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Ivan's War Life And Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945 (Paperback)

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Ivans War Merridale, Catherine                     1 of 1
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312426526
ISBN-13: 9780312426521
Sku: 202949197
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  462
Age Range:  NA
 
Drawing on previously closed military and secret police archives, interviews with veterans, and private letters and diaries, a comprehensive history of the Red Army rank and file follows the soldiers from the shock of the German invasion to their costly triumph in Stalingrad. Reprint. 25,000 first printing. *Author: Merridale, Catherine *Subtitle: Life And Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945 *Publication Date: 2007/01/23 *Number of Pages: 462 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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They died in vast numbers, eight million men and women driven forward in suicidal charges, shattered by German shells and tanks. They were the soldiers of the Red Army, an exhausted mass of recruits who confronted Europe's most lethal fighting force and by 1945 had defeated it. For sixty years, their experiences were suppressed, replaced by patriotic propaganda. We know how the soldiers died, but nearly nothing about how they lived, how they saw the world, or why they fought. In this ambitious, revelatory history, Catherine Merridale uncovers the harrowing story of who these soldiers were, and how they lived and died during the war.
Drawing on previously closed military and secret police archives, interviews with veterans, and private letters and diaries, a comprehensive history of the Red Army rank and file follows the soldiers from the shock of the German invasion to their costly triumph in Stalingrad. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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Historian Catherine Merridale provides a history of World War II as it was experienced by the ordinary Russian soldier, the "Ivan" of her title. Merridale creates a narrative based on her research into Russian archives and her interviews with those who were there, telling how, because of the actions of their own leaders, the Russian army was poorly prepared for the Nazi onslaught. She also examines key battles, including the tank battle at Kursk and the awful Siege of Stalingrad. All of Russia suffered greatly under the Nazi onslaught, and millions of "Ivans" fought, and died, under the worst conditions. Near the end of the war, during the Russian Army's drive into Germany, to Berlin, they too inflicted awful horrors on the civilian population that got in their way. Merridale is unsparing in her descriptions of these atrocities and of the suffering that was endured, and she describes the changed men and women of Russia, whose rising expectations were cruelly dashed at the close of the war.

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Times Literary Supplement
"[A] breathtaking, sweeping, yet well-balanced and finely tuned study of the great patriotic War from the perspective of the Soviet 'grunt.'" - Omer Bartov 01/27/2006

"Merridale has done an admirable job of collecting testimony from war veterans (she and her assistant conducted about 200 interviews)....It is to Merridale's great credit that she lets us listen to what her veterans had to say." - Sheila Fitzpatrick 04/09/2006

"IVAN'S WAR combines, quite effectively, painstaking historical reconstruction and sympathetic projection....She provides a coherent picture of the tactical decisions and industrial adjustments that altered the course of the war, and at the same time focuses on how such changes were reflected in the day-to-day experiences and feelings of the troops on the ground." - William Grimes 02/15/2006

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0462
Product attributePublisher:   Picador USA
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