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click to enlarge Cumins, Keith. CATACLYSM: The War on the Eastern Front 1941-45. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Helion, 2011). 6x9, 40 photographs, 32 maps, 400 pages.
~~~ It has been more than 60 years since the end of the Second World War, a conflict that shaped the second half of the Twentieth Century. The significance of the war, and its relevance to the lives of so many, has generated a legacy of published material on the topic sufficient to fill a library. Yet disproportionately few publications deal exclusively with the true cauldron of the conflict - the brutal and uncompromising war between Germany and the Soviet Union; and fewer still attempt to provide, in a single volume, a comprehensive overview of that war from the commencement of Operation Barbarossa to the last battle in the rubble-strewn streets of Berlin. Drawing on information from Soviet archives that have only become available since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cataclysm: The War on the Eastern Front 1941-1945, is unquestionably the most successful attempt so far to achieve that goal.
~~~ As Winston Churchill acknowledged, the Red Army tore the guts out of the Wehrmacht, and the story of how that happened, a story in which the events at Stalingrad were just one part, deserves to be told with greater frequency and to be understood more widely. From the enormous amount of detailed information currently available on the military struggle on the Eastern Front, condensing the events of a war of such scale and duration into a succinct narrative in a meaningful and balanced way has long been a challenging task. Yet the mortal conflict between Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia is deserving of the effort.
~~~ Cataclysm focuses on the ground fighting along the Eastern Front, for it was overwhelmingly the ground war that determined the outcome of the conflict. With the aid of concise supporting maps, the book provides a clear and comprehensive account of the ebb and flow of a four-year long conflict conducted across a thousand miles of frontline in the vast region between the Elbe and Volga. Describing the conflict in a predominantly chronological manner, the book's narrative nonetheless maintains an easy, flowing style, relating with clarity the sequence of events as the interwoven campaigns on different sectors of the long frontline unfolded. For anyone wishing to understand the war in on the Eastern Front, 'Cataclysm' is essential reading, and the book will prove to be an invaluable addition to any bookshelf.

$59.95




click to enlarge Drabkin, Artem, Alexei Isaev & Christopher Summerville. BARBAROSSA THROUGH SOVIET EYES: The First Twenty-four Hours. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen & Sword, 2012). 6x9, over 30 illustrations, 224 pages.
~~~ 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.

$32.95






click to enlarge Duffy, Christopher, RED STORM ON THE REICH: The Soviet March on Germany, 1945. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Castle). 403 pages.
~~~ "A powerful narrative history of a campaign of unprecedented scale and ferocity. Draws on both Russian and German source material to portray the brutal 1945 battle on the Eastern Front."

Paperback edition currently in print at $18. This hardcover edition originally published at $27.50, now OUT OF PRINT.

$30.00



click to enlarge Fowler, Will. EASTERN FRONT: The Unpublished Photographs, 1941-1945. NF/NF. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Osceola, WI: MBI Publishing, 2001). Photographs, index, 225 pages.
~~~ This book presents the remarkable personal journals of a German soldier who participated in Operation Barbarossa and subsequent battles on the Eastern Front, revealing the combat experience of the German-Russian War as seldom seen before.
~~~ Hans Roth was a member of the anti-tank (Panzerjager) battalion, 299th Infantry Division, attached to Sixth Army, as the invasion of Russia began. Writing as events transpired, he recorded the mystery and tension as the Germans deployed on the Soviet frontier in June 1941. Then a firestorm broke loose as the Wehrmacht tore across the front, forging into the primitive vastness of the East.
~~~ During the Kiev encirclement, Roth's unit was under constant attack as the Soviets desperately tried to break through the German ring. At one point, after the enemy had finally been beaten, a friend serving with the SS led him to a site where he witnessed civilians being massacred en masse (which may well have been Babi Yar). After suffering through a horrible winter against apparently endless Russian reserves, his division went on the offensive again, this time on the northern wing of "Case Gelb," the German drive toward Stalingrad.
~~~ In these journals, attacks and counterattacks are described in "you are there" detail, as Roth wrote privately, as if to keep himself sane, knowing that his honest accounts of the horrors in the East could never pass through Wehrmacht censors. When the Soviet counteroffensive of winter 1942 begins, his unit is stationed alongside the Italian 8th Army, and his observations of its collapse, as opposed to the reaction of the German troops sent to stiffen its front, are of special fascination.
~~~ Roth’s three journals were discovered many years after his disappearance, tucked away in the home of his brother, with whom he was known to have had a deep bond. After his brother’s death, his family discovered them and quickly sent them to Rosel, Roth’s wife. In time, Rosel handed down the journals to Erika, Roth’s only daughter, who had meantime immigrated to America.
~~~ Hans Roth was doubtlessly working on a fourth journal before he was reported missing in action in July 1944 during the battle known as the Destruction of Army Group Center. Although Roth’s ultimate fate remains unknown, what he did leave behind, now finally revealed, is an incredible firsthand account of the horrific war the Germans waged in Russia.

$65.00


click to enlarge Geddes, Giorgio, NICHIVO: Tales from the Russian Front, 1941-1943. Greenhill Books, 2002. 288 pages.
~~~ "The story of the appalling suffering endured by the common people who were caught up in the midst of World War II. It tells of the horror experienced by the people on the Russian Front who found themselves sandwiched between the two greatest armies the world has ever seen - those of Russia and Germany. It shows how the people were constantly harassed by bandits and local warlords, were routinely robbed of food and fuel by the invading German army, and lived under the constant threat of being deported to Germany; they were people who had just as much to fear from their own troops as from the Germans.

Originally published at $25, now OUT OF PRINT.

$25.00





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click to enlarge Glantz, David M. BARBAROSSA DERAILED: The Battle for Smolensk, 10 July-10 September 1941, Volume 1 --- The German Advance, The Encirclement Battle, and the First and Second Soviet Counteroffensives, 10 July-24 August 1941 . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Helion, 2010). 6x9, 40 b&w photographs, 107 maps, 659 pages.
~~~ At dawn on 10 July 1941, massed tanks and motorized infantry of German Army Group Center's Second and Third Panzer Groups crossed the Dnepr and Western Dvina Rivers, beginning what Adolf Hitler, the Führer of Germany's Third Reich, and most German officers and soldiers believed would be a triumphal march on Moscow, the capital of the Soviet Union. Less than three weeks before, on 22 June Hitler had unleashed his Wehrmacht's [Armed Forces] massive invasion of the Soviet Union code-named Operation Barbarossa, which sought to defeat the Soviet Union's Red Army, conquer the country, and unseat its Communist ruler, Josef Stalin. Between 22 June and 10 July, the Wehrmacht advanced up to 500 kilometers into Soviet territory, killed or captured up to one million Red Army soldiers, and reached the western banks of the Western Dvina and Dnepr Rivers, by doing so satisfying the premier assumption of Plan Barbarossa that the Third Reich would emerge victorious if it could defeat and destroy the bulk of the Red Army before it withdrew to safely behind those two rivers. With the Red Army now shattered, Hitler and most Germans expected total victory in a matter of weeks.
~~~ The ensuing battles in the Smolensk region frustrated German hopes for quick victory. Once across the Dvina and Dnepr Rivers, a surprised Wehrmacht encountered five fresh Soviet armies. Despite destroying two of these armies outright, severely damaging two others, and encircling the remnants of three of these armies in the Smolensk region, quick victory eluded the Germans. Instead, Soviet forces encircled in Mogilev and Smolensk stubbornly refused to surrender, and while they fought on, during July, August, and into early September, first five and then a total of seven newly-mobilized Soviet armies struck back viciously at the advancing Germans, conducting multiple counterattacks and counterstrokes, capped by two major counteroffensives that sapped German strength and will. Despite immense losses in men and materiel, these desperate Soviet actions derailed Operation Barbarossa. Smarting from countless wounds inflicted on his vaunted Wehrmacht, even before the fighting ended in the Smolensk region, Hitler postponed his march on Moscow and instead turned his forces southward to engage "softer targets" in the Kiev region. The 'derailment" of the Wehrmacht at Smolensk ultimately became the crucial turning point in Operation Barbarossa.
~~~ This groundbreaking new study, now significantly expanded, exploits a wealth of Soviet and German archival materials, including the combat orders and operational of the German OKW, OKH, army groups, and armies and of the Soviet Stavka, the Red Army General Staff, the Western Main Direction Command, the Western, Central, Reserve, and Briansk Fronts, and their subordinate armies to present a detailed mosaic and definitive account of what took place, why, and how during the prolonged and complex battles in the Smolensk region from 10 July through 10 September 1941. The structure of the study is designed specifically to appeal to both general readers and specialists by a detailed two-volume chronological narrative of the course of operations, accompanied by a third volume, and perhaps a fourth, containing archival maps and an extensive collection of specific orders and reports translated verbatim from Russian. The maps, archival and archival-based, detail every stage of the battle.
~~~ Within the context of a fresh appreciation of Hitler's Plan Barbarossa, this volume reviews the first two weeks of Operation Barbarossa and then describes in unprecedented detail Plan Barbarossa, Opposing Forces, and the Border Battles, 22 June-1 July 1941; Army Group Center's Advance to the Western Dvina and Dnepr Rivers and the Western Front's Counterstroke at Lepel' 2-9 July 1941; Army Group Center's Advance to Smolensk and the Timoshenko "Counteroffensive," 13-15 July 1941; Army Group Center's Encirclement Battle at Smolensk, 16 July-6 August 1941; The First Soviet Counteroffensive, 23-31 July 1941; The Battles on the Flanks (Velikie Luki and Rogachev-Zhlobin), 16-31 July 1941; The Siege of Mogilev, 16-28 July 1941; Armeegruppe Guderian's Destruction of Group Kachalov, 31 July-6 August 1941; Armeegruppe Guderian's and Second Army's Southward March and the Fall of Gomel', 8-21 August 1941; The Second Soviet Counteroffensive: The Western Front's Dukhovshchina Offensive, 6-24 August 1941 and the Reserve Front's El'nia Offensive, 8-24 August 1941; The Struggle for Velikie Luki, 8-24 August 1941.
~~~ Based on the analysis of the vast mass of documentary materials exploited by this study, David Glantz presents a number of important new findings, notably: Soviet resistance to Army Group Center's advance into the Smolensk region was far stronger and more active than the Germans anticipated and historians have previously described; The military strategy Stalin, the Stavka, and Western Main Direction Command pursued was far more sophisticated than previously believed; Stalin, the Stavka, and Timoshenko's Western Main Direction Command employed a strategy of attrition designed to weaken advancing German forces; This attrition strategy inflicted far greater damage on Army Group Center than previously thought and, ultimately, contributed significantly to the Western and Kalinin Fronts' victories over Army Group Center in December 1941.
~~~ Quite simply, this series breaks new ground in World War II Eastern Front and Soviet military studies.

