The dramatic memoirs of a Russian tank rider on the Eastern Front. The defeat of Germany from the perspective of the Red Army. Bessonov's dramatic and uncompromisingly frank memoir reveals just what it was like to fight on the Eastern Front. There he played a key part in the crucial struggle between the Germans and Allies, and witnessed the shuddering collapse of the Third Reich. The cataclysmic battle of Kursk in 1943 put an end to Hitler's hopes of victory on the Eastern Front: it was Bessonov's first battle. From then on the Germans were forced into a long and painful retreat that ended in the ruins of Berlin in 1945. At the forefront of the drive to expel the Germans from Russia, and to push on to the gates of the Reich's capital, were men like Evgeni Bessonov. A tank rider and officer in an elite Guards unit of the Red Army, Bessonov rode tanks from Kursk, through a western Russia and Poland devastated by the Germans, right into the heart of Nazi Germany. "Tank Rider" is Bessonov's unique memoir, telling of his years of service in the vanguard of the Red Army and daily encounters with the German foe.
In it he brings large-scale battles alive, recounts the sniping and skirmishing, which tried and tested soldiers on both sides, and narrates the tragedy and horror of warfare on the Eastern Front.
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