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Dr Geoffrey Jukes was a leading authority on the military history of Russia and the Soviet Union. For many years he worked for the British Ministry of Defence, and he taught at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Among his many publications were The Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905, The Soviet Union in Asia, Stalingrad, Defence of Moscow, The First World War: The Eastern Front 1914-1918, Kursk, The Second World War: Eastern Front 1941-1945 and Hitler's Stalingrad Decisions. He completed this book in 2010, shortly before he died.