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Icebreaker: Who Started the Second World War [Paperback]

Viktor Suvorov , Alla Roger , Hans-Udo Kurr
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  • Paperback: 447 pages
  • Publisher: PL UK Publishing (1 Nov 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0955274478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955274473
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars revision of history 21 Nov 2010
I read this book when it first came out in the 1980s and was quite impressed. It was a departure from all of Suvorov's other work up to then and caused no little upset among establishment historians. The idea that Hitler might not have been the all encompassing megalomaniac who invaded a Soviet Union that was totally unprepared for war was anathema to them, and Suvorov was attacked, not only by communists and Jews, but also by the big names in history publication in the west. I personally don't believe that Hitler was quite the dupe of Stalin that Suvorov believes nor that the Soviets were so completely superior to the rest of the world in their military technology. However, the author presents an impressive amount of convincing evidence which shows that Stalin was planning to invade Germany in the Summer of 1941 and was just beaten to the punch by Hitler, who had no other option but to strike first or be destroyed. Most of what passes for history, especially the period 1933-45, is propaganda by the victors. The alleged crimes of the defeated are magnified out of all proportion, while the vast and very real crimes of the victors are ignored or minimized. Icebreaker knocks more of the props from under the whole rotten edifice that is the 'history of the Second World War'. For that alone the author is to be commended.
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I've always liked Suvorov's books but I must say that Icebreaker is the book that most intrigued me. Suvorov's sound scholarship in this book and its sequels help answer one of the greatest question of WWII, why did Hitler attack the USSR? Without shrinking into Nazi apologism and revisionism, Suvorov pieces together an answer to this question, quite simply, Hitler's attack on the USSR was a preemptive one. Suvorov shows the full power of the Soviet war machine, its amazing offensive capability (BT-7 tanks - designed for warfare in Western Europe, not for defensive warfare, massive paratroop corps - elite units trained only in attack, not in defense, powerful air armadas - designed for devastating preemptive attacks on enemy airfields) and then explains why this juggernaut was destroyed with such ease by the Wehrmacht. Discussing the USSR's preparations for offensive warfare, Suvorov shows that perhaps only a few weeks or days seperated Europe from the a Red Blitzkrieg.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars republished at last 25 Feb 2010
This is a new publication of Viktor Suvorov's famous Icebreaker, a book that explains why and by whom the second world war was started. This new edition contains additional chapters and over 20 illustrations.

Viktor Suvorov was trained as a military intelligence officer at a time when Soviet military intelligence was the best in the world (and probably still is). In 1978 Suvorov defected to England, where he wrote several books about Soviet army and intelligence. By all accounts (from friends and enemies alike), Viktor Suvorov possesses an encyclopaedic knowledge of military theory and history, particularly the history of World War II. His knowledge and analytical ability are astounding.
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