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Ivan's war : life and death in the Red Army, 1939-1945 / Catherine Merridale.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: D764 .M395 2006

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    A narrative of the ordinary Russian soldier's experience of the worst war in history, based on newly revealed sources. The men and women of the Red Army, a ragtag mass of soldiers, confronted Europe's most lethal fighting force and by 1945 had defeated it. Sixty years have passed since their epic triumph, but the heart and mind of Ivan--as the ordinary Russian soldier was called--remain a mystery. We know something about how the soldiers died, but nearly nothing about how they lived, how they saw the world, or why they fought. Drawing on previously closed military and secret police archives, interviews with veterans, and private letters and diaries, Merridale presents the first comprehensive history of the Red Army rank and file, revealing the singular mixture of courage, patriotism, anger, and fear that made it possible for these underfed, badly led troops to defeat the Nazi army.--From publisher description.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Merridale, Catherine, 1959-
    Published
    New York : Picador ; Henry Holt and Company, 2006
    Locale
    Eastern Front
    Soviet Union
    Contents
    True war stories
    Marching with revolutionary step
    A fire through all the world
    Disaster beats its wings
    Black ways of war
    Stone by stone
    A land laid waster
    May brotherhood be blessed
    Exulting, grieving, and sweating blood
    Despoil the corpse
    Sheathe the old sword
    And we remember all.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (p. [433]-439) and index.
    True war stories -- Marching with revolutionary step -- A fire through all the world -- Disaster beats its wings -- Black ways of war -- Stone by stone -- A land laid waster -- May brotherhood be blessed -- Exulting, grieving, and sweating blood -- Despoil the corpse -- Sheathe the old sword -- And we remember all.

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    English
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    0312426526
    9780312426521
    Physical Description
    xii, 462 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.

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