Thomas Titura

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Absolute War: Soviet Russia in the Second World Wa&hellip by Chris Bellamy
79 of 84 people found the following review helpful
This book aims to present the Second World War from the Soviet perspective by using documents from formerly closed Soviet archives and memoirs only recently published in their full length (ie those written by Zhukov and Rokossovsky, respectively).

While the non-Russian reader can only welcome such an attempt, Prof. Bellamy's book suffers from some major shortcomings, one of which is the apparent inability of its author to read German language sources. Some errors (German ambassador von der Schulenburg is misspelled as "Schulenberg" throughout the book) could have been avoided.

But the major shortcomings are in the material presented for the Soviet side. Bellamy avoids… Read more
The Red Army, 1918-1941: From Vanguard of World Re&hellip by Earl F Ziemke
The latest book by Earl Ziemke is a step forward in examining the intentions of Stalin and the role of the Red Army at the outbreak of war with Germany.
Ziemke presents important Soviet war plans from the years 1940 - 1941 in some detail. Especially the now famous "Considerations...." from 15 May 1941, where a pre-emptive strike against German troops in former Poland was advocated, are discussed. This is an important development, because until recently Stalin's plans for a pre-emptive war against Hitler have been downplayed and ignored. But now Ziemke follows Prof. Richard Raack (Stalin's Drive to the West, 1938-45: Origins of the Cold War) and Prof. Albert Weeks (Stalin's Other War… Read more
Russia's Life-Saver: Lend-Lease Aid to the U.S.S.R&hellip by Albert L. Weeks
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The long-time observer and analyst of the Soviet Union, Prof. Weeks, documents an important chapter of US and Soviet history during World War II.
Based on the latest research from Russia, Weeks presents new findings about the vital importance of US aid to the Soviet Union under Dictator Joseph Stalin. Under the Soviet Regime, especially during Stalin's life-time, it was a rule to ignore or at least downplay the significance of any foreign aid to the Soviet victory in World War II. But the facts that Prof. Weeks is able to present to the Western reader demonstrate that the opposite is true. Weeks cites a recent statement by President Putin, who officially acknowledged the vital… Read more