$69.95





click to enlarge Glantz, David M. BARBAROSSA DERAILED: The Battle for Smolensk, 10 July-10 September 1941, Volume 2 --- The German Offensives on the Flanks and the Third Soviet Counteroffensive, 25 August-10 September 1941. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Helion, 2012). 6x9, 40 b&w photographs, 50 maps, 456 pages.
~~~ See "Volume 1" above for description.

$59.95





click to enlarge Gorodetsky, Gabriel, GRAND DELUSION: Stalin and the German Invasion of Russia. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Yale University Press, 1999). 424 pages.
~~~ From Publisher's Weekly: Gorodetsky's diplomatic history of the period immediately preceding WWII effectively refutes the argument, made most popular by Viktor Suvorov's Icebreaker, that Stalin authorized the Nazi-Soviet nonaggression pact of 1939 because he was preparing to bring revolutionary war to Europe and wanted to neutralize Hitler. Having examined recently opened Soviet archives, Gorodetsky, a professor of history at Tel Aviv University, shows that, while Stalin feared a German attack, he thought he could work out a traditional balance-of-power arrangement with Germany that established recognized spheres of influence. The reason Stalin succumbed to this delusion, according to Gorodetsky, was that he distrusted Britain more than he feared Hitler. He loathed the idea of becoming Britain's pawn, believing (not without reason, as it turned out) that a Soviet-British alliance would make cannon fodder of the poorly prepared Red Army. Gorodetsky reveals that Stalin both courted and bullied the leaders of Bulgaria and Turkey in hopes of gaining control of the Bosphorus and then using that control as a bargaining chip when striking a balance of power in the region. As for the contention that Stalin planned to export revolution by war, Gorodetsky, like many before him, observes that Stalin's purges of the officer corps had rendered the Red Army ill-prepared for a defensive war, much less an attack on Nazi Germany. Though stiffly written in some places, this thorough analysis of Soviet diplomatic brinksmanship makes it more than clear that Stalin was ultimately driven more by a combination of paranoia and realpolitik than by Bolshevik ideology.
~~~ Currently in print at $50.00.

$45.00



click to enlarge [Khaldei] Alexander and Alice Nakhimovsky. WITNESS TO HISTORY: The Photographs of Yevgeny Khaldei. Fine/Fine. Collector's grade hardcover with dust jacket. (Aperture, 1997). 75 black-and-white duotone photographs, 9 x 12, 96 pages.
~~~ One of the greatest Soviet treasures to come to light after the of the cold war is the work of the photographer Yevgeny Khaldei. A staff photographer for TASS during World War II, Khaldei produced a tremendous and valuable archive of images. He covered every day of the conflict from the German invasion of the USSR in 1941 to the fall of Berlin in 1945, where he raced to the roof of the burning Reichstag to take his famous photograph of a soldier hoisting the Soviet flag. His unflinching approach, and the moving images that resulted, have led to comparisons with the work of Robert Capa. Khaldei's life was shaped by the triumphs and disasters of the Soviet twentieth century. Yevgeny Khaldei was born in 1917, just months before the Bolshevik Revolution. A year later, as pogroms ravaged the Jewish towns of the Ukraine, his mother was shot and the bullet that killed her lodged in his chest. At the age of eleven he made a crude camera from a cardboard box and his grandmother's spectacles. Before long his images of the heroes of Soviet construction, triumphant steelworkers and stoic farmers, were appearing in Pravda. By the of the war Khaldei was acknowledged as Russia's greatest combat photographer. Born as the Soviet Union was coming into existence, Yevgeny Khaldei has lived through its struggles, triumphs, and eventually its downfall. Eighty years old, Yevgeny Khaldei still resides in Moscow.

Originally published at $40, now OUT OF PRINT.

$65.00


click to enlarge Kopperud, Gunnar, THE TIME OF LIGHT. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Black remainder dot on bottom edge of book. (NY: Bloomsbury, 2000). First American Edition. 247 pages.
~~~ A powerful and lyrical meditation on war and the pity of war. The Time of Light begins as Markus, a former German soldier, seeks atonement from an Armenian priest for his part in the Nazi invasion of Russia. Captured at the Battle of Stalingrad, Markus never returned to Germany but tried instead to work out his destiny in the country and among the people he feels he desecrated. Overcome by grief and shame, Markus turns his back on everything, including his wife and son. ~~~ Framed by the 9-day Nagorno- Karabakh conflict of 1994, The Time of Light is skillfully created from a series of tales that arise from Markus's conversations with the priest. It is a novel of striking contrasts, where devastating scenes are etched with an incisive lyricism that leaves the reader reeling. Clear-eyed about the savagery of war, harrowing in its evocation of emotion, powerfully imaginative in its grasp of something ineluctable in the human condition, The Time of Light is a mesmerizing novel by a prodigiously gifted new author.
~~~ From Publishers Weekly: "War and its consequences are the subjects of Norway-based journalist Kopperud's dreamlike first novel, set during a 10-day skirmish between Armenia and Azerbaijan in 1994. As that conflict unfolds, it triggers the haunted memories of wwii vet Markus Wagner, a German expatriate who participated in the Nazi army's disastrous winter 1942-1943 battle and occupation of Stalingrad. Burdened by the weight of his past, Markus recounts his story to an old Armenian priest, in wide-ranging conversations that touch on everything from Bertrand Russell to the inevitability of war atrocities. Chief among these in Markus's recollection are the torching of a Russian church filled with civilians, and the rape and murder of a village girl. In both cases, Markus is tormented by his own conflicted role. Kopperud spaces the war scenes far apart, with lots of philosophy and history in between. When the memories do come, they are filled with microscopic detail and stark imagery, and they possess a veneer of shimmering beauty, thanks to Kopperud's lyrical descriptions of the most base savagery. Some stories must either never be told or be told only the way dreams are told, says one character, an Armenian survivor of Turkish brutality, and Kopperud obliges with fanciful, hallucinatory scenes such as one in which a musically gifted German sniper plays a duet in gunfire with his Russian counterpart. While Markus is the book's central figure, the third-person narrative encompasses other viewpoints as well -- most successfully that of Rachel, the Jewish lover Markus left behind in Norway. Other characters include Manfred and Dieter, fellow soldiers in Markus's unit. Gracefully manipulating fragmented voices and a patchwork narrative, Kopperud crafts a moving modernist meditation on German war guilt and the fundamental nature of good and evil, light and dark.

$23.95














click to enlarge Krysov, Vasiliy. PANZER DESTROYER: Memoirs of a Red Army Tank Commander. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen & Sword, 2010). 30 illustrations, 6x9, 224 pages.
~~~ The day after Vasiliy Krysov finished school, on 22 June 1941, Germany attacked the Soviet Union and provoked a war of unparalleled extent and cruelty. For the next three years, as a tank commander, Krysov fought against the German panzers in some of the most intense and destructive armored engagements in history–including those at Stalingrad, Kursk and Königsberg.
~~~ This is the remarkable story of his war. As the commander of a heavy tank, a self-propelled gun -a tank destroyer-and a T-34, he fought his way westward across Russia, the Ukraine and Poland against a skillful and determined enemy which had previously never known defeat. Krysov repeatedly faced tough SS panzer divisions, like the SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Panzer Division in the Bruilov-Fastov area in 1943, and the SS Das Wiking Panzer Division in Poland in 1944. . Krysov was at Kursk and participated in a counterattack at Ponyri. The ruthlessness of this long and bitter campaign is vividly depicted in his narrative, as is the enormous scale and complexity of the fighting.
~~~ Honestly, and with an extraordinary clarity of recall, he describes confrontations with German Tiger and Panther tanks and deadly anti-tank guns. He was wounded four times, his crewmen and his commanding officers were killed, but he was fated to survive and record his experience of combat. His memoirs give a compelling insight into the reality of tank warfare on the Eastern Front.

$39.95





click to enlarge Lodieu, Didier. III. PZ KORPS AT KURSK, 1943. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Histoire and Collections, 2007). Full color illustrations throughout, 12x9, 128 pages.
~~~ This book is the first in a new series devoted to German armored formations of World War II.
~~~ Packed with full color images and a large amount of previously unpublished material, it is custom designed to appeal to modelers, AFV enthusiasts, and readers interested in Second World War technical history.
~~~ The book traces the battle of Kursk and the involvement of the German Panzer Units, through first hand records. Many hitherto unpublished photos, plus recently discovered memoirs from veterans combined with color profiles of AFVs, contribute to make this book a real reference bible for the enthusiast.
~~~ Didier Lodieu is a dedicated specialist on the German Army of World War II. In more than thirty years of research. he has learned how to find the most interesting photos and historical sources.

$44.95





click to enlarge Porter, David. DAS REICH DIVISION AT KURSK, 11 July 1943. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Amber, 2011). 600 artworks and photographs, 7.5x9.5, 192 pages.
~~~ In the early summer of 1943, following the German defeat at Stalingrad, Hitler sought a decisive battle that would turn the struggle on the Eastern Front in the Germans’ favor. On the 5th July 1943, the Wehrmacht launched Operation Citadel. Attacking with a force of 3000 tanks and assault guns, the Germans faced a well dug-in force of more than 3900 Soviet tanks, with another 1500 tanks in reserve. The tanks advanced with as many as 50 vehicles packed together per kilometer of line. What followed was the largest tank battle the world has ever seen, with both sides suffering heavy casualties
~~~ On the 11th July, three SS divisions – Totenkopf, Das Reich and Leibstandarte – attempted to break through the Soviet lines at the village of Prokhorovka, and so force the flank of the Soviet defensive position. Facing them were the newly deployed Soviet 5th Guards Tanks Army. It was the Germans’ last chance for a potential breakthrough on the Eastern Front. The battle raged all day, with German attack followed by Soviet counterattack. By nightfall the Germans had lost more than 300 tanks and the 5th Guards Tanks Army 50 percent of their strength. Despite their heavy losses, the Soviet defenders had achieved their aim: the German attack had been halted and all hope of their regaining the initiative lost.
~~~ Das Reich at Prokhorovka has an eight-page gatefold depicting one of the brigades from the Das Reich Division in an innovative and fresh manner. This brigade is shown in battle deployment, with reconnaissance units, advance companies, the main body, the brigade command section, plus all the supporting engineers, signalers, artillery etc to provide a visual guide to exactly how many tanks and other armored vehicles were advancing on the 11th July. The book itself is broken down by these sections, looking at each component part of the brigade in turn, their structure, equipment and what they did on 11th July. Maps will be used where appropriate to show the location of each element on the battlefield. The description of each part includes action reports, organization, equipment, unit commanders and much more. Thanks to its new and accessible approach, the book will appeal to both the enthusiast and the general reader interested in World War II.

