The Stalin Front: A Novel of World War II
1942, at the Eastern Front. Soldiers crouch in horrible holes in the ground, mingling with corpses. Tunneled beneath a radio mast, German soldiers await the order to blow themselves up. Russian tanks, struggling to break through enemy lines, bog down in a swamp, while a German runner, bearing messages from headquarters to the front, scrambles desperately from shelter to shelter as he tries to avoid getting caught in the action. Through it all, Russian artillery—the crude but devastatingly effective multiple rocket launcher known to the Germans as the Stalin Organ and to the Russians as Katyusha—rains death upon the struggling troops.
Comparable to such masterpieces of war literature as Ernst J nger's Storm of Steel and Erich Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, The Stalin Front is a harrowing, almost photographic, description of violence and devastation, one that brings home the unforgiving reality of total war.
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This book's action set on the Russian front during World War II is almost all battle action. Despite saying that numerous passages are of such a mordant, macabre black humor while at the same time ... Read full review
The Stalin Front : A Novel of World War II (New York Review Books Classics)User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
The brutality and mindlessness of battle could hardly be more trenchantly depicted than in this account of the most ferocious warfare of all time: the German-Soviet front of World War II. From the ... Read full review