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Tank Rider: Into the Reich with the Red Army Paperback – 19 Oct 2005

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors (19 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932033483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932033489
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,045,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Stearman on 11 Feb. 2006
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Bessonov is the first to admit he is not a good writer and unfortunately this is not just false modesty. I enjoy history from a personal level, the human experience, and the chance to read about the war from a Russian point of view made me jump at buying this book.
Yeah, it is an account of how it was for a young Russian Officer in the invasion of Germany.. but I didn't really engage with the author and found myself skipping pages, especially when a half a page is spent listing names of Officers who were there at a given time and place, when I know nothing about them and have no cause to care whether they were there or not.
Others may enjoy this more but after reading the prosaic accounts of Guy Sajers 'The forgotten soldier' I just found this book too dry, an honest account I am sure, but it failed to keep me reading.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Feb. 2011
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The Tank Riders were the elite infantry of the Red Army - as shown by their losses. Evgeni Bressenov rode on the tanks from Kursk to Berlin, often on the lead tank. This is a personal memoir of what it was like to fight on the eastern front in Stalin's army. I found it moving. The German memoirs that I read as a young man depicted the Russians as a faceless mass. They were not. They were living real, ordinary, extraordinary people who, by their bravery and steadfastness, crushed the Nazi invaders.
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Five Stars 16 Feb. 2015
By Michael S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book on life in the Red Army.
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