$34.95





click to enlarge Porter, David. FIFTH GUARDS TANK ARMY AT KURSK, 11 July 1943. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Amber, 2011). 600 artist's renditions and photographs, 7.5x9.5, 192 pages.
~~~ In the early summer of 1943, following the German defeat at Stalingrad, Hitler sought a decisive battle that would turn the struggle on the Eastern Front in the Germans’ favor. On the 5th July 1943, the Wehrmacht launched Operation Citadel. Attacking with a force of 3000 tanks and assault guns, the Germans faced a well dug-in force of more than 3900 Soviet tanks, with another 1500 tanks in reserve. The tanks advanced with as many as 50 vehicles packed together per kilometer of line. What followed was the largest tank battle the world has ever seen, with both sides suffering heavy casualties
~~~ On the 11th July, three SS divisions – Totenkopf, Das Reich and Leibstandarte – attempted to break through the Soviet lines at the village of Prokhorovka, and so force the flank of the Soviet defensive position. Facing them were the newly deployed Soviet 5th Guards Tanks Army. It was the Germans’ last chance for a potential breakthrough on the Eastern Front. The battle raged all day, with German attack followed by Soviet counterattack. By nightfall the Germans had lost more than 300 tanks and the 5th Guards Tanks Army 50 percent of their strength. Despite their heavy losses, the Soviet defenders had achieved their aim: the German attack had been halted and all hope of their regaining the initiative lost.
~~~ 5th Guards Tank Army at Kursk has an eight-page gatefold depicting one of the brigades from the Soviet 5th Guards Tank Army in an innovative and fresh manner. This brigade is shown in battle deployment, with reconnaissance units, advance companies, the main body, the brigade command section, plus all the supporting engineers, signalers, artillery etc to provide a visual guide to exactly how many tanks and other armored vehicles were advancing on the 11th July. The book itself is broken down by these sections, looking at each component part of the brigade in turn, their structure, equipment and what they did on 11th July. Maps will be used where appropriate to show the location of each element on the battlefield. The description of each part includes action reports, organization, equipment, unit commanders and much more. Thanks to its novel and accessible approach, the book will appeal to both the enthusiast and the general reader interested in World War II.

$34.95






click to enlarge Seidler, Hans. BATTLE OF KURSK, 1943. NEW copy, PAPERBACK. (Pen and Sword, 2011). 300 black and white photographs, 7.5x9.5, 160 pages.
~~~ The greatest tank battle in world history, known as Operation CITADEL, opened during the early hours of 5 July 1943, and its outcome was to decide the eventual outcome of the war on the Eastern Front. Images of War - Battle of Kursk 1943, is an illustrated account of this pivotal battle of the war on the Eastern Front, when the Germans threw 900,000 men and 2,500 tanks against 1,300,000 soldiers and 3,000 tanks of the Red Army in a savage battle of attrition.
~~~ Unlike many pictorial accounts of the war on the Eastern Front, Battle of Kursk 1943 draws upon both German and Russian archive material, all of which are rare or unpublished. The images convey the true scale, intensity and horror of the fighting at Kursk, as the Germans tried in vain to batter their way through the Soviet defensive systems. The battle climaxed at the village of Prokhorovka, which involved some 1,000 tanks fighting each other at pointblank range.
~~~ During this vicious two week battle the Red Army dealt the Panzerwaffe a severe battering from which the German war effort was never to recover fully. Kursk finally ended the myth of German invincibility.

$24.95





click to enlarge Zamulin, Valerly and Stuart Britton. DEMOLISHING THE MYTH: The Tank Battle at Prokhorovka, Kursk, July 1943-- An Operational Narrative. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Helion & Co, 2011). 6x9. 180 b&w photographs, 8 pages of color maps, 664 pages.
~~~ A groundbreaking book when first published in Russia in 2005, now Valeriy Zamulin's study of the crucible of combat during the titanic clash at Kursk - the fighting at Prokhorovka - is available in English. A former staff member of the Prokhorovka Battlefield State Museum, Zamulin has dedicated years of his life to the study of the battle of Kursk, and especially the fighting on its southern flank involving the famous attack of the II SS Panzer Corps into the teeth of deeply-echeloned Red Army defenses. A product of five years of intense research into the once-secret Central Archives of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Zamulin lays out in enormous detail the plans and tactics of both sides, culminating in the famous and controversial clash at Prokhorovka on 12 July 1943. Zamulin skillfully weaves reminiscences of Red Army and Wehrmacht soldiers and officers into the narrative of the fighting, using in part files belonging to the Prokhorovka Battlefield State Museum. Zamulin has the advantage of living in Prokhorovka, so he has walked the ground of the battlefield many times and has an intimate knowledge of the terrain.
~~~ Examining the battle from primarily the Soviet side, Zamulin reveals the real costs and real achievements of the Red Army at Kursk, and especially Prokhorovka. He examines mistaken deployments and faulty decisions that hampered the Voronezh Front's efforts to contain the Fourth Panzer Army's assault, and the valiant, self-sacrificial fighting of the Red Army's soldiers and junior officers as they sought to slow the German advance, and then crush the II SS Panzer Corps with a heavy counterattack at Prokhorovka on 12 July. The combat on this day receives particular scrutiny, as Zamulin works to clarify the relative size of the contending forces, the actual area of this battle, and the costs suffered by both sides. The costs to General P. A. Rotmistrov's 5th Guards Tank Army and General A. S. Zhadov's 5th Guards Army as they slammed into 1st SS Panzer Grenadier Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, 3rd SS Panzer Grenadier Division Totenkopf and a portion of 2nd SS Panzer Grenadier Division Das Reich were particularly devastating, and Zamulin examines the nuts and bolts of the counteroffensive to see why this was so.
~~~ Zamulin does not exclude the oft-overlooked efforts of Army Group Kempf's III Panzer Corps on the right-wing of the Fourth Panzer Army, as it sought to keep pace with the II SS Panzer Corps advance, and then breach the line of the Northern Donets River in order to link up with its left-hand neighbor in the region of Prokhorovka. Zamulin describes how the Soviet High Command and the Voronezh Front had to cobble together quickly a defense of this line with already battered units, but needed to reinforce it with fresh formations at the expense of the counterstroke at Prokhorovka.
~~~ Illustrated with numerous maps and photographs (including present-day views of the battlefield), and supplemented with extensive tables of data, Zamulin's book is an outstanding contribution to the growing literature on the battle of Kursk, and further demolishes many of the myths and legends that grew up around this battle.

$69.95







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click to enlarge Alexandrovich, Daniel, LENINGRAD UNDER SIEGE: First-Hand Accounts of the Ordeal. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen & Sword, 2008). Photographs, 2 24 pages.
~~~ Leningrad was under siege for almost three years, and the first winter of that siege was one of the coldest on record. The Russians had been taken by surprise by the Germans' sudden onslaught in June 1941.
~~~ This book tells the story of that long, bitter siege in the words of those who were there. It vividly describes how ordinary Leningraders struggled to stay alive and to defend their beloved city in the most appalling conditions. They were bombed, shelled, starved and frozen. They dug tank-traps and trenches, built shelters and fortifications, fought fires, cleared rubble, tended the wounded and, for as long as they had strength to do so, buried their dead. Many were killed by German bombs or shells, but most of them died of hunger and cold.
~~~ Based on interviews with survivors of the siege and on contemporary diaries and personal memoirs. The primary focus is on three people: a young mother with two small children, a boy of sixteen at the outbreak of war, and an elderly academic. We see the siege through their eyes as its horrors unfold and as they struggle to survive.

$33.00



click to enlarge Glantz, David M.. THE SIEGE OF LENINGRAD, 1941-1944: 900 Days of Terror. NEW copy. Oversized hardcover with dust jacket. (Osceola WI: MBI Publishing, 2001). Maps, photographs, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, 224 pages.
~~~ Nazi Germany's siege of Leningrad is one of world history's epic chapters. For nearly three years, the people of this industrial port city withstood everything the surrounding German Army could throw at them — and their resistance sounded a crucial death knell for Hitler's ambitions to rule Europe. This compelling narrative explains the increasingly drastic methods employed by the Wehrmacht to reduce the city's defenses and break the morale of its citizens, while also examining Leningrad's political symbolism, the Red Army's frantic counteroffensives, and the hardships faced by Leningraders — 4,000 citizens starved to death on Christmas Day 1941 alone, for example. Previously unpublished photographs, detailed maps, and firsthand accounts are supplemented by an overview of the roles played by Soviet leaders and the heroism of the city as a whole.



Originally published at $24.95, now OUT OF PRINT.

$35.00



click to enlarge Lubbeck, William, AT LENINGRAD'S GATES: The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Casemate, 2006). Photographs, 256 pages.
~~~ This is the remarkable story of a German soldier who fought throughout World War II, rising from conscript private to captain of a heavy weapons company on the Eastern Front.
~~~ William Lubbeck, age 19, was drafted into the Wehrmacht in August 1939. As a member of the 58th Infantry Division, he received his baptism of fire during the 1940 invasion of France. The following spring his division served on the left flank of Army Group North in Operation Barbarossa. After grueling marches admidst countless Russian bodies, burnt-out vehicles, and a great number of cheering Baltic civilians, Lubbeck's unit entered the outskirts of Leningrad, making the deepest penetration of any German formation.
~~~ The Germans suffered brutal hardships the following winter as they fought both Russian counterattacks and the brutal cold. The 58th Division was thrown back and forth across the front of Army Group North, from Novgorod to Demyansk, at one point fighting back Russian attacks on the ice of Lake Ilmen. Returning to the outskirts of Leningrad, the 58th was placed in support of the Spanish "Blue" Division. Relations between the allied formations soured at one point when the Spaniards used a Russian bath house for target practice, not realizing that Germans were relaxing inside.
~~~ A soldier who preferred to be close to the action, Lubbeck served as forward observer for his company, dueling with Russian snipers, partisans and full-scale assaults alike. His worries were not confined to his own safety, however, as news arrived of disasters in Germany, including the destruction of Hamburg where his girlfriend served as an Army nurse.
~~~ In September 1943, Lubbeck earned the Iron Cross First Class and was assigned to officers' training school in Dresden. By the time he returned to Russia, Army Group North was in full-scale retreat. Now commanding his former heavy weapons company, Lubbeck alternated sharp counterattacks with inexorable withdrawal, from Riga to Memel on the Baltic. In April 1945 Lubbeck's company became stalled in a traffic jam and was nearly obliterated by a Russian barrage followed by air attacks.
~~~ In the last chaotic scramble from East Prussia, Lubbeck was able to evacuate on a newly minted German destroyer. He recounts how the ship arrived in the British zone off Denmark with all guns blazing against pursuing Russians. The following morning, May 8, 1945, he learned that the war was over.
~~~ After his release from British captivity, Lubbeck married his sweetheart, Anneliese, and in 1949 immigrated to the United States where he raised a successful family. With the assistance of David B. Hurt, he has drawn on his wartime notes and letters, Soldatbuch, regimental history and personal memories to recount his four years of frontline experience. Containing rare firsthand accounts of both triumph and disaster, At Leningrad's Gates provides a fascinating glimpse into the reality of combat on the Eastern Front.

$33.00





click to enlarge Malaparte, Curzio, THE VOLGA RISES IN EUROPE. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Military Book Club Special Edition, 2000). 288 pages.
~~~ Among the hundreds of thousands of soldiers killing each other on the Eastern Front, one solitary war correspondent was taking notes. Curzio Malaparte, an Italian journalist working on the side of the Axis powers, spent the summer of 1941 amid the pandemonium--only to be removed and imprisoned by Goebbels. His crime? Being "too objective." After spending four years under house arrest, he was sent to cover the war in Finland, then Leningrad. In The Volga Rises in Europe, Malaparte offers more than just the refreshingly objective perspective of a journalist. One of Italy's most celebrated writers of the decade after the war, he provides a peerless illustration of the human dimension of the Eastern Front. Malaparte's ability to spot details is uncanny; his ability to build upon them to express the horror and absurdity of war is astonishing. Here you get a complete panorama of the front, with views of civilians in their war-ravaged homes; soldiers readying themselves for battle; and graphic descriptions of the most furious combat of WW II. Rarely does an author have such an intimacy with the landscape and its people. This dense, all-encompassing, often poetic chronicle leaves you speechless. It's literally one of a kind.
~~ (If you are looking for a gripping frontline account of the fighting, this book may disappoint. It is often more philosophical than journalistic).

