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

Paperback | April 1, 1999

byRichard Overy

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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".

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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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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 ...

Richard Overy is Professor of Modern History at King's College, London. He has written extensively on modern German and European history, and is the author of Russia's War and The Penguin Atlas of the Third Reich.

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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.