Children's Literature - Greg M. RomaneckDuring World War II no theater of operations cost more human life than the Eastern Front in Europe. Commencing with the German invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, and culminating with the fall of Berlin on May 2, 1945, the fighting on the Eastern Front cost approximately 30,000,000 human lives. In Russia, the Nazis waged a war without quarter based upon the premise that Slavic people were sub-human. The Red army responded with a war of brutality most clearly seen with the actions of Russian troops in occupied Germany. It is this sea of violence that Gary Jeffrey depicts in this chapter of his graphic illustrated history of World War II. As with other books in this fine set, The Eastern Front tackles its subject in a compelling way. By using the true life stories of three men who fought on the Eastern Front, Jeffrey presents this massive subject in a way that can be grasped by his readers. In this way readers will encounter a common German infantryman struggling to survive a tank account, an ace STUKA pilot behind enemy lines, and a Russian infantry officer carrying out seemingly suicidal orders. Combining these fascinating tales with outstanding illustrations by Nick Spender, Jeffrey does justice to this massive topic and offers readers a book that brings history to life. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck; Ages 10 to 13.
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