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Ivan's War by Catherine Merridale
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Nov 07, 07

Read in January, 2007

Great book for anyone interested in history - especially WWII history. We always hear about the campaigns that the Americans and British fought. This is completely understandable, but to get a full picture of WWII (the greatest man-made disaster in human history) you have to consider the Eastern Front. The U.S. lost roughly 300,000 people in WWII. Russia lost between 20 and 30 million. Between 8 and 9 German soldiers that died in the war died fighting the Russians, not the Americans or British. The scale and brutality of that war is unlike anything else. This book tries to reconstruct what it was like for the average Russian infantryman.
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