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Ivan's war : life and death in the Red Army, 1939-1945

Author: Catherine Merridale
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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A narrative of the ordinary Russian soldier's experience of the worst war in history, based on newly revealed sources. The men and women of the Red Army, a ragtag mass of soldiers, confronted Europe's most lethal fighting force and by 1945 had defeated it. Sixty years have passed since their epic triumph, but the heart and mind of Ivan--as the ordinary Russian soldier was called--remain a mystery. We know something  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Merridale, Catherine, 1959-
Ivan's war.
(DLC) 2005050457
(OCoLC)60671899
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Merridale
ISBN: 9781429900706 1429900709 9780571265909 0571265901
OCLC Number: 863502569
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 462 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: True war stories --
Marching with revolutionary step --
A fire through all the world --
Disaster beats its wings --
Black ways of war --
Stone by stone --
A land laid waster --
May brotherhood be blessed --
Exulting, grieving, and sweating blood --
Despoil the corpse --
Sheathe the old sword --
And we remember all.
Responsibility: Catherine Merridale.
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A narrative of the ordinary Russian soldier's experience of the worst war in history, based on newly revealed sources. The men and women of the Red Army, a ragtag mass of soldiers, confronted Europe's most lethal fighting force and by 1945 had defeated it. Sixty years have passed since their epic triumph, but the heart and mind of Ivan--as the ordinary Russian soldier was called--remain a mystery. We know something about how the soldiers died, but nearly nothing about how they lived, how they saw the world, or why they fought. Drawing on previously closed military and secret police archives, interviews with veterans, and private letters and diaries, Merridale presents the first comprehensive history of the Red Army rank and file, revealing the singular mixture of courage, patriotism, anger, and fear that made it possible for these underfed, badly led troops to defeat the Nazi army.--From publisher description.

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