial thesis that Stalin was planning a preemptive strike against Germany. Stumbling Colossus describes the Red Army's command leadership, mobilization and war planning, intelligence activities, and active and reserve combat formations. It includes the first complete Order of Battle of Soviet forces on the eve of the German attack, documents the strength of Soviet armored forces during the war's initial period, and reproduces the first available texts of actual Soviet war plans. It also provides biographical sketches of Soviet officers and tells how Stalin's purges of the late 1930s left the Red Army leadership almost decimated. At a time when blame for the war in eastern Europe is being laid with a fallen regime, Glantz's book sets the record straight on the Soviet Union's readiness-and willingness-to fight. Boasting an extensive bibliography of Soviet and German sources, Stumbling Colossus is a convincing study that overshadows recent revisionist history and one that no student of World War II can ignore.

Un escritor en guerra

Vasili Grossman en el Ejército Rojo, 1941-1945
Author: Antony Beevor
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 8498928559
Category: History
Page: N.A
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Vasili Grossman, el autor de Vida y destino, una de las más grandes novelas del siglo XX, acompañó al ejército soviético en la s egunda guerra mundial como corresponsal de Estrella Roja. Al margen de lo que escribía para el periódico, Grossman dejó registradas sus experiencias en unos cuadernos, que se han mantenido inéditos hasta hoy, donde cuenta sinceramente lo que vio en las calles de Stalingrado, en la batalla de Kursk, en la reconquista de Ucrania o en el avance del Ejército Rojo Alemania adentro. Antony Beevor ha transcrito estos cuadernos, combinándolos con sus artículos, sus cartas y otros materiales para componer con todo ello un relato de dimensiones épicas que tal vez sea el más dramático y revelador testimonio de lo que fue realmente la mayor guerra de todos los tiempos.

The Great Bear at War

The Russian and Soviet Army, 1917–Present
Author: Chris McNab
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472836529
Category: History
Page: 384
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From the chaos of the civil war to the political manoeuvring of the Cold War, Russia's armed forces have shaped the future not only of Russia but of countless other countries around the globe. The Great Bear at War: The Russian and Soviet Army, 1917–Present explores the development and struggles of Soviet and Russian armed forces across the numerous conflicts which mark its history. It charts the great historical events that have defined the Red/Russian Army, especially World War II and the Cold War, but also the post-communist insurgencies and wars in which the Russian military has redeveloped its outlook and mission. The post-Soviet development of the Russian military into a modern force is explored in detail, including its controversial campaigns in Chechnya (1999–2009), Georgia (2008), and Ukraine (from 2014). Sewn into the narrative are details about the equipment, uniforms, training, service conditions and weaponry of the Soviet/Russian soldiers, bringing personal experience and technological context to the broader history. At a time when the world is closely focused upon Russian military behaviour, The Great Bear at War is both timely and fascinating.

A Writer at War

Vasily Grossman with the Red Army
Author: Vasily Grossman
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 0676978118
Category: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Page: 416
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Edited and translated from the Russian by Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova Knopf Canada is proud to present a masterpiece of the Second World War, never before published in English, from one of the great Russian writers of the 20th century – a vivid eyewitness account of the Eastern Front and “the ruthless truth of war.” When the Germans invaded Russia in 1941, Vasily Grossman became a special correspondent for the Red Star, the Red Army’s newspaper. A Writer at War – based on the notebooks in which Grossman gathered raw material for his articles – depicts the crushing conditions on the Eastern Front, and the lives and deaths of soldiers and civilians alike. It also includes some of the earliest reportage on the Holocaust. In the three years he spent on assignment, Grossman witnessed some of the most savage fighting of the war: the appalling defeats of the Red Army, the brutal street fighting in Stalingrad, the Battle of Kursk (the largest tank engagement in history), the defense of Moscow, the battles in Ukraine and much more. Historian Antony Beevor has taken Grossman’s raw notebooks, and fashioned them into a narrative providing one of the most even-handed descriptions – at once unflinching and sensitive – we have ever had of what he called “the ruthless truth of war.” From the Hardcover edition.

The Red Army and the Second World War


Author: Alexander Hill
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107020794
Category: History
Page: 760
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A major new account of the Soviet Union at war which charts the development, successes and failures of the Red Army.

