Absolute War: Soviet Russia in the Second World War
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2008/11/26 - 880 ページ
In Absolute War, acclaimed historian and journalist Chris Bellamy crafts the first full account since the fall of the Soviet Union of World War II's battle on the Eastern Front, one of the deadliest conflicts in history.
The conflict on the Eastern Front, fought between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany between 1941 and 1945, was the greatest, most costly, and most brutal conflict on land in human history. It was arguably the single most decisive factor of the war, and shaped the postwar world as we know it. In this magisterial work, Bellamy outlines the lead-up to the war, in which the fragile alliance between the two dictators was unceremoniously broken, and examines its far-reaching consequences, arguing that the cost of victory was ultimately too much for the Soviet Union to bear. With breadth of scope and a surfeit of new information, this is the definitive history of a conflict whose reverberations are still felt today.
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The war's political nature also changed. For the Soviet Union, it started as a fight
for survival, but finished with the conquest of much of eastern and central Europe.
Destruction of the Wehrmacht remained the Soviet Union's primary object, but ...
And there were many cases where the massacre of Jews was reported as 'anti-
partisan operations'.38 The most notorious document, the Guidelines on the
Treatment of Political Commissars, was largely a clarification of the preceding ...
The NKVD were in charge of the GULag — eighty 'concentration camp systems',
plus political prisoners and prisoners of war transferred to them by the military. As
soon as the Germans attacked, Stalin used the NKVD to execute all people ...
Ukrainian and Belorussian Republics to begin the following evening. Some 50
Ukrainian NKVD agents and 150 political officers from the border guards ('
operational-political workers') were to convene in Kiev by 22.00, and the same
political commissar observed a pillbox at Hill 65.5 firing from even closer range,
but again could not locate it accurately.28 Conversely, Soviet camouflage,
particularly that of airfields, was often observed to be deficient. In operational and
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LibraryThing Reviewユーザー レビュー - tommi180744 - LibraryThing
Comprehensively detailed account of Communist Russia (USSR) v Fascist Nazi Germany & its allies: also covers the campaign in the Far East against Japan. A Bibliography of 15 pages & 83 pages of Notes ... レビュー全文を読む
LibraryThing Reviewユーザー レビュー - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing
I admit more than a fascination with the Eastern Front - the largest land front in military history. This book takes the long view - starts before the Second World War, and ends with the Japanese ... レビュー全文を読む
Who planned to attack whom and how?
The wars worstkept secret
Midnight in Moscow
Leningrad September 1941 to February 1944
The Grand Alliance
the worst year 1942
the Caucasus Stalingrad and Mars
Kursk and a new professionalism
reasserting Soviet control
the country the forces
Barbarossa unleashed and the battles of the frontiers
Winning oneself to death
New world order
Notes and references