$25.00


click to enlarge Mazkova, Daniela and Vladimir Remes, THE RUSSIAN WAR, 1941-1945. Dutton, 1977. VG/VG. Dutton, 1977. First American Edition. Oblong octavo, 152pp. Introduction by Harrison Salisbury, preface and notes by A.J.P. Taylor. 127 black and white photographs, arranged chronologically. From the introduction: "Stalin grad was a battle fought street by street, building by building, floor by floor, room by room, and often man to man. The Soviet cameraman literally shot over the shoulders of combat soldiers and not infrequently alternated between lens and pistol..... Almost every step, every act, every tragedy, every defeat, every victory in this calvary of the years 1941-1945 was recorded by the lenses of an incredibly brave, numerous an ingenious band of Soviet photographers. these pictures are among the finest of the war -- and the least known in the West."

$40.00


Merridale, Catherine, NIGHT OF STONE: Death and Memory in Twentieth-Century Russia. Trade Paperback. NEW copy, Penguin, 2001. Photographs, Notes & Sources, Bibliography, Index, 402 pages.
~~ Deals extensively with life and death during World War I, the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, the Civil War between the Whites and the Bolsheviks, and the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany.
~~ During the twentieth century, Russia, Ukraine, and the other territories of the former Soviet Union experienced more bloodshed and violent death than anywhere else on earth: fifty million dead in an epic of destruction that encompassed war, revolution, famine, epidemic, and political purges. In Night of Stone, Catherine Merridale asks Russians the most difficult questions about how their country's volatile past has affected their everyday lives, aspirations, dreams, and nightmares. Drawing upon evidence from rare Imperial archives, Soviet propaganda, memoirs, letters, newspapers, literature, psychiatric studies, and interviews, Night of Stone provides a highly original and revealing history of modern Russia.
~~ From Publishers Weekly: "Russia's story of death has been obscured so often," explains Merridale (Perestroika: The Historical Perspective; Moscow Politics and the Rise of Stalin). The extraordinary scale of the violence and loss in modern Russian history has been shrouded in secrecy; indeed, the government has only recently acknowledged the hundreds of thousands killed under Stalin. 'For 50 years,' Merridale writes, 'until the fall of Communism, families had kept bereavement of this kind to themselves.... It was dangerous, after all, to mourn the passing of an enemy of the people.' Paying particular attention to the ways that Orthodox religion and Soviet atheism have affected Russian bereavement, Merridale explores Russian perceptions of death and afterlife from before the Bolshevik Revolution, through both world wars and the great famines of the 1930s and into the present. Her fascinating study is based on intimate conversations with bereaved Russians, as well as interviews with gravediggers, funeral directors, social workers, doctors and priests, and meticulous readings of imperial archives, Soviet propaganda, letters, memoirs, literature and government documents. (As Merridale points out, much of this research would have been impossible 20 years ago.) Merridale scrupulously avoids imposing her own ideological or cultural prejudices on her subject. By turns solemn and grisly, empathetic and scholarly, this inspired work provides a unique window on Soviet history through the brutality, ceremony and silences of death."
~~ From Kirkus Reviews: "A wrenchingly poignant examination of how the Russian people have coped with a century of tragedy and loss. Because Merridale (History/Univ. of Bristol) believes that the truth resides more in stories than statistics, she spent two years in Russia interviewing a wide variety of people, reviewing personal and archival documents (many just recently available), and visiting the sites associated with the revolutions, wars, and atrocities that characterized the Soviet period. She does not ignore statistics, but she folds them seamlessly into her mesmerizing narrative. Beginning with a 1997 visit to a mass grave for Stalinist victims at Sandormokh, she segues smoothly into an examination of sanguinary historical events and their psychological impact, which many Russians still deny. One of the questions that drives her narrative is: How do people's memories accommodate the unthinkable? After all the arrests, tortures, mass murders, deportations, bloody battles, famines and starvation, even cannibalism (all reported here), how do the survivors carry on? As the author proceeds through the century in riveting and occasionally nauseating detail, she uncovers some astonishing data. The census of 1937, for example, stunned Soviet officials with its revelation that the famine of 1932-33 had claimed as many as seven million lives. She reveals with devastating clarity the 'success' of Soviet propaganda among its own citizens. During the two-year siege of Leningrad, for example, more than ten times as many people died as at Hiroshima, yet survivors tend to reject the suggestion that its horrors had lingering psychological consequences. Silence and dissociation become the operative strategies. Merridale examines, as well, more recent events, such as the war in Afghanistan, the disaster at Chernobyl, the fall of Communism and the dismantling of the USSR; through it all she sees many Russians embracing what she calls 'the stoicism myth.' Despite what they have suffered through a most savage century, Merridale concludes, they are only now beginning to realize -- and acknowledge -- the effects. Written with consummate skill and enormous compassion."

$16.00


click to enlarge Overy, Richard, RUSSIA'S WAR: Blood Upon the Snow. NF/NF. Jacket in mylar (NY: TV Books [Penguin Putnam], 1997). Maps, photographs, bibliography, index, 431 pages.
~~~ Overy gained exclusive access to previously unavailable information from the former KGB, GRU, and presidential archives to assemble this definitive book that fully covers the Russian efforts to defeat the Axis powers in World War II.
~~~ From New York Times Book Review "The savage war between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1945 was the most gigantic military struggle in world history. . . .Making excellent use of newly available Presidential archival material and K.G.B. collections, Overy has written a penetrating and compassionate book."
~~ Richard Overy is Professor of Modern History at King's College, London. He is the author of thirteen books on the Third Reich and the history of World War II, including, most recently, Why the Allies Won. He is currently at work on the Oxford History of the Second World War and completing a history of the Nazi economy.
~~ Hardcover originally in print at $29.95, now OUT OF PRINT. Paperback currently in print at $16.00.

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click to enlarge Grau, Lester & Michael Gress (eds). RED ARMY'S DO IT YOURSELF, NAZI-BASHING GUERRILLA WARFARE MANUAL: The Partisan's Handbook, Updated and Revised Edition, 1943. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Casemate, 2011). Illustrations, drawings, 6x9, 288 pages.
~~~ This 1943 third edition of the The Partisan’s Companion is the last-and-best Red Army manual used to train partisans to fight the Nazi invader. Its usefulness outlived World War II. It was later used to train “third-world” guerrillas in their wars of national liberation in the 1950s–70s and even the Fedayeen guerrillas who fought U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. Once upon a time, the Boy Scout Manual concentrated almost exclusively on camping, field craft and first aid. The Partisan’s Companion adds guns, demolitions, hand-to-hand combat, assorted mayhem and multiple forms of Nazi-bashing. It is like the old Boy Scout Manual on steroids.
~~~ When Germany invaded the Soviet Union, the Red Army was hard pressed to cope with the “invincible” Wehrmacht. The initial partisan resistance efforts also had problems. No locals were welcome, and the only guerrillas recognized by Moscow were surrounded Red Army units and units of loyal party members who were sent into unfamiliar territory to battle the Nazis. The initial training manual was a reprint from the Russian Civil War, and most of these units were wiped out. Finally the Soviets began recruiting partisans from the local community—but with Red Army officers and secret police agents. The partisan effort improved.
~~~ By 1943, it was obvious that Germany was losing the war. The partisan ranks grew as did the training requirements for the partisan commanders. The 1943 edition of the Partisan’s Companion helped quickly train new guerrillas to a common standard. Besides field craft, it covers partisan tactics, German counter-guerrilla tactics, demolitions, German and Soviet weapons, scouting, camouflage, anti-tank warfare and anti-aircraft defense for squad and platoon-level instruction. It contains the Soviet lessons of two bitter years of war and provides a good look at the tactics and training of a mature partisan force. The partisans moved and lived clandestinely, harassed the enemy, and supported the Red Army through reconnaissance and attacks on the German supply lines. They were also the agents of Soviet power and vengeance in the occupied regions. Soviet historians credit the partisans with tying down ten percent of the German army and with killing almost a million enemy soldiers. They clearly frustrated German logistics and forced the Germans to periodically sideline divisions to hunt the partisans. The partisans, and this third edition, were clearly part of the eventual Soviet victory over Germany.

$18.95




click to enlarge Obryn'ba, Nikolai I. RED PARTISAN: The Memoir of a Soviet Resistance Fighter on the Eastern Front. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Potomac Books). 16 pages of photographs. 228 pages.
~~~ The epic WWII battles between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union are the subject of a vast literature, but little has been published in English about the experiences of ordinary Soviets, citizens and soldiers. This intimate memoir tells of his experiences of being taken prisoner at Operation Barbarossa, and more.

$26.95






click to enlarge Pleshakov, Constantine, STALIN'S FOLLY: The Tragic First Ten Days of World War II on the Eastern Front. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Houghton Mifflin, 2005). Maps, photographs, 326 pages.
~~~ On June 22, 1941, Hitler launched a massive three-pronged attack on the Soviet Union, and in days his troops were within reach of Moscow. The attack was stunning, but Stalin’s response was even more astonishing. During the invasion, the mighty Soviet military stood in place while its soldiers were slaughtered by the hundreds of thousands.
~~~ Drawing on a wealth of newly available documents, from classified Politburo papers and diaries of key generals to diplomatic cables and secret police memos, the Russian historian Constantine Pleshakov paints a startling portrait of Stalin, one of history’s most feared despots, as a vulnerable and paralyzed leader. Refusing to believe that the Germans would strike first, despite repeated warnings, he continued to supply them with war materials in the days before the attack, then tied his generals’ hands in the crucial first hours of the invasion. For more than a week, while Hitler rolled over Soviet territory, Stalin cowered in his dacha, leaving the country rudderless and — as Pleshakov reveals here — nearly losing power. The Red Army’s effort to regain the territory lost in those first ten days cost more than 10 million Soviet lives.

Stalin’s Folly is a dramatic hour-by-hour account that sheds light on an enigmatic and ruthless figure while providing a new and far deeper understanding of Russian history.
~~~ Originally published at $26, now OUT OF PRINT.

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click to enlarge Drabkin, Artem. RED AIR FORCE AT WAR --- BARBAROSSA AND THE RETREAT TO MOSCOW: Recollections of Soviet Fighter Pilots on the Eastern Front. . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen & Sword, 2012). 6x9, 50 b&w photographs, 224 pages.
~~~ The onset of war in the summer of 1941 was a disaster for the Soviet Air Force. In a few weeks, faced by the onslaught of the Luftwaffe, most of the Soviet frontline aircraft were destroyed, and the casualty rate among the pilots was cripplingly high.
~~~ Yet the surviving few gained precious battle experience and they formed the core of the fighter force that turned the tables on the Germans and eventually won air superiority over the Eastern Front.
~~~ Many of these Soviet pilots are still alive today and in this book they vividly recall the air battles of 60 years ago.

