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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound scholarship answers why Hitler attacked the USSR
I've always liked Suvorov's books but I must say that Icebreaker is the book that most intrigued me. Suvorov's sound scholarship in this book and its sequels help answer one of the greatest question of WWII, why did Hitler attack the USSR? Without shrinking into Nazi apologism and revisionism, Suvorov pieces together an answer to this question, quite simply, Hitler's...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The truth,half truths and nothing like the truth .
An intresting read on a period that certainly bears closer examination,one suspects that Suvorovs work is only the begining of that process rather than the end,so as much as he presents some intresting evidence to back up some of his theory when none is available he is not averse to presenting supposition or speculation as fact in its stead .
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound scholarship answers why Hitler attacked the USSR, 25 May 1999
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I've always liked Suvorov's books but I must say that Icebreaker is the book that most intrigued me. Suvorov's sound scholarship in this book and its sequels help answer one of the greatest question of WWII, why did Hitler attack the USSR? Without shrinking into Nazi apologism and revisionism, Suvorov pieces together an answer to this question, quite simply, Hitler's attack on the USSR was a preemptive one. Suvorov shows the full power of the Soviet war machine, its amazing offensive capability (BT-7 tanks - designed for warfare in Western Europe, not for defensive warfare, massive paratroop corps - elite units trained only in attack, not in defense, powerful air armadas - designed for devastating preemptive attacks on enemy airfields) and then explains why this juggernaut was destroyed with such ease by the Wehrmacht. Discussing the USSR's preparations for offensive warfare, Suvorov shows that perhaps only a few weeks or days seperated Europe from the a Red Blitzkrieg.
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4.0 out of 5 stars revision of history, 21 Nov 2010
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Bryan Odriscoll "brian boru" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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I read this book when it first came out in the 1980s and was quite impressed. It was a departure from all of Suvorov's other work up to then and caused no little upset among establishment historians. The idea that Hitler might not have been the all encompassing megalomaniac who invaded a Soviet Union that was totally unprepared for war was anathema to them, and Suvorov was attacked, not only by communists and Jews, but also by the big names in history publication in the west. I personally don't believe that Hitler was quite the dupe of Stalin that Suvorov believes nor that the Soviets were so completely superior to the rest of the world in their military technology. However, the author presents an impressive amount of convincing evidence which shows that Stalin was planning to invade Germany in the Summer of 1941 and was just beaten to the punch by Hitler, who had no other option but to strike first or be destroyed. Most of what passes for history, especially the period 1933-45, is propaganda by the victors. The alleged crimes of the defeated are magnified out of all proportion, while the vast and very real crimes of the victors are ignored or minimized. Icebreaker knocks more of the props from under the whole rotten edifice that is the 'history of the Second World War'. For that alone the author is to be commended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Icebreaker, 26 May 2014
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A. Bartha "Boszi" (London) - See all my reviews
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Great book, can recommned to anyone who wants to find out the truth that we do not learn at school in our history lesson!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars republished at last, 25 Feb 2010
This is a new publication of Viktor Suvorov's famous Icebreaker, a book that explains why and by whom the second world war was started. This new edition contains additional chapters and over 20 illustrations.

Viktor Suvorov was trained as a military intelligence officer at a time when Soviet military intelligence was the best in the world (and probably still is). In 1978 Suvorov defected to England, where he wrote several books about Soviet army and intelligence. By all accounts (from friends and enemies alike), Viktor Suvorov possesses an encyclopaedic knowledge of military theory and history, particularly the history of World War II. His knowledge and analytical ability are astounding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The tombstone of academical historiography, 31 Jan 2013
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Misha Shauli (Israel) - See all my reviews
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This is a new translation from Russian of the book first published in English in 1990. Since then, dozens of academic books and hundreds of articles had badmouthed Viktor Suvorov - without even trying to counter his arguments. Slowly but surely, his discovery gains supporters who are not afraid to give a shocking answer to the question printed under the book's title: "Who started the Second World War?".
Suvorov and his followers, like a Russian historian Mark Solonin (alas, not in English), had developed the ideas which were first sounded in "ICEBREAKER" and the answer is now clear and well proven: The USSR had initiated and started that war.
For a Western reader, I recommend another Suvorov's book, updated and expanded: The Chief Culprit.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The truth,half truths and nothing like the truth ., 22 Nov 2010
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S. Corr (Jolly olde England) - See all my reviews
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An intresting read on a period that certainly bears closer examination,one suspects that Suvorovs work is only the begining of that process rather than the end,so as much as he presents some intresting evidence to back up some of his theory when none is available he is not averse to presenting supposition or speculation as fact in its stead .
Soviet plans pre Barbarossa might lend credence to to his pre-emptive theory but they are not evidence in and of themselves,the Royal Navy planned an attack on the Italian fleet at Matapan in 1935 5 years before the sucessful attack that in turn inspired the Japanese strike on Pearl Harbour but that does not mean we were actively preparing for war during the same period of craven appeasement which shamed us so,its what military staffs do for instance the American plan for the Liberation of Europe in WW2 was adapted from a pre existing one that had Great Britain as their foe...in between wars or even during them they plan for the next possible one its their job.
Its hard to prove that deadly weapons or the forces that wield them are innately defensive or offensive in nature,some seemingly offensive weapons or capabilities might only be acquired for their deterrent effect like nuclear weapons are today so its hard to be wholly convinced by Suvorovs claims to the effect that Soviet forces were wholly offensive in nature,what is debatable is their intent or rather that of their leader Stalin which is certainly one worth having and despite my criticism its Something Mr Suvorov should be applauded for starting .
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