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Sacrifice of the Generals: Soviet Senior…

Sacrifice of the Generals: Soviet Senior Officer Losses, 1939-1953

by Michael Parrish

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Michael Parrish has produced a very useful book containing information on almost a 1000 senior Soviet officers, who were suppressed or died in the period 1939-1953. However the criteria for inclusion in the book is very blurred and in many cases you don’t know why a certain officer has been included as in the case of A.M. Antila (Commander of the Red Finnish forces 1939-1940), where his entry doesn’t provided information on him being a victim of suppression, nor does it state when he died. Some of the entries are very spare some with information and with the initials on each officer it is some time difficult to positively identify the officer. Full names would have provide the book as would a better proof reading as the book contains a number of mistakes an errors which may have been caught. This is btw. a common trait with another of Parrish’s books: The Lesser Terror: Soviet State Security, 1939-1953. Nevertheless it is a very useful book with a lot of information not previously published in English. ( )
  Generals.dk | Dec 9, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0810850095, Paperback)

The personnel loss of the Red Army is one of the most controversial aspects of Soviet military history, subject to exaggerations, statistical disagreements, and contemporary Russian politics. This massive biographical dictionary, the result of nearly twenty years of research, attempts to set the record straight with entries for nearly 1,000 senior soviet officers who were captured by the enemy, died of illness, were "repressed" by the Soviet leadership, or were killed in combat between 1939 and 1953. It is considerably enhanced by the use of the Soviet archives that have become available since 1990. Most essays contain extensive bibliographies and a preface contributes important contextual information on personnel organization and losses of the Soviet Army. John Erickson, the foremost Western historian of the Soviet armed forces, contributed a foreword.

Based on the latest declassified sources, this unique research tool greatly increases our understanding of the Soviet Union's mighty World War II effort and related Stalinist politics during its greatest hour. Parrish brings into one volume crucial information which was either not easily accessible in the west before or was widely scattered among many places.

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