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Blitzkrieg Russia (Paperback)

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By Diane Canwell, Jon Sutherland
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War Books
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781848843349
Published: 20th April 2011

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The photographs are taken from five unpublished albums focussing on the German invasion of Russia in 1941 – Operation Barbarossa. Two of the albums contain shots taken by German infantrymen and include shots of combat, vehicles, knocked-out tanks and prisoners of war. Two of the other albums feature flak and artillery units in the invasion. These include shots of artillery and flak units in action, destroyed Russian aircraft, vehicles and armour as well as Russian prisoners. The final album contains shots taken by a tank destroyer unit. In this set, there are shots of knocked out Russian armour (and abandoned armour), artillery and assault guns in action and a fascinating glimpse into the transition into the first winter. There are many exceptional photographs including rubber boats carrying troops across a river, knocked out monstrous Russian tanks, engineers at work and a range of more casual poses. There are also some interesting studies of uniforms and equipment, abandoned vehicles, vehicles being salvaged and maintained and a host of other subjects.

Some are focussed on the early war months with Russia, so there are huge columns of captured Russian prisoners, fraternisation with the local peasants and a glimpse of the vast distances involved in the advances made by the Germans in the early months of the conflict.

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An interesting insight into the early stages of Operation Barbarossa, when the Germans very definitely had the upper hand.

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 Diane Canwell

About Diane Canwell

Jonathan Sutherland and Diane Canwell have written widely on historical subjects, in particular on military and aviation history, and they have long been fascinated by the history of Norfolk and its military heritage. Among their many books are The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service 1918-1986, The Battle of Jutland and Air War Malta.


 Jon Sutherland

About Jon Sutherland

Jonathan Sutherland and Diane Canwell have written widely on historical subjects, in particular on military and aviation history, and they have long been fascinated by the history of Norfolk and its military heritage. Among their many books are The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service 1918-1986, The Battle of Jutland and Air War Malta.

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