$39.95




click to enlarge Emelianenko, Vasily, RED STAR AGAINST THE SWASTIKA: The Story of a Soviet Pilot over the Eastern Front. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Greenhill Books, 2005). 240 pages.
~~~ This is the extraordinary story of Vasily B. Emelianenko, the veteran pilot of one of the Soviet Union's most contradictory planes of wwii the I1-2. This heavily armored aircraft was practically unrivalled in terms of fire power, but it was slow to maneuver and an easy target for fighters. I12 had to attack enemy flak columns at extremely low altitudes, which led to enormous tolls both in equipment and personnel. It is no wonder then that, having flown 80 combat sorties against the Germans, Emelianenko was awarded the highest decoration the Hero of the Soviet Union. He went on to complete a total of 92 sorties. His plane was shot down 3 times, and on each occasion he managed to pilot the damaged aircraft home, demonstrating remarkable resilience and bravery in the face of terrifying odds.

$34.95






click to enlarge Kienko, Dmitry. A STORM ON A SUNNY DAY: The Soviet 11th Composite Aviation Division and the Luftwaffe, 22 June 1941. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Helion, 2013). 75 black and white photographs, 160 pages.
~~~ Despite the fact that a large number of books and articles have been written about the initial events in the Great Patriotic War, any study dedicated to this period of the war continues to be met with great interest. There is reason to believe that not even 10% of the Russian archival documents, many of which still remain closed to scholars, have been used thus far. Thus any new book that brings into circulation some or other of these resources becomes the next placed brick in the building of historical truth. Dmitry Kienko's study is dedicated to the operations of Soviet aviation formations over Belorussian territory in the initial period of the war, and presents the results of many years of research. The author demonstrates a fine mastery of the historiography of the problem of securing air support in the Belorussian theater of combat operations, and makes wide use of various types of sources (messages, summaries, orders, rosters, reports, etc.). These include both those found in source books of documents, as well as those revealed for the first time from the archives of Belorussia and Russia: the Russian Federation's Central Archive of the Ministry of Defense in Podol'sk, the Russian State Military Archive in Moscow, the Belorussian Republic's National Archive in Minsk, and the Government Archive of Social Organization of Grodno Oblast in Grodno. In addition to the documentary sources, the author has used materials gleaned from research in the field (eyewitness recollections, interviews with participants and archaeological investigations of the locations of former bases and aircraft crash sites), as well as materials from private and museum collections, which has allowed him to conduct a complex analysis of the examined questions and to draw objective conclusions. The study is split into three, each discussing one of the sub-units of the 11th Composite Aviation Division, and each sharing a logical structure. First the author examines the history of the aviation unit's initial formation, then their relocation to Belorussian territory, and then the combat training of the personnel, their equipment, and the life and daily routine in the garrisons. Particular attention is paid to the outbreak of the war and the actions of both the command of the regiments and of their personnel. Kienko scrutinizes the fate of the pilots and their planes, and of those who by chance of fate were otherwise connected with the aviation regiments. The text is significantly enhanced by illustrations (photographs, maps and drawings, many published for the first time) and tables. Kienko's study presents a wide range of fresh materials and research covering the activities of one unit of the VVS or Red Air Force at the very start of the Great Patriotic War, and by so doing enhances our knowledge of this both the air war at this time, and the formations conducting it.

~~ Not available until late July 2013.

$49.95





Stroud, John, THE RED AIR FORCE. The history of Soviet aviation and a survey of the aircraft at present in service .
VG/VG--. Jacket is price-clipped & chipped. A piece roughly the size of a quarter is missing from rear panel (text unaffected). Book itself is tight & clean: bright red cloth covers with gilt Soviet star on front. 8.5 x 11. (London: The Pilot Press, 1943). Despite being a wartime product, book has glossy pages throughout and photos are therefore of higher quality than is usual for books published during the war. 48 pages.
~~~ "The first full-length and illustrated account of what was once the 'mystery' Air Force among the Great Powers. Following the early history of aviation in the U.S.S.R., Mr Stroud describes the types of aircraft at present in service on the Russo-German War-front. There are also chapters on Arctic flying, transport aircraft, paratroops and gliding, and the Red Air Force organization."
~~~ S C A R C E, particularly in jacket. OUT OF PRINT.

$175.00







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click to enlarge Bessonov, Evgenii, TANK RIDER: Into the Reich with the Red Army. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Greenhill Books, 2003). 256 pages.
~~~ From Library Journal: "These memoirs by a Russian tank rider present a frontline view of the horrific combat that was the eastern front from the Kursk battles of 1943 to the fall of Berlin in 1945. Bessonov, an officer of the 4th Guards Tank Army, saw almost continuous action before being wounded shortly before war's end. This is a no-frills account written from an infantry platoon leader's perspective that, in this case, is from the back of a tank far in advance of the main Russian forces. The author does not attempt to condone, moralize, or politicize anything that happened during his service, thereby giving readers a sobering look at Russian small-unit tactics, which focused on results without regard for the individual soldier. Bessonov recounts the courage and fear, bravery and stupidity of all those in his military family, both above and below him. In so doing, he leaves an honest account of soldiers at war and a unique glimpse into the makeup of the Russian soldier."
~~~ OUT OF PRINT.

$29.95



click to enlarge British General Staff, HANDBOOK OF THE RUSSIAN ARMY, 1940. NEW copy. Hardcover, issued without dust jacket. (Nashville, Battery Press). 432 pages.
~~~ This is a compilation from three separate very rare handbooks on the Russian Army. The first section is "NOTES ON THE RED ARMY 1940", covers the history of the Red Army since WW 1, then chapters on Russian military geography, manpower, organization & strength of various Russian formations, administration, commands & staff, plus detailed reviews of each type of formation ( Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Engineer, Chemical, Signal, and Police/Internal Security ). There is also a chapter on uniforms, badges of rank and orders & decorations. The 2nd & 3rd sections are updates necessitated by the German invasion of 1941, NEW NOTES ON THE RED ARMY, TACTICS & ORGANIZATION, and NEW NOTES ON THE RED ARMY, UNIFORMS & INSIGNIA. 1998, This covers the Red Army for the early Russo-Finnish War of 1939-40, the seizure of the Baltic States in 1940 and the first two years of the Russo-German War.

$24.95


click to enlarge Glantz, David M. AFTER STALINGRAD: The Red Army's Winter Offensive, 1942-1943 . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Helion & Company, 2009). Over 100 operational maps. 496 pages.
~~~ In the wake of the Red Army's signal victory at Stalingrad, which began when its surprise counteroffensive encircled German Sixth Army in Stalingrad region in mid-November 1942 and ended when its forces Liquidated beleaguered Sixth Army in early February 1943, the Soviet High Command (Stavka) expanded its counteroffensive into a full-fledged winter offensive which nearly collapsed German defenses in southern Russia. History has recorded the many dramatic triumphs the Red Army achieved during the initial phases of this winter offensive, culminating with its rapid advance deep into the Donbas and Khar'kov regions in February 1943.
~~~ It has also described the subsequent feats of German Field Marshall Erich von Manstein, who, tasked by his führer, Adolph Hitler, to restore German fortunes in southern Russia, skillfully orchestrated a counterstroke of his own that indeed restored stability to Germany's defenses in the East and paved the way for the climactic battle of Kursk July 1943.
~~~ As is so often the case, however, history has misled its audience for several cogent reason on the one hand, the Soviet Union and its historians, anxious to conceal the ambitiousness of its offensive and at the same time, preserve the reputations of the Red Army and senior commanders, willfully avoided describing the offensive's true scope and the man failures and shortcomings the Red Army experienced during its conduct. On the other hand, German and other Western historians, frequently basing their accounts on inaccurate Soviet sources, focused only on the most dramatic aspects of the offensive, ignoring much of their adversary's actions and, not coincidentally, missing his intent.
~~~ This volume, and the series that provides it context, restores the lost and concealed to the historical record. Exploiting newly-released Russian archival materials, it reveals unbounded ambitions that shaped the Stavka's winter offensive and the full scope and scale of the Red Arm's many offensive operations. For example, it reflects on recently rediscovered Operation Mars, Marshal Zhukov's companion-piece to the more famous Operation Uranus at Stalingrad. It then reexamines the Red Army's dramatic offensive into the Donbas and Khar'kov region during February, clearly demonstrating offensive was indeed conducted by three rather than two Red Army fronts. Likewise, it describes how the Stavka expanded the scale of its offensive in mid-February 1943 ordering major strategic efforts, hitherto ignored, by multiple Red Army frontsalone Western (Orel-Smolensk) axis and, in Zhukov's forgotten operation Polar Star, the Northwestern (Demiansk- Leningrad) axis as well.
~~~ Finally, by restoring the full scope of these failed or partially failed Red Army offensives to history, this volume also reassesses the impact of Manstein's dramatic counterstrokes in the Donbas and Khar'kov regions, concluding that their impact was equivalent to of a full-fledged strategic counteroffensive.

Formerly in print at $49.95, now OUT OF PRINT.

$50.00


click to enlarge Grossman, Vasily, (edited and translated by Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova), A WRITER AT WAR: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army, 1941-1945. NEW copy, hardcoover with dust jacket. (NY: Pantheon Books, 2005). Maps, photographs, bibliography, notes, index, 378 pages.
~~~ CONTENTS: Introduction; Translators' Note; Glossary;
~~ PART ONE ~ THE SHOCK OF INVASION, 1941: 1. Baptism of Fire August 1941; 2. The Terrible Retreat August to September 1941; 3. On the Bryansk Front September 1941; 4. With the 50th Army September 1941; 5. Back into the Ukraine September 1941; 6. The German Capture of Orel October 1941; 7. The Withdrawl before Moscow October 1941.
~~ PART TWO ~ THE YEAR OF STALINGRAD, 1942: 8. In the South January 1942; 9. The Air War in the South January 1942; 10. On the Donets with the Black Division January and February 1942; 11. With the Khasin Tank Brigade February 1942; 12. ‘The Ruthless Truth of War’ March 1942 to July 1942; 13. The Road to Stalingrad August 1942; 14. The September Battles; 15. The Stalingrad Academy Autumn 1942; 16. The October Battles; 17. The Tide Turned November 1942.
~~~ PART THREE ~ RECOVERING THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES, 1943: 18. After the Battle January 1943; 19. Winning Back the Motherland, The Early Spring of 1943; 20. The Battle of Kursk July 1943.
~~~ PART FOUR ~ FROM THE DNEPR TO THE VISTULA, 1944: 21. The Killing Ground of Berdichev January 1944; 22. Across the Ukraine to Odessa March & April 1944; 23. Operation Bagration June & July 1944; 24. Treblinka July 1944.
~~~ PART FIVE: AMID THE RUINS OF THE NAZI WORLD: 25. Warsaw and Lódz January 1945; 26. Into the Lair of the Fascist Beast January 1945; 27. The Battle for Berlin April & May 1945.
~~~ Afterword; The Lies of Victory; Acknowledgements; Bibliography; Source Notes; Index.
~~~ MAPS: Gomel and the Central Front, August 1941; In the Donbass, January to March 1942; Stalingrad, Autumn and Winter 1942; The Battle of Kursk, July 1943;

