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Barbarossa Through Soviet Eyes (Hardback)

The First Twenty-Four Hours

Military WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Russia & the Eastern Front > Operation Barbarossa

By Artem Drabkin, Alexey Isaev, Christopher Summerville
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781844159239
Published: 7th February 2012



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22 June 1941 changed the direction of the Second World War. It also changed the direction of human history. Unleashing a massive, three-pronged assault into Soviet territory, the German army unwittingly created its own nemesis, forging the modern Russian state in the process. Thus, for most Russians, 22 June 1941 was a critical point in their nation's history. After the first day of 'Barbarossa' nothing would be the same again – for anyone. Now, for the first time in English, Russians speak of their experiences on that fatal Sunday. Apparently caught off guard by Hitler's initiative, the Soviets struggled to make sense of a disaster that had seemingly struck from nowhere. Here are generals scrambling to mobilise ill-prepared divisions, pilots defying orders not to grapple with the mighty Luftwaffe, bewildered soldiers showing individual acts of blind courage, and civilians dumbstruck by air raid sirens and radio broadcasts telling of German treachery.

Authors Artem Drabkin and Alexei Isaev competently convey the chaos and confusion of combat through historical notes amidst gritty, often brutal personal recollections... this informative, entertaining effort promises many surprises.

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This is the vivid eyewitness account of the first day of Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union, using recollections gathered from across Soviet society. The 22nd June 1941 changed the direction of the war as the Germans launched a massive three pronged attack in Soviet territory. Caught off guard, Generals mobilised ill prepared divisions and pilots defied orders to grapple the mighty Luftwaffe. This is their story.

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About Artem Drabkin

Artem Drabkin is a Russian author and historian who has written widely about the Second World War, focusing on the experiences of Russian soldiers and snipers. His published works include Panzer Killers: Anti-Tank Warfare on the Eastern FrontBarbarossa andThe Retreat to Moscow and T-34 in Action. He is also the creator of I Remember, a website devoted to recording the oral history of the soldiers and airmen who fought on the Eastern Front.

About Alexey Isaev

Alexey Isaev is one of the leading Russian military historians of the conflict on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. Several of his ground-breaking books have been translated into English including Barbarossa through Soviet Eyes: The First Twenty-Four Hours (with Artem Drabkin), The End of the Gallop: The Battle for Kharkov February-March 1943, Dubno 1941: The Greatest Tank Battle of the Second World War, Tomb of the Panzerwaffe: The Defeat of the Sixth SS Panzer Army in Hungary 1945 (with Maksim Kolomiets) and Stalingrad: City on Fire.

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