Fighting for the Soviet Motherland: Recollections from the Eastern Front

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The collapse of the Soviet Union has opened the history of the Red Army to the West, providing a more complex picture of World War II than was previously available. Details of the struggle between the Soviet forces and the Axis powers can now be seen through the efforts of veterans such as Colonel Dmitriy Loza. Loza draws on his own experiences and those of acquaintances to illustrate particular problems, combat situations, and the functioning of the Soviet Army in its struggle with the German and Japanese armies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803229297
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 261
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dmitriy Loza is a Hero of the Soviet Union, the USSR’s highest designation for bravery, and he was decorated for his role in the capture of Vienna. He served in a brigade that fought in the Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Austria, and Manchuria. He now resides in Moscow.

James F. Gebhardt is a defense contractor at Fort Leavenworth. He is the translator of Commanding the Red Army’s Sherman Tanks: The World War II Memoirs of Hero of the Soviet Union Dmitriy Loza (Nebraska 1996).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Translator's Foreword
Author's Introduction
Audacity and Intuition 1
Lyuba the Tank Killer 5
Spalling 9
Not by Rote but by Skill 13
Friendly Fire 16
Delayed Retribution 24
Shooting the Moon 30
Skill and Daring 33
Flamethrower Tanks 47
Terrible Weapon 57
Death by Fire 62
The Marshal's Embrace 68
A Peasant Family's Courageous Deed 79
Failure to Coordinate 88
Night Raid 93
Thank You, Ice 104
A Slight Error 112
The Unknown Steppe 115
High-ranking Reconnaissance 117
Difficult Mission 121
Strong-willed Nature 128
Leaves Are Canceled 138
Rest and Relaxation 141
Field Mail System 151
Ammunition Resupply 157
Radio Communications 161
Combat Vehicle Maintenance 165
Feeding the Troops 176
Medical Evacuation and Treatment 189
Combat Decorations 204
Graves Registration 208
Appendixes 215
Notes 233
Index 255
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