From The New York Times: "Much of the material that filled Grossman's notebooks never made it into print, because it was either politically sensitive or, in the view of the censors, too disturbing for Soviet citizens to read. In A Writer at War, the British historian Antony Beevor and his research assistant, Luba Vingradova, have mined this rich seam of gold, translating and editing generous excerpts from the notebooks (made available by Grossman's descendants) and stitching together a coherent narrative from Grossman's completed articles, his letters and the memoirs of contemporaries, notably his editor at Krasnaya Zvezda. The result is a first-rate volume of war reporting that belongs with the best work of writers like Ernie Pyle, A. J. Liebling and John Hersey."
~~~ From Publishers Weekly: "Soviet author Grossman volunteered for the army when the Germans invaded in 1941 and spent more than three years as a special correspondent at the front for the army newspaper Red Star. His wartime writing established him as a major 'voice' of war-a status resembling in many ways that of Ernie Pyle in America. This volume, a perfect complement to the panoramic vision of Ivan's War, collects excerpts from Grossman's notebooks and published dispatches, few of them longer than a couple of paragraphs. And while the dispatches usually describe scenes fitting with Soviet orthodoxy, Grossman's notebooks also record the bloody-mindedness, the despair and the disaffection that permeated Soviet ranks as the Red Army paid its dues of learning how to fight a modern war. That material, of course, was not published at the time. Grossman was a perceptive observer with an eye for essential detail. His vignettes of the fighting at Kursk and the battles that brought the Red Army into Berlin are models of combat reporting, and the elegiac realism of his description of Treblinka merits wide anthologizing in Holocaust literature. This volume stands among the finest eyewitness accounts of Soviet Russia's war on the Eastern Front."

Hardcover originally published at $27.50, now OUT OF PRINT.

$30.00



click to enlarge Jukes, Geoffrey. STALINGRAD TO KURSK: Triumph of the Red Army. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen and Sword, 2011). 6x9, 40 illustrations, 256 pages.
~~~ The epic battles fought at Stalingrad and Kursk were pivotal events in the war on the Eastern Front. After the catastrophic failure of the German offensives of 1942 and 1943, the Wehrmacht was forced onto the defensive. Never again would it regain the initiative against the seemingly inexhaustible forces of the Red Army. But how did this decisive shift in the balance of military power on the Eastern Front come about? This question has intrigued historians ever since.
~~~ In this original and thought-provoking new study Geoffrey Jukes reconstructs Soviet strategy and operations at Stalingrad and Kursk in vivid detail. He looks behind the scenes at the workings of the Soviet high command, at the roles played by the principal Red Army generals, and at the overriding influence of Stalin himself. There is an equally acute insight into German war aims and military planning as Hitler's armies geared themselves up to launch a sequence of massive offensives that would have a decisive impact on the outcome of the war.
~~~ This authoritative and highly readable reassessment of the turning point in the war on the Eastern Front is a major contribution to the debate about the reasons for the military defeat of Nazi Germany.

$32.95




click to enlarge Kobylyanskly, Isaak and Stuart Britton. RUSSIAN WORLD WAR II DICTIONARY: A Russian-English Glossary of Special Terms, Expressions and Soldiers' Slang. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Helion and Company, 2011). 6x9, 48 pages.
~~~ The Great Patriotic War (GPW) of the Soviet people against Nazi Germany, known in the West as the Eastern Front of WWII, continues to attract a number of military historians from different countries around the world. The frontline veterans' reminiscences occupy a prominent place among most important documents of that time. In contrast to official documents, these recollections reproduce the so-called truth of the foxholes, the genuine spirit of the war.
~~~ Along with their honesty, the WWII veterans' memories are full of idiomatic expressions, specialized terms and abbreviations peculiar to that war. Regardless of their language, the memoirs reproduce the wartime vocabulary of the authors' nationalities, and reading them can be a difficult task for uninformed readers. As a consequence, special dictionaries appeared in print and later on Internet web sites. Unlike most of the Allied countries, no war jargon/slang dictionary has been published in Russia. This glossary is intended to begin to fill that gap.
~~~ Several sources of the Red Army serviceman's slang were peculiar to the Soviet experience. The upheaval of the 1917 October Revolution and following Civil War, and the fundamental changes wrought by the political and social reforms and campaigns in the 1920s-1930s affected the Russian vocabulary substantially. The fact that the overwhelming majority of Red Army soldiers and officers came from rural households, and brought their local idioms and expressions into the trenches, also enriched the war vocabulary.
~~~ Another set of figurative expressions arose as a result of Stalin's terrible purges of the 1930s, when people created euphemisms to avoid saying words like search, arrest and execution. Such expressions came into general circulation and also contributed to Russian wartime slang. Some words also appeared under the harsh conditions of the USSR far rear, where civilians struggled under conditions of hard labor and malnutrition. Lend-lease items entered the soldiers' parlance, often in the form of nicknames. Finally, any army has its traditions and slogans, many of which were revived in the Red Army during WW II. All of the aforementioned sources and others contributed to the Russian wartime vocabulary.
~~~ The authors began this glossary as a translators' aid, but now they believe it will also be of interest to military historians and linguists who work with original Russian military sources, especially of the Second World War period.

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click to enlarge Kobylyanskiy, Isaak, (edited by Stuart Britton). FROM STALINGRAD TO PILLAU: A Red Army Artillery Officer Remembers the Great Patriotic War. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2008). Photographs, appendix, notes, index, 310 pages.
~~~ Strange sounds resembling the remote rumble of distant thunder were audible. Everybody understood: it was the echo of the battle for Stalingrad. . . . A heavy rain began falling.
~~~ Stalingrad's outskirts provided Isaak Kobylyanskiy, a 19-year-old Jew from Ukraine, with his first exposure to combat and initiated his long odyssey in the Great Patriotic War against Germany. It would be more than three years before he was finally reunited with his family and his sweetheart, Vera, the schoolmate he had promised to marry.
~~~ Kobylyanskiy started the war as a 76-mm infantry support gun crew commander for the 300th Rifle Division (and its later incarnations) and celebrated V-E Day as a battery commander. His combat journey was a long process of exhausting marches punctuated by harrowing moments of intense combat. From the liberation of Sevastopol, through Lithuania's countryside, to the final storming of Königsberg's heavy fortifications, Kobylyanskiy's memoir sweeps across the great expanses of the Eastern Front. His narrative is packed with dramatic details and insights into the daily life of the Soviet army: the relentless marches to locate and engage the enemy, the prejudicial treatment of female soldiers, and the plight of Soviet civilians.
~~~ Kobylyanskiy also discusses the role of military political officers (and his own conflicted views on communism), clarifies the place of Jews in the Red Army and discusses how his reaction to anti-Semitic utterances added a sense of responsibility to his fighting, and frames his account with personal glimpses into the stifling repression of Stalinist society, including the brutal collectivization program and resulting famine in Ukraine. Buthe balances such memories with warm recollections of some of his comrades and especially with an affecting portrait of his courtship of Vera, and concludes with an emotional coda: their wedding ceremony in a war-ravaged but recovering Kiev.
~~~ By turns vivid, reflective, intense, and entertaining, Kobylyanskiy's narrative charts one warrior's epic journey and joins a select group of memoirs that deepen our understanding of what it was like for Russian soldiers on the Eastern Front.
~~~ This book is part of the Modern War Studies series.

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click to enlarge Loza, Dmitriy, and James F. Gebhardt (Editor), FIGHTING FOR THE SOVIET MOTHERLAND: Recollections from the Eastern Front. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (University of Nebraska Press, 1998). 288 pages.
~~~ "The collapse of the Soviet Union has opened the history of the Red Army to the West, providing a more complex picture of World War II than was previously available. Details of the struggle between the Soviet forces and the Axis powers can now be seen through the efforts of veterans such as Colonel Dmitriy Loza. Loza draws on his own experiences and those of acquaintances to illustrate particular problems, combat situations, and the functioning of the Soviet army in its struggle with the German and Japanese armies."

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click to enlarge Merridale, Catherine, IVAN'S WAR: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: Henry Holt & Co, 2006. 480 pages.
~~~ Of the thirty million who fought, eight million died, driven forward in suicidal charges, shattered by German shells and tanks. They were the men and women of the Red Army, a ragtag mass of soldiers who 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 hoe 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, Catherine Merridale presents the first comprehensive history of the Red Army rank and file. She follows the soldiers from the shock of the German invasion to their costly triumph in Stalingrad, where life expectancy was often a mere twenty-four hours. Through the soldiers' eyes, we witness their victorious arrival in Berlin, where their rage and suffering exact an awful toll, and accompany them as they return home full of hope, only to be denied the new life they had been fighting to secure. ~~~ A tour de force of original research and a gripping history, Ivan's War reveals the singular mixture of courage, patriotism, anger, and fear that made it possible for these underfed, badly led troops to defeat the Nazi army. In the process Merridale restores to history the invisible millions who sacrificed the most to win the war.
~~ From Kirkus Reviews: Glorified by Soviet myth-makers as simple, heroic "Ivan," the common soldier in the Red Army in fact grappled with despair and his own government as well as the Nazis. Merridale (Night of Stone, 2001) has rescued this legendary generation of Soviet soldiers from history's black hole-a remarkable achievement, given government censorship and citizens' desire to forget the horrors of WWII combat and civilian atrocities. Ivan and Ivana (women served on the Eastern Front, too) matched America's "greatest generation" in hardships endured and sacrifices made. The Soviet army began the war under significant disadvantages. It was virtually devoid of commanders (purged by Stalin), its rank-and-file were untrained and it was caught completely off-guard by the Nazis' "Operation Barbarossa" in June 1941. Merridale carefully traces the successive responses of soldiers reeling from overwhelming blows: initial "tank panic" in the face of Nazi might, desertions, the grim realization that they faced a war of annihilation and growing self-confidence. Newly opened archives; recently discovered secret diaries and letters; and interviews with more than 200 veterans enable Merridale to narrate in gripping detail the epic tank battle of Kursk, the siege of Stalingrad and the unexpectedly bloody final drive to Berlin. She poignantly tallies the scars left on the Soviet soul by the carnage. The Red Army suffered eight million deaths, its losses exceeding the German army's by more than three to one. Revolted by the damage the Nazis inflicted on their families and communities, chafing under political operatives in their midst, Soviet soldiers engaged in their own orgies of looting and rape as they pushed into Germany. In other ways, however, the ordinary soldier was positively transformed by the war. Merridale notes that Ivan grew more sophisticated through contact with foreigners and more hopeful that peace and brotherhood would result from the Soviets' sufferings. Revealing history that renders the struggles on the Eastern Front in telling detail and with searching moral scrutiny.

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click to enlarge Sinclair II, James C McComb and Douglas A. Drabik, WORLD WAR II PARADE UNIFORMS OF THE SOVIET UNION. NEW copy, hardcover. (Lancaster, PA: Schiffer Publishing). 8.5x11. Over 360 b&w and color photographs. 272 pages.
~~~ New for World War II Soviet collectors, this volume of Marshals', Generals' and Admirals' parade uniforms is the first comprehensive book on the subject. With hundreds of beautiful, large format full-color photographs, detailed close-ups of uniforms, and an archive of vintage photographs, this book will take you on a visual journey through the development of the Soviet World War II flag rank parade uniform. Many extremely rare and never before seen examples of named Marshals', Generals' and Admirals' uniforms, including many different branch variants, are shown in their full glory. A must for the serious World War II collector and a welcomed addition to any library, this book offers a stunning visual glimpse of some of the most beautiful uniforms of the Great Patriotic War.

