Russia's War: A History Of The Soviet Effort: 1941-1945

Paperback | April 1, 1999

byRichard Overy

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"A penetrating and compassionate book on the most gigantic military struggle in world history."--The New York Times Book Review

"An extraordinary tale... Overy's engrossing book provides extensive details of teh slaughter, brutality, bitterness and destruction on the massive front from the White Sea to the flank of Asia."--Chicago Tribune 

The Russian war effort to defeat invading Axis powers, an effort that assembled the largest military force in recorded history and that cost the lives of more than 25 million Soviet soldiers and civilians, was the decisive factor for securing an Allied victory. Now with access to the wealth of film archives and interview material from Russia used to produce the ten-hour television documentary Russia's War, Richard Overy tackles the many persuasive 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?

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The fortitude and endurance of the Russian people was the single biggest factor that helped Russia defeat Hitler during the Second World War. Russia's War: A History of the Soviet War Effort, 1941-1945 offers a riveting account of this proud nation that played a crucial role in defeating the Nazis. Richard Overy gained exclusive access...

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"A penetrating and compassionate book on the most gigantic military struggle in world history."--The New York Times Book Review"An extraordinary tale... Overy's engrossing book provides extensive details of teh slaughter, brutality, bitterness and destruction on the massive front from the White Sea to the flank of Asia."--Chicago Tribu...

RICHARD OVERY has written and edited more than thirty books, including Why the Allies Won, Russia’s War, The Twilight Years, and 1939. He is a professor of history at the University of Exeter, U.K.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 0.7 inPublished:April 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140271694

ISBN - 13:9780140271690

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of Maps and Tables
Preface
Introduction
1. The Darkness Descends: 1917-1937
2. The Hour Before Midnight: 1937-1941
3. The Goths Ride East: Barbarossa, 1941
4. Between Life and Death: Leningrad and Moscow
5. The Fight from Within: Collaboration, Terror and Resistance
6. The Cauldron Boils: Stalingrad, 1942-43
7. The Citadel: Kursk, 1943
8. False Dawn: 1943-44
9. Fall of the Swastika: 1945
10. The Cult of Personality: Stalin and the Legacy of War

Epilogue: Russia's War: Myth and Reality
References
Bibliography
Index

From Our Editors

The fortitude and endurance of the Russian people was the single biggest factor that helped Russia defeat Hitler during the Second World War. Russia's War: A History of the Soviet War Effort, 1941-1945 offers a riveting account of this proud nation that played a crucial role in defeating the Nazis. Richard Overy gained exclusive access to previously unavailable information from the former KGB, GRU and presidential archives to create this definitive look at the courageous Russian efforts. More than 70 photos and nine maps accompany this absorbing look at this proud nation at war. Overy is a professor of modern history at King's College, London, and is an expert on the Second World War.