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The Price of Victory (Hardback)

The Red Army's Casualties in the Great Patriotic War

Military WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Russia & the Eastern Front WWII > German Forces & Weaponry

By Boris Kavalerchik, Lev Lopukhovsky, Translated by Harold Orenstein
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 193
ISBN: 9781473899643
Published: 19th June 2017



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The Red Army's casualties during the Second World War and the casualties sustained by the German army they fought are a key element in any assessment of the conflict on the Eastern Front. Since the war ended over seventy years ago, the statistics have been a source of bitter controversy, of claim and counter-claim, as each generation of historians has struggled to uncover the truth. This contentious issue is the subject of this absorbing book. The figures reveal much about the way the war was fought, and they demonstrate the enormous human price the Soviet Union paid for its victory. That is why the statistics have been so strongly contested. Distortion and falsification by official historians have obscured the facts because the issue has been so heavily politicized. Using recently declassified information from the Russian archives, the authors focus in forensic detail on the way the figures were recorded and compiled and seek to explain why, so many years after the war, the full truth about the subject is still far from our reach.

This work …will likely stand as the most accurate accounting until further former Soviet archival material become available.

Journal of Slavic Military Studies

In-depth volume.

STORIA militare, June 2018

This book is both the story of how historians have struggled to uncover the true casualties for the Soviet forces, and of the casualties themselves, using declassified documents from Russian archives not previously available in the West. The authors have provided a stark picture of war between the Germans and the Soviets, including some very interesting illustration – Much Recommended.

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About Boris Kavalerchik

Boris Kavalerchik is a mechanical engineer from the USSR who served in the Soviet armed forces reserve before emigrating to the United States. He has made a special study of the opening campaign of the Second World War on the Eastern Front, focusing in particular on the performance of the Soviet tank arm during the German advance. In Russian he has published a monograph and many articles on the subject, and in English he has published 'Once Again About the T-34' in the Journal of Slavic Military Studies. He is currently working on a comparative study of German and Soviet armour on the Eastern Front.

About Lev Lopukhovsky

After a distinguished career as an officer in the Soviet army, including command of a regiment in the Soviet Strategic Missile forces in the rank of colonel, Lev Lopukhovsky transferred to the Frunze Military Academy to teach tactics. Since retiring from the military he has become a professor in the Russian Federation’s Academy of Military Sciences and one of the leading historians of the Soviet forces during the Second World War. In addition to many articles he has written on the subject, he has published controversial studies of the battles of Prokorovka and Viaz’ma and the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.

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