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click to enlarge Webster, David & Chris Nelson, UNIFORMS OF THE SOVIET UNION 1918-1945. NEW copy, hardcover. (Lancaster, PA: Schiffer Publishing). 9x12. Over 500 b&w and color photographs. 288 pages.
~~~ For the first time a photographic study of the Soviet uniforms from the Revolution, Civil War, Purges, and the Great Patriotic War. Hundreds of full color highly detailed photographs of actual uniforms are combined with period black and white photographs. Actual uniforms of Marshals of the Soviet Union, to private soldiers of all services are to be found in this extensive volume.

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click to enlarge Rogers, Stanley, Lloyd Clark, Duncan Anderson, Stephen Walsh , EASTERN FRONT: From Barbarossa, Stalingrad, Kursk, Berlin. Hardcover with dust jacket, VG/VG. Motorbooks, 2001. 256pp. Part of the Campaigns of World War II Series. "The illustrated history of Germany's Eastern European campaign documents a four-year struggle of epic proportions, beginning with Operation Barbarossa- Germany's surprise attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941-and ending with the fall of Berlin in 1945. A year-by-year history, along with archival photography and color maps and drawings, dissect SS tactics along the 2,000-mile front, while illustrating the strategies and comparing German weaponry and equipment with that of the Red Army. Major events like the siege of Leningrad, the trek to Moscow in the dead of winter, the Soviet push to Berlin, and more are all examined in detail, as are leading figures in the campaign. An essential and complete look at the eastern half of Nazi Germany's flawed two-front strategy".

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click to enlarge Schneider, Russ, SIEGE: A Novel of the Eastern Front, 1942. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Garden City: Military Book Club, 2003). First Edition. 420 pages.
~~~ In Siege: A Novel of the Eastern Front, 1942, author Russ Schneider takes us to the immediate scene of two Russian towns, Cholm and Velikiye Luki, the last holdouts for a small garrison of Germans surrounded by the vast Red Army during World War II. In Cholm, under the command of General Scherer, the garrison lasted 105 days against a besieging Russian force that outnumbered it ten to one. The Russians had tanks and artillery, while the Germans had neither, and most of the battle was fought in Arctic conditions in the winter of 1941–42. Unprepared for the savage climate, the German army at Cholm and elsewhere was nearly destroyed. The struggle for this obscure town was an epic story ranking with any of history’s more well-known accounts of desperate military stands. ~~~ Six months later, nearby Velikiye Luki was surrounded with Scherer again in overall command. This time, however, Scherer and part of his force were outside the city; he spent the next two months trying to break through to the remainder of his men trapped inside Velikiye Luki, only to be turned back time and again. In the end he was only able to listen helplessly to radio reports from the doomed men as they were gradually wiped out in a battle even more violent than the one at Cholm. ~~~ The Russo-German War has long had a peculiar fascination for students of military and world history, and the battles that form the basis of Siege have an intense dramatic quality. With his expert knowledge of the war on the Eastern Front, Russ Schneider conveys as very few other writers can the scale of combat that had no precedent in savagery and cruelty in this compelling and riveting account of the men of this fated garrison who could only hope to live to tell it themselves.

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click to enlarge Simons, Paullina, THE BRONZE HORSEMAN. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: Harper Collins, 2002). FICTION.
~~~ In a sweeping narrative reminiscent of the epic classic Dr. Zhivago comes a love story that takes place in war-torn Russia during World War II. Named for a statue in Red Square, The Bronze Horseman is a perfect blend of romance, suspense, and intrigue, guaranteed to transport readers to another place and time. The Metanov family, including sisters Tatiana and Dasha, are already eking out a meager existence in recession-stricken Leningrad, when their lives are further disrupted by the forces of war. To Tatiana the fighting brings great fear, but also the man of her dreams -- an officer in the Red Army named Alexander. But these two lovers are as star-crossed as Russia herself, their destinies forged by secrecy, tragedy, and a set of circumstances that makes their shared love a force they can neither deny nor embrace.

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click to enlarge Beevor, Antony, STALINGRAD: The Fateful Siege, 1942-1943. Viking, 1998. NEW copy. First American Edition. Hardcover with dust jacket. Photographs, notes, bibliography, index. 494 pages.
~~~ Drawn from sources never before seen by Western scholars, this compelling narrative chronicles the harrowing siege that was the psychological turning point of World War II. On August 23, 1942, Hitler's 16th Panzer Division halted on the banks of the Volga. To their right, the city of Stalingrad blazed from the first of General von Richthofen's air raids, which ultimately killed 40,000 civilians. Many German soldiers thought the war against Russia was won. But in Stalin's namesake city on the Volga, Hitler had chosen the wrong target. The battle of Stalingrad would be the most pitiless, and perhaps the most important, battle in history. When the fighting was over, the world would begin to believe for the first time that Hitler could be defeated.
~~~ The story of Stalingrad is extraordinary in every way. Hitler had told General Paulus that with his Sixth Army, the most powerful in the Wehrmacht, he could 'storm the heavens.' But then, in a sudden encirclement, over a quarter of a million of Paulus's men were trapped. Far from home, the attackers were subjected to a terrible siege in a cruel Russian winter as Goering's boasts that the Luftwaffe could maintain supplies proved empty. Hitler, unable to face the truth of his own disaster, refused his starved and frozen army permission to surrender. Goebbels ordered that their last letters home be destroyed.
~~~ The story has never been told as Antony Beevor tells it here. He writes of the great Manichaean clash between Stalin and Hitler, and the strategic brilliance and fatal flaws of their generals. Yet his Stalingrad is primarily the story of the man on the ground, the first to convey the true experience of ordinary Russian and German soldiers, caught up in the first major modern battle in a city, which had become a killing zone of ruins. His extraordinary research allows him to re-create the compelling human drama of the fateful siege.
~~~ Beevor has gained access to primary sources never used before, including reports on desertions and executions from the archives of the Russian ministry of defense, captured German documents, transcripts of prisoner interrogations, private letters and diaries from soldiers on both sides, medical reports, and interviews with key witnesses and participants. These materials and Beevor's compelling narrative style create a terrifying montage of catastrophe and hardship, an apocalyptic vision of the first battle of truly modern warfare.

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click to enlarge Erickson, John, THE ROAD TO STALINGRAD. NF/NF. Hardcover with dust jacket. Jacket in mylar protector. (NY: Harper & Row, 1975). First American Edition. Photographs, maps, bibliography, index, 594 pages. A thick, heavy book. Nice collector's-grade copy of the first edition.
~~~ In fascinating detail, The Road to Stalingrad takes us from the inept command structures and strategic delusions of the pre-invasion Soviet Union through Russia's humiliation as her armies fell back on all fronts, until the tide turned at last in Stalingrad. The assessment of the generals and political leaders, as well as of the wranglings within both the Allied and Axis commands, is completely unsparing. The climactic battle, so vividly described here, leaves the Red Army poised for the long fight towards Berlin.

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click to enlarge Hoyt, Edwin P., THE BATTLE FOR STALINGRAD: 199 Days. NEW copy. Trade paperback. Remainder mark on bottom of book. (NY: Forge, 1999). Photographs, maps, bibliography, index, 304 pages.
~~~ In 199 Days, acclaimed historian Edwin P. Hoyt depicts the epic battle for Stalingrad in all its electrifying excitement and savage horror. More than the bloodiest skirmish in history-a momentous conflict costing three million lives-the siege was a hinge upon which the course of history rested. Had the Red Army fallen, the Nazi juggernaut would have rolled over Russia. Had the German's not held out during those last few months, Stalin would have painted Europe red. Now, over 50 years after the most extraordinary battle of the second millenium, the truth about this decisive moment is finally revealed.

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click to enlarge Jones, Michael K., STALINGRAD: How the Red Army Survived the German Onslaught. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Philadelphia: Casement Publishers, 2007). Photographs, illustrations, maps & documents, timeline, notes, bibliography, index, 270 pages.
~~~ This new history of Stalingrad offers a radical reinterpretation of the most crucial battle in World War II. Focusing on the first half of this epic clash, it reveals new information on how nearly the Germans succeeded, and the incredible courage of the Soviet fighters who held on.
~~~ Red Army chief of staff Vasilevsky called August 23, 1942, when the Germans reached the Volga, "an unforgettably tragic day." The Russians had never been able to stop a good-weather German offensive, and it appeared that Stalin's namesake city would be lost. Indeed, Soviet armies on all sides were falling back before Hitler's summer offensive, and only one, the 62nd Army, was assigned to hold out in the city to defy the Wehrmacht. Who could have guessed that this sole force, surrounded on three sides, the river at its back, hiding out in ruins, would create such a bleeding sore that the Wehrmacht was never to recover?
~~~ Combining eyewitness testimony of Red Army fighters with fresh archive material, this book gives dramatic insight into the thinking of Soviet commanders and the desperate mood of ordinary soldiers. Col-General Anatoly Mereshko, a staff officer to 62nd Army commander Chuikov, worked closely with the author and provided testimony that is entirely new. His accounts of the battle are supported by other key veterans and recently released war diaries and combat journals.
~~~ For three months in Fall 1942 the Germans held a preponderance of force in Stalingrad as they tried to root out the diehards of 62nd Army. The latter force was nearly annihilated on several occasions, as guns from across the river failed to stem the German attacks and the Luftwaffe plunged into the chaos, bombing at will. TheRussians could only respond by going underground, in caves near the river and in the labrynthine ruins of the city itself. Yet, as the rest of the Motherland held its breath, the small, surrounded force-motivated by inspirational leadership as well as a grave sense of the battle's vital importance-continued to deny the Nazis a victory.
~~~ As we now know, Stalin was not idle while the courageous remnants of 62nd Army continued to defend his city. On November 19 and 21, new Soviet armies in overwhelming strength counterattacked across the Volga, turning the tables on the Germans to begin one of the most pitiful sagas in Western history.
~~~ The more famous siege of the Germans, concluding on February 2, 1943, has dominated the literature of Stalingrad. This book reminds us that the greater time-line of the battle consisted of the Russians besieged, and just barely holding on.

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click to enlarge Wieder, Joachim, Heinrich Graf Von Einsiedel, Helmut Bogler (Translator), Henrich G. Von Einsiedel, Heinrich Graf Von Einsiedel (Contributor), STALINGRAD: Memories and Reassessments. Arms & Armour; (March 1996) Hardcover with dust jacket. NF/NF. Not a book club edition. Originally written over 30 years ago by a historian who was also a participant, this analysis of the Nazis' ill-fated attempt to take Stalingrad now features revisions by the author. Much more than a routine account of a battle, Stalingrad presents a stunning review of the motivations, misplaced principles, and misguided claims that led to what is considered Hitler's deadliest misstep".

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click to enlarge Stites, Richard, CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT IN WARTIME RUSSIA. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Bloomington: University of Indiana Press). 256 pages.
~~~ World War II (The Great Patriotic War) had a pronounced cultural and emotional impact on the Russian people. The subjects of these essays range from the Moscow press to frontline correspondents, from entertainment brigades to amateur songs by fighting men and women, from symphonic compositions to revivals of literary classics, and from Moscow stages to folk ensembles on the battlefield—the cultural outpourings in the hearts and souls of ordinary Russians at war.

