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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; Reprint edition (19 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848847718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848847712
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BAM on 5 May 2014
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this was really good reading, cracking along at the pace of the best of german memoirs. Even though its fiction, its written by a Stalingrad veteran, and it reads like a good memoir. So dont be put off by it being a fictional book. If you are interested in the eastern front, you must read this, as there are so few good russian accounts, most soviet era books are just formulaic propaganda. This is a very free telling of the reality of the battle, no soviet glorification.
If you like this, try "South of the main offensive", which is probably the only other realistic fictional WW2 russian account.
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Front-line Stalingrad 21 July 2010
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A very readable account of the epic battle - written as a novel - by a participant on the Soviet side. The novel begins with rear guard duties during the catastrophic retreat through the Great Bend of The Don in summer of 1942. (Although further research by the eminent historian David Glantz would indicate that the irreplaceable losses, of combat veterans, experienced field officers and scarce equipment, inflicted by the retreating Russians on the spearhead units of the Sixth Army were in part a cause of the eventual defeat of that Army in the ruins of Stalingrad.)
Then, after re-assignment to a new Division, with other 'stragglers', and crossing the Volga at night, now as an Engineer (Sapper) our hero is involved in constructing defensive fortifications not far from the Barrikady and Red October factory district (made famous in the film 'Enemy at The Gates' and 'Island of Fire' etc etc etc) Our 'hero' gives a gripping account of trench life (Original Russian title "In The Trenches At Stalingrad") during the life and death struggle on the very banks of the Volga in September 1942.

A pity that this small but engrossing novel ends with the beginning of the Encirclement of the German Sixth Army in the ruins of Stalingrad, which roughly coincided with our hero's return from several months in a rear area hospital recovering from serious wounds. But I guess the author wrote reflecting his actual experiences. If you can find it, and you are interested, even slightly, in the Soviet Experience in WW11 then buy it, AT ANY COST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Well almost any cost - I see a new copy can be had for $US1,599 (including shipping), a little bit 'over the top'.
But now, April 25th 2014 I see that this novel has been released again to mark the 70th anniversary of The Battle -- well done that publisher !!!!
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