The Stuff of Soldiers

A History of the Red Army in World War II through Objects
Author: Brandon M. Schechter
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 1501739816
Category: History
Page: 344
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The Stuff of Soldiers uses everyday objects to tell the story of the Great Patriotic War as never before. Brandon Schechter attends to a diverse array of things—from spoons to tanks—to show how a wide array of citizens became soldiers, and how the provisioning of material goods separated soldiers from civilians. Through a fascinating examination of leaflets, proclamations, newspapers, manuals, letters to and from the front, diaries, and interviews, The Stuff of Soldiers reveals how the use of everyday items made it possible to wage war. The dazzling range of documents showcases ethnic diversity, women's particular problems at the front, and vivid descriptions of violence and looting. Each chapter features a series of related objects: weapons, uniforms, rations, and even the knick-knacks in a soldier's rucksack. These objects narrate the experience of people at war, illuminating the changes taking place in Soviet society over the course of the most destructive conflict in recorded history. Schechter argues that spoons, shovels, belts, and watches held as much meaning to the waging of war as guns and tanks. In The Stuff of Soldiers, he describes the transformative potential of material things to create a modern culture, citizen, and soldier during World War II.

Rollback

The Red Army's Winter Offensive Along the Southwestern Strategic Direction, 1942-43
Author: Richard Harrison
Publisher: Helion
ISBN: 9781912390489
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 412
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Rollback: The Red Army's Winter Offensive along the Southwestern Strategic Direction, 1942-43 covers the period from mid-December 1942 to mid-February 1943, one of the most critical periods of the war on the Eastern Front. It was here that following the encirclement of an entire German army at Stalingrad, the Soviets sought to take advantage of the ruptured Axis front in southern Russia to finish off the Germans' Italian and Hungarian allies and liberate the economically vital areas of eastern Ukraine. This study is drawn from a number of wartime and postwar articles, published by the General Staff's directorate for the study of wartime experience. Also featured are documents relating to the operational-strategic conduct of the various operations, which were compiled and published after the fall of the Soviet Union. Several articles deal with the preparation for and conduct of the Southwestern Front's Middle Don operation of December 1942. Originally intended as an ambitious offensive to cut off the German forces in the North Caucasus by driving on to Rostov, the operation was later reoriented to meet the threat of the German effort to relieve Stalingrad. The offensive not only accomplished its objective of turning back the German attack, thus dooming the Stalingrad garrison, but also destroyed the Italian army in the East as well. The Soviet Voronezh Front then struck further up the Don River, and in the Ostrogozhsk-Rossosh' operation destroyed what remained of the Italian forces in the area, as well as the Hungarian army. This enabled the Red Army to capture Khar'kov and push nearly to the Dnepr River by mid-February, before being thrown back by a skillful German counteroffensive. The territorial results of this operation set the stage for the front's subsequent Voronezh-Kastornoe operation, which enabled the Soviets to push as far west as Kursk before exhaustion and growing German resistance brought the offensive to a halt. Further to the south, the Soviets were able to capture Voroshilovgrad and penetrate into the industrial Donets Basin. The book also contains a detailed Soviet examination of the employment of tank and mechanized corps during the campaign. The conclusions reached here had a direct bearing on the restructuring of the Red Army's tank armies in time for the summer campaign of 1943.

El ejército de Hitler

Soldados, nazis y guerra en el Tercer Reich
Author: Omer Bartov
Publisher: La Esfera de los Libros
ISBN: 8490608881
Category: History
Page: 300
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El libro de referencia más esperado sobre el ejército alemán durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial Este libro desafía con éxito la idea predominante según la cual el ejército alemán de la Segunda Guerra Mundial fue una fuerza de combate apolítica, profesional y que tenía poco que ver con el Partido Nacionalsocialista. La obra se centra en la titánica lucha entre Alemania y la Unión Soviética para mostrar como el salvajismo de la guerra moldeó el ejército a imagen y semejanza de Hitler. Bartov explora magistralmente cartas, diarios, informes militares y otras fuentes, mostrando como la Wehrmacht hizo suya la idea de que la guerra era en defensa de la civilización y contra la barbarie judío-bolchevique y, en definitiva, una guerra de supervivencia racial que había que combatir a cualquier precio.

