Thunder in the East: The Nazi-Soviet War, 1941-1945

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Hodder Arnold, 2005 - History - 502 pages
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The battles in Russia played the decisive part in Hitler's defeat. Gigantic, prolonged, and bloody, they contrasted with the general nature of the fighting on other fronts. The Russians fought on their own in "their" theater of war and with an independent strategy. Stalinist Russia was a country radically different from its liberal democratic allies. Hitler and the German high command, for their part, conceived and carried out the Russian campaign as a singular "war of annihilation."

This riveting new book is a penetrating, broad-ranging, yet concise overview of this vast conflict. It investigates the Wehrmacht and the Red Army and the command and production systems that organized and sustained them. It considers a range of further themes concerning this most political of wars. Benefiting from a post-Communist, post-Cold War perspective, the book takes advantage of a wealth of new studies and source material that have become available over the last decade.

Readers from history buffs to scholars will find something new in this exciting new book.

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Well-researched but excessively detailed, and although the author makes a point of saying that he (fortunately) does not clutter the text with minute graduations of officer ranks and titles and such ... Read full review

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The Soviet Union incurred 10 million dead (of which 3 million were POW's) from military action in WWII. Add to that, another 17 million Soviet civilians perished because of the war. By comparison, the ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Evan Mawdsley is now Professor of International History at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

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