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Russia's War by Richard Overy
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Jul 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: english, non-fiction, world-war-2
Read in July, 2012

This book is a nice introduction to the war on the Eastern Front. It starts with an explanation of the pre-war years, by dealing with the purges and war doctrine. After that, it tells about the struggle on the eastern front from year to year, roughly divided by 1942, 1943 and 1944 and onwards. It doesn't go into very deep tactical details, which makes it a nice introduction to this theater of war. One remarkable subject is the Polish uprising in Warsaw, with the Red Army waiting and not coming to help. The author more or less explains (and defends) the Russian point of view, in the case that at that point the Red Army was stressed to the end of its limits after the succesfull Operation Bagration in 1944 and not able to assist the Polish resistance. The book doesn't end at the end of the war, but also tells us about the aftermath, the demoting of the Russian Marshall's like Zjoekov and Vasilevsky until the death of Stalin in 1953.
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