In an old radio program, I think it was "Duffy's Tavern", a character told a fantastic tale. Charlie, one of listeners, would say something like, "Oh come on! That's the craziest thing I ever heard. Do you expect us to believe that?" To which the character, I believe it was Baron Munchausen would reply, "Vas you there, Charlie?" It was a signature line. The audience howled.
Werth was there.
I've been reading a lot about the Eastern front lately. Most books concerning the Eastern front, sooner or later, quote or cite Alexander Werth. Werth was born in St. Petersburg and lived there until he was 16. He spoke fluent Russian. From 1941 to 1948 he reported for the Sunday Times and the BBC.
Other reviewers have compared Russia at War with Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. It's a good comparison -- the books are similar. (Shirer praises the book.)
Perhaps amateur historians in the West, such as myself, are beginning to realize that, to a large extent, against all odds, Russia defeated Nazi Germany. New information from Russian archives may kindle a new interest in an unknown, but fascinating story. Russia at War is a well written, first hand account of what happened on the Eastern front.