Historians are in general agreement that the Russian war effort to defeat the invading Axis powers was the decisive factor for securing an Allied victory and ending World War II. Now with exclusive access to previously unavailable information from the former KGB, GRU, and Presidential archives, and with the full cooperation of Russian officials and historians, Richard Overy tackles the many persisting questions surrounding this conflict. Was Stalin a military genius? Was the defense of Mother Russia a product of something greater than numbers of tanks and planes -- of something deep within the Russian soul?
"Little, perhaps nothing, of the experience of most western readers and historians", Overy writes, "will have prepared them for what they will find in the history of Russia''s war".