The Soviet Union at War 1941-1945by David R. Stone
Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 precipitated a massive clash of arms that gave rise to destruction and suffering on an unprecedented scale. The outcome of this ruthless struggle on the Eastern Front was decisive for the course of the war in Europe. Yet the campaigns fought there still receive less attention than those fought by the Western Allies, and are less well understood. That is why this new survey of the Soviet Union during the Second World War, edited by David R. Stone, is so timely and significant.
Stone has brought together a distinguished group of experts who give a penetrating reassessment of the Soviet war effort and economy. They offer a telling insight into the way in which enormous obstacles were overcome – and sacrifices were made – in order to achieve an overwhelming victory that changed the shape of Europe. Their wide-ranging analysis seeks to dispel myths and misperceptions that have distorted our understanding of the performance of the Red Army and the Soviet people.
Editor David R. Stone is professor of history at Kansas State University. He is a leading authority on the military and political history of the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s. As well as writing numerous journal articles, he is the author of two major studies: A Military History of Russia: From Ivan the Terrible to the War in Chechnya and Hammer and Rifle: The Militarization of the Soviet Union 1926-1933.
“…well written and easily digested…anyone concerned with the impact of war on society and the impact of society on how wars are fought will find this volume useful. “
The Russian Review, 07/2011
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Meet the Author
David Stone is a formerBritish army infantry officer. Much of his service was in Germany, both with and alongside soldiers of the Bundeswehr in peacetime and on operations. Hebecame a military historian in 2002, and is the author of the authoritative works Hitler’s Army: The Men, Machines and Organisation, 1929-1945 (Conway, 2009) and Fighting for the Fatherland: The Story of the German Soldier from 1648 to the Present Day (Conway, 2006). Richard Holmes described the latter as ‘the most comprehensive and accessible account of the German soldier ever published in English.’ His other titles include the acclaimed ‘First Reich’ (2002), Battles in Focus: Dien Bien Phu (2004), Wars of the Cold War (2004) and War Summits (2005). He also wrote Cold War Warriors (1998) and was a consultant and co-author of World War II Chronicle (2007).
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