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Operation Barbarossa: Hitler's Invasion of Russia (Images of War)

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    Ian Baxter(Author)

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Hitler s decision to renege on his alliance with Stalin and invade Russia in June 1941 was to have the most far reaching consequences for the world. Indeed, if there was one critical turning point in the Second World War, it would have to be this. The latest book in the Images of War series uses over 300 rare contemporary photographs to capture the scale, intensity and brutality of the fighting that was unleashed on 22 June 194`. No less than 4.5 million men of the Axis Power advanced on a 2,900 kilometer front. We see how the apparently unstoppable German led assaults crushed the Soviet resistance. But not for the first time Russian determination aided by the terrible winter conditions and over extended lines of communication checked the Nazi onslaught. In the annals of warfare there has never arguably been such a bitter and costly campaign.

Ian Baxter, the author of numerous Images of War titles, has cooperated with Hans Seidler to pool their resources. Ian lives hear Chelmsford, Essex..

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  • PDF | 176 pages
  • Ian Baxter(Author)
  • Pen & Sword Military (18 Nov. 2010)
  • English
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  • History

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  • By Robert Widders on 17 November 2010

    Operation Barbarossa is another volume in the Images Of War series. The press release describes this as a 'superb collection of rare and unpublished German photographs'. Some of the photographs certainly are superb, though how rare they are is a matter of conjecture. A little background information about the photographs' provenance would have been helpful, but this is a minor flaw in what is otherwise a very interesting collection.One picture which especially caught my imagination showed a column of Wehrmacht soldiers marching through Russia. There was a loaf of bread tucked into the back of one man's webbing, and a crack in the loaf threatens to deposit it in two halves upon the Russian steppes. It's ridiculous, but I can't help repeatedly looking at the photo and wondering if the bread goes flying or whether the man behind catches the two halves. Maybe you have to have been a soldier to wander off into these daft flights of fancy...Overall it's an illuminating and interesting collection that brings many aspects of Op Barbarossa to life in a way that the written word never can. This is a book I'll hold onto - if only so that I can ponder again on that loaf of bloody bread.(The reviewer, Robert Widders, author of Spitting on a Soldier's Grave: Court Martialed After Death, the Story of the Forgotten Irish and British Soldiers , received a free review copy of this book. Robert Widders did not receive any fee or inducement in return for this review and is not connected to the publishers in any way.)

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