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Red Road from Stalingrad: Recollections of a Soviet Infantryman [Hardcover]

Mansur Abdulin , Artem Drabkin
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30 Oct 2004
Mansur Abdulin fought in the front ranks of the Soviet infantry against the German invaders at Stalingrad, Kursk and on the banks of the Dnieper. This is his extraordinary story. His vivid inside view of a ruthless war on the Eastern Front gives a rare insight into the reality of the fighting and into the tactics and mentality of the Soviet army. In his own words, and with a remarkable clarity of recall, he describes what combat was like on the ground, face to face with a skilled, deadly and increasingly desperate enemy.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Leo Cooper Ltd; First Edition edition (30 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184415145X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844151455
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,033,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 20 Mar 2006
I'm halfway through this book and I'm seriously considering giving up on it. It has been written in the manner of a grandfather telling the grandkids about what he did in the war, without going in to details or even displaying any coherent time line. Instead it has been broken down into one- or half-page 'anecdotes', for want of a better word, and aneathesised so as to not shock or offend the reader.
Whilst I do not want detailed descriptions of horrific incidents or tragic deaths of comrades, I would appreciate the author's frank and honest take on his experiences. I've read more detailed and gripping Famous Five books than this memoir.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Agree. 24 Feb 2009
I agree with Richard Miles "Stilletto_Rebel". I gave 3 stars because its not that common to find a Soviet book in English, so its worth more than it normally would be, for that reason.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage 12 Sep 2009
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I have read literally hundreds of accounts of the war on the Eastern front and have had many conversations with dozens of veterans who fought in Russia. So I was quite interesting in finding out about the perspective from the Russian side.

Unfortunately, I have every reason to be very disappointed with this "account".

First of all, it seems to have been written before the fall of the Soviet Union and I have been mislead by the date of publication in Great Britain (2004). The copyright was actually obtained in 1988.

This means that it is one of those publications filled with communist / Soviet propaganda to the brim, which can hardly be seen as reliable. And indeed, the Soviet soldiers are the bravest of the brave, whereas the Germans (quite inappropriatly called "Nazis" here - or simply "swine") are the most coward murderers, butchering even their allies, Hungarians and Romanians (which, needless to say, had socialist regimes when the book was written, hence being described as victims of the Germans). The author describes attacks in which the coward defenders have nothing better to do but to shoot each other for desertion, a trademark actually typical of the NKVD forces and the commisars, not so much of Wehrmacht officers. Also, POW camps become concentration camps in which Soviet prisoners are tortured to death by hanging them on hooks by their limbs and so on. A group of "Nazis" stand in a half circle around the soldier, laughing at his attempt to recover a waterproof coat - between the frontlines in Stalingrad - before he finds a box of handgranades which he arms under the eyes of the dull Germans before bombing them and spraying them with a submachinegun, which he found there as well, resulting in the Germans "roaring with something else" (but laughter).
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5.0 out of 5 stars dont agree 1 Jan 2008
An unsual account written from the Red Army perspective. A good personal and detailed account, although it feels like there are some aspects of his experiences that it would have been good to have seen. As always with acccounts written after the war, the reliability must be a little suspect. Well worth the read
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