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Russia's Heroes, 1941-45: An Epic Account of Struggle and Survival on the…
by Albert Axell
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786708565, Hardcover)For four years in World War II, out of an unquestioned love for their mother country, the Russian people heroically defended their soil with their blood -- most famously, as Harrison Evans Salisbury has demonstrated in The 900 Days, in the siege of Leningrad, and as Antony Beevor has shown in his monumental Stalingrad. This new volume by historian Albert Axell captures in full the valor of the sons and daughters, soldiers and villagers, Cossacks and snipers who battled in Moscow and Stalingrad, in the Caucasus and the Arctic, at the Brest fortress and Kursk Bulge. Their defense of Mother Russia, the battlefront that in World War II dwarfed all others, turned the tide of the war against Hitler and enabled the western democratic forces to reduce dramatically the number of their casualties. From the account of the aging Russian general who suffered drenchings in ice-cold water rather than collaborate with his Nazi captors to that of the nineteen-year-old private who flung himself on the gun port of a German pillbox so that his comrades could advance, these pages not only chronicle extraordinary selfless acts of heroism but also rectify an astonishing oversight in innumerable histories of World War II. The stories throughout are altogether remarkable -- like that of Alexei Maresyev, the pilot who crash-landed his plane, crawled in the snow for two weeks with the two broken legs he eventually lost, and with a pair of artificial limbs returned to the air to continue the fight for the country of his blood -- and dramatically illustrate how deeply patriotism and bravery lie in the Russian soul.
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"Russia Heroes is the story of the ordinary and extraordinary men and women soldiers of Russia: the snipers who engaged in duels in No Man's Land; Cossack cavalry regiments crossing the ice at night to raid ammunition dumps; pilots out of ammunition using their propellers to cut off the tailplanes of enemy aircraft ... soldiers who fought in an insane, giant conflict - the largest theatre of war the world has ever seen in which 27 million died." "For more than 60 years the politics of the Cold War made it unacceptable for the real story of the Eastern Front to be told. Now using interviews and primary evidence collected in Russia, much of it never previously published, Albert Axell tells the story of the epic struggle as it unfolds, interweaving his accounts of individual exploits with the progress of the war itself."--Book jackett.
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