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click to enlarge Taylor, Brian, BARBAROSSA TO BERLIN, A CHRONOLOGY OF THE CAMPAIGNS ON THE EASTERN FRONT, 1941 TO 1945: Volume One, The Long Drive East, 22 June 1941 to 18 November 1942. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Staplehurst, Kent: Spellmount Limited, 2003). First Edition. Maps, photographs, bibliography, index, 326 pages. 256 pages.
~~~ A chronological account of the campaigns on the Eastern Front, following the German advance from the Soviet frontier to the Red Army's bitter defense of Stalingrad -- The massive concentration of German forces in Eastern Europe during the spring of 1941 precipitated the onset of the largest land conflict the world had ever seen and detailed German and Soviet orders of battle and comparative strengths in both troops and equipment sets the scene. -- The German advance from the frontier heralded their long drive east, and left in its wake a shattered and demoralized Red Army and the spectacular German battles of encirclement and the dogged resistance of the Soviet armies as they retreated are fully recounted. -- From the depths of despair, a determined Soviet leadership began the long process of rebuilding its armed forces. -- At the very edge of defeat before their capital and into the bloodbath along the banks of the Volga, the Soviet commanders carefully assembled their operational reserves in order to inflict a crippling counter-strike. -- This day-by-day account allows the reader to obtain an understanding of the scale of the conflict and assess the impact of distance and time upon operations or alternatively, to concentrate upon a specific battle as it unfolded. -- By each detailed combat sector, be it the encirclement battles in the north or sweeping advances in the south, the reader is able to study a chosen area of operations in isolation while also assessing its impact upon the wider campaign.

Currently in print at $39.95.

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click to enlarge Taylor, Brian, BARBAROSSA TO BERLIN, A CHRONOLOGY OF THE CAMPAIGNS ON THE EASTERN FRONT, 1941 TO 1945: Volume Two, The Defeat of Germany, 19 November 1942 to 15 May 1945. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Staplehurst, Kent: Spellmount Limited, 2004). First Edition. Maps, photographs, bibliography, index, 341 pages. 256 pages.
~~~ The second of two volumes, this is a chronological account of the campaigns on the Eastern Front, following the Soviet counteroffensive around Stalingrad to the final destruction of the Ostheer. Having carefully mustered their forces for a counteroffensive around Stalingrad, the commanders of the Red Army began the long process of besting the German Army and pushing it out of the Soviet Union. The last largescale German offensive in the east, Kursk, broke the back of the revitalized Panzerwaffe and placed the Ostheer on the defensive for the remainder of the conflict. Unrelenting pressure pushed the Ostheer back to the Dniepr and beyond and paved the way for the overwhelming Soviet victories of 1944 and 1945. In the last 18 months of the war the Red Army demonstrated a complete mastery of the application of force and the crushing victories in Belorussia, the Balkans and Poland destroyed the cohesion of the Ostheer and proved beyond any doubt that Germany was destined for total defeat. This daybyday account allows the reader to obtain an understanding of the scale of the conflict and assess the impact of distance and time upon operations or alternatively, to concentrate upon a specific battle as it unfolded. By detailing each combat sector, be it the hard fighting around Leningrad, the destruction of Army Group Centre in Belorussia or the battles of attrition at Kursk, the reader is able to study a chosen area of operations in isolation while also assessing its impact upon the wider campaign

Currently in print at $39.95.

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click to enlarge Trotter, William R., WINTER FIRE: A Novel of Music and War. NF. Trade PAPERBACK in new condition except for red remainder mark on bottom edge of book. (NY: Carroll & Graf, 1993). 486 pages.
~~~ From Kirkus Reviews: "A passionate tale of deep, mysterious Finland forests and complex moods in the music of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, ably set in the fire and ice of WW II by historian/first-novelist Trotter (A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-40). Erich Ziegler, a promising young conductor whose career is interrupted by the Nazification of Germany's musical culture, first experiences the war on the frozen tundra near Murmansk. Rescued by his classical background from the front lines, he's drafted into military intelligence and sent to ferret out information from Finnish troops in the guise of a Wehrmacht liaison officer, but a chance sighting of Sibelius en route to his post quickly leads to friendship with the aging recluse. As a member of the composer's inner circle, Erich falls in love with a beautiful, enigmatic woman who is Sibelius's servant but whose forest ties have given her unusual abilities. The couple's relationship is interrupted when Erich allows pride to cloud his judgment during a command orchestra performance for Hitler, committing an act of defiance that lands him on the Russian front. There, he suffers severe shock from the battle conditions and is hospitalized, eventually returning to Finland at Sibelius's request. Although frustrated by the composer's refusal to acknowledge the existence of his long-awaited Eighth Symphony, Erich still prospers as his protoge, and after barely surviving the all-out Soviet assault on Finnish positions, he returns to the maestro's retreat to be given a solo performance of the work by the composer himself. But brutalized by the war and convinced that the score is about to be destroyed, he betrays both hishost and the love of his forest maiden, running away to meet a tragic fate. Excessively melodramatic on occasion, but still a stunning evocation of Finnish landscapes, myth, and music, while the desperate conditions under which war was waged in northern Europe are brought savagely to life."

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click to enlarge Warfield, Hania and Gaither, CALL US TO WITNESS: A Polish Chronicle. VG/Poor. (NY: Ziff Davis Publishing Co., 1945). First Edition. INSCRIBED & DATED BY BOTH AUTHORS. (Mrs. Alice L. Thomas, With best regards, Gaither P. Warfield, Hania Warfield, Rockville, Md, 1950). Jacket, protected by mylar, is in poor condition, with some pieces missing. Book is generally tight and clean, though with some tape marks on rear end pages. 434 pages.
~~~ "With poignancy and deep emotion, an American clergyman and his Polish-born wife, who were caught in the maw of war in Poland, give their account of everyday living under the German conquerors. As they became victims of Nazi brutality, their world of peace fell away precipitously. Overnight, life was pervaded with destruction and horror. Everybody suffered. And everybody resisted the Germans. ~~~ Dr. Warfield carried on his work as best he could between prison terms. Whether in or out of prison he jeopardized his life to aid both Jews and gentiles. He fled before the Germans with the population of Warsaw and was machine-gunned on roads and in cattle cars. He was caught by the Russians in their invasion of eastern Poland and was carried by truck into the Soviet Union, where he was imprisoned. He was exchanged by the Russians to the Germans while they were yet allies. Weakened by cold and hunger, he was released by the Germans because he had become too weak to work. On the declaration of war by Germany against the United States, he was interned by the Gestapo, on orders from Berlin, in Pawiak prison in the Warsaw ghetto. ~~~ For three years the Warfields -- along with the Poles and Jews (this distinction was made by the Germans) -- suffered hunger, cold, humiliation, and abuse. They were witnesses of death by firing squads, by starvation, by freezing; witnesses of looting and hundred-fold reprisals. They devoted themselves to helping the men and women who came to them bloody and hungry and dazed. They kept right on doing the almost impossible until their return to America as exchange prisoners on the Swedish S.S. Drottninghold. ~~~ Because Dr. Warfield was head of the American Colony in Warsaw as well as head of the Methodist Church, and because his Polish wife was an accomplished linguist, these two had unparalleled vantage points from which to view the whole whirlpool of tragic events in Poland. After he was interned, Mrs. Warfield mediated between the Americans and the Gestapo. ~~~ Call Us To Witness leaves the reader with the feeling that there is no limit to human endurance when freedom is the goal. The Warfields' story, told now by oine, now by the other, will stand as a historical document against force and national aggression, against the German oppressor, against any oppressor. It should be read by all who are concerned for justice in the postwar world."


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click to enlarge Wassiljewa, Tatjana, HOSTAGE TO WAR: A True Story. NF. Trade PAPERBACK. (NY: Polaris [Scholastic], 1997). Children's non-fiction. 188 pages.
~~~ Wassiljewa pens an award-winning, first-person account of a Russian girl's World War II hardships. Enduring terrible conditions and near-starvation in workcamps, Wassiljewa survived through liberation, but had more obstacles to overcome before fulfilling her dream to become a teacher. "A harrowing, uplifting story." --Kirkus Reviews.
~~~ From Publishers Weekly: "In 1941, at age 13, the author was taken from her small town near Leningrad and sent to Germany for three years of forced labor. While the writing itself suffers from being squeezed into an artificial diary format... the story relayed here is intrinsically compelling." Ages 8-12.

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click to enlarge Weiner, Amir, MAKING SENSE OF WAR: The Second World War and the Fate of the Bolshevik Revolution. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Princeton University Press, 2002).
~~~ In Making Sense of War, Amir Weiner reconceptualizes the entire historical experience of the Soviet Union from a new perspective, that of World War II. Breaking with the conventional interpretation that views World War II as a post-revolutionary addendum, Weiner situates this event at the crux of the development of the Soviet--not just the Stalinist-- system. Through a richly detailed look at Soviet society as a whole, and at one Ukrainian region in particular, the author shows how World War II came to define the ways in which members of the political elite as well as ordinary citizens viewed the world and acted upon their beliefs and ideologies. ~~~ The book explores the creation of the myth of the war against the historiography of modern schemes for social engineering, the Holocaust, ethnic deportations, collaboration, and postwar settlements. For communist true believers, World War II was the purgatory of the revolution, the final cleansing of Soviet society of the remaining elusive "human weeds" who intruded upon socialist harmony, and it brought the polity to the brink of communism. Those ridden with doubts turned to the war as a redemption for past wrongs of the regime, while others hoped it would be the death blow to an evil enterprise. For all, it was the Armageddon of the Bolshevik Revolution. The result of Weiner's inquiry is a bold, compelling new picture of a Soviet Union both reinforced and enfeebled by the experience of total war.

Currently in print at $27.95.

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click to enlarge Ziemke, Earl F., STALINGRAD TO BERLIN: The German Defeat in the East. NF/NF. (NY: Barnes & Noble, 1968). Army Historical Series. Text in double columns; maps and photographs throughout. Page-end notes, appendices, note on sources, glossary, code names, index, 549 pages.
~~~ Encompassing nearly 4 years of continuous combat, the Soviet-German conflict in WWII involved nearly 9 million actively engaged troops across a front that stretched over 3,000 miles in 1942. Despite the loss of nearly two-thirds of its resources through Hitler's blitzkrieg attacks in the first few months of the war, the Soviet Union ultimately proved a deadly opponent. This major study is the definitive account of how the Soviet Union won WWII on the battlefield. Includes 42 specially commissioned maps and over 70 b&w photos.

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