Barbarossa Through Soviet Eyes: The First Twenty-Four Hours

Barbarossa Through Soviet Eyes: The First Twenty-Four Hours

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22 June 1941 changed the direction of the Second World War. It also changed the direction of human history. Unleashing a massive, three-pronged assault into Soviet territory, the German army unwittingly created its own nemesis, forging the modern Russian state in the process. Thus, for most Russians, 22 June 1941 was a critical point in their nation's history. After the first day of ‘Barbarossa’ nothing would be the same again – for anyone. Now, for the first time in English, Russians speak of their experiences on that fatal Sunday. Apparently caught off guard by Hitler’s initiative, the Soviets struggled to make sense of a disaster that had seemingly struck from nowhere. Here are generals scrambling to mobilize ill-prepared divisions, pilots defying orders not to grapple with the mighty Luftwaffe, bewildered soldiers showing individual acts of blind courage, and civilians dumbstruck by air raid sirens and radio broadcasts telling of German treachery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781598184
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 07/19/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Artem Drabkin is an author and historian.

Table of Contents

Author's Note vi

Timeline: 21-22 June vii

Preface ix

Maps xi

Photo Album: Supremos, Soldiers and Survivors xiv

Chapter 1 'If War Comes Tomorrow' 1

Chapter 2 Sons of the Homeland 19

Chapter 3 Bullets and Bombs 33

Photo Album: Barbarossa Unleashed 51

Chapter 4 Brest: the Rat Trap 64

Chapter 5 'A Hot Day' 77

Chapter 6 In the Skies 98

Photo Album: Barbarossa Maintained 133

Chapter 7 … And at Sea 145

Chapter 8 Far from the Front 156

Conclusion 174

Order of Battle 176

Sources 181

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