Stalin's Commandos: Ukrainian Partisan Forces On The Eastern Front by Alexander GogunStalin's Commandos: Ukrainian Partisan Forces On The Eastern Front by Alexander Gogun

Stalin's Commandos: Ukrainian Partisan Forces On The Eastern Front

byAlexander Gogun

Hardcover | January 30, 2016

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At the height of World War II, a large number of Soviet partisans fought on the Eastern Front against the Axis occupation. In this book, Alexander Gogun looks at the forces operating in Ukraine. The Nazi atrocities were often matched by partisan brutality. The author examines the indiscriminate use of scorched-earth tactics by the partisans, the destruction of their own villages, partisan-generated Nazi reprisals against civilians, and the daily incidents of robbery, drunkenness, rape and bloody internal conflicts that were reported to be widespread amongst the red partisans. Gogun also analyses allegations of the use of bacteriological weapons and even instances of cannibalism. He shows that all these practices were not a product of the culture of warfare nor a spontaneous 'people's response' to the unremitting brutality of Nazi rule but a specific feature of Stalin's total war strategy.
Alexander Gogun is currently pursuing research at the Free University of Berlin. He has taught at Potsdam University and held a fellowship at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam, the Daymel Shklar Fellowship at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, a postdoctoral fellowship at the International I...
Title:Stalin's Commandos: Ukrainian Partisan Forces On The Eastern FrontFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5 × 1 inPublished:January 30, 2016Publisher:I.B. Tauris & Co LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1784531685

ISBN - 13:9781784531683

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Editorial Reviews

"Books devoted to other partisan armies, such as the Ukrainian Insurgent Army or the Polish Home Army, necessarily place the Soviet partisans in the enemy position, and usually do not cite original sources. Alexander Gogun's book is highly unusual in that it cites sources from most of the available places and does not take sides in the controversies over national memory."