Russia at War: From the Mongol Conquest to Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Beyond [2 volumes]


Author: Timothy C. Dowling
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1598849484
Category: History
Page: 1077
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This easy-to-use reference explores the people and events that shaped Russian military history—and impacted Europe, Asia, and the world—over the past eight centuries. • Helps readers understand the sociopolitical history of Russia and how it continues to exert a major influence in international affairs • Showcases the complex role conflict has played in Russia throughout its history • Includes an introductory essay that discusses how warfare in Russia has progressed over the centuries • Offers entries on wars, battles, organizations, leaders, armies, weapons, and other aspects of war and military life • Provides a ready reference for readers with little or no prior knowledge of Russian history

Red God of War

Soviet Artillery and Rocket Forces
Author: Chris Bellamy
Publisher: Brassey's
ISBN: N.A
Category: Political Science
Page: 247
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Military Adaptation in War

With Fear of Change
Author: Williamson Murray
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 113991586X
Category: History
Page: N.A
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Military Adaptation in War addresses one of the most persistent problems that military organizations confront: namely, the problem of how to adapt under the trying, terrifying conditions of war. This work builds on the volume that Professor Williamson Murray edited with Allan Millett on military innovation (a quite different issue, though similar in some respects). In Clausewitzian terms, war is a contest, an interactive duel, which is of indeterminate length and presents a series of intractable problems at every level, from policy and strategy down to the tactical. Moreover, the fact that the enemy is adapting at the same time presents military organizations with an ever-changing set of conundrums that offer up no easy solutions. As the British general, James Wolfe, suggested before Quebec: 'War is an option of difficulties'. Dr Murray provides an in-depth analysis of the problems that military forces confront in adapting to these difficulties.

Military Adaptation In War: With Fear Of Change


Author: Professor Williamson Murray
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN: 1782899863
Category: History
Page: 367
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Military Adaptation in War addresses one of the most persistent problems that military organizations confront: namely, the problem of how to adapt under the trying, terrifying conditions of war. This work builds on the volume that Professor Williamson Murray edited with Allan Millett on military innovation (a quite different issue, though similar in some respects). In Clausewitzian terms, war is a contest, an interactive duel, which is of indeterminate length and presents a series of intractable problems at every level, from policy and strategy down to the tactical. Moreover, the fact that the enemy is adapting at the same time presents military organizations with an ever-changing set of conundrums that offer up no easy solutions. As the British general, James Wolfe, suggested before Quebec: ‘War is an option of difficulties’. Dr Murray provides an in-depth analysis of the problems that military forces confront in adapting to these difficulties.

Armageddon in Stalingrad

September-November 1942
Author: David M. Glantz,Jonathan Mallory House
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 896
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The world's foremost authority on the Soviet Army in World War II offers the second installment of his pathbreakinbg trilogy on the epic clash at Stalingrad. The definitive account of the battle that produced a major turning point for both the Easterrn Front and World War II.

To the Gates of Stalingrad

Soviet-German Combat Operations, April-August 1942
Author: David M. Glantz
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 655
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An account of the Battle of Stalingrad, based on daily reports from both sides, outlines the organization and training of both armies and chronicles the German advance, Soviet defenses, and flanking attacks through September, 1942.

The Battle of Kursk


Author: David M. Glantz,Jonathan Mallory House
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 472
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Gain an in-depth understanding of the largest tank engagement in history that led to staggering losses during WW II. Access to newly released Soviet material adds detail to this legendary conflict, reconstructing combat and tactical maneuvers. 45 photos. 32 maps.

Japan at War: An Encyclopedia

An Encyclopedia
Author: Louis G. Perez
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1598847422
Category: History
Page: 615
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This compelling reference focuses on the events, individuals, organizations, and ideas that shaped Japanese warfare from early times to the present day. • Topic finder lists • A comprehensive timeline • 10 maps of key military theaters • Essential primary source documents related to the military history of Japan

Alaska at War, 1941-1945

The Forgotten War Remembered
Author: Fern Chandonnet
Publisher: University of Alaska Press
ISBN: 1602231354
Category: History
Page: 474
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Over the course of the past two hundred years, only one United States territory has experienced foreign occupation: Alaska. Available for the first time in paperback, Alaska at War brings readers face to face with the North Pacific front in World War II. Wide-ranging essays cover the war as seen by Alaskan eyes, including the Japanese invasion of the Attu and Kiska islands, the effects of the war on Aleutian Islanders, and the American campaign to recover occupied territory. Whether you’re a historian or a novice student interested in this pivotal period of American history, Alaska at War provides fascinating insight into the background, history, and cultural impact of war on the Alaskan homefront.

La muerte de la Wehrmacht

Las campañas de 1942
Author: Robert M. Citino
Publisher: Grupo Planeta (GBS)
ISBN: 9788498920079
Category: Education
Page: 560
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