Thunder in the East: The Nazi-Soviet War 1941-1945 (Modern Wars)

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The battles in Russia played the decisive part in Hitler's defeat. Gigantic, prolonged, and bloody, they contrasted with the general nature of the fighting on other fronts. The Russians fought on their own in "their" theater of war and with an independent strategy. Stalinist Russia was a country radically different from its liberal democratic allies. Hitler and the German high command, for their part, conceived and carried out the Russian campaign as a singular "war of annihilation."

This riveting new book is a penetrating, broad-ranging, yet concise overview of this vast conflict. It investigates the Wehrmacht and the Red Army and the command and production systems that organized and sustained them. It considers a range of further themes concerning this most political of wars. Benefiting from a post-Communist, post-Cold War perspective, the book takes advantage of a wealth of new studies and source material that have become available over the last decade.

Readers from history buffs to scholars will find something new in this exciting new book.

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Evan Mawdsley is Professor of International History at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

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"Thunder in the East is now the state-of-the art general history of the Eastern front."—James V. Koch, Old Dominion University
"Mawdsley is a Russian specialist, and much of his research is based on thousands of documents from the Soviet military archives published in the 1990s. These enable him, first, to avoid ovverreliance on self-serving Soviet military memoirs; second to provide an in-depth analysis of the Red Army's development into a highly effective military machine; and, third, to illuminate many neglected phases and episodes of the military campaign."—Geoffrey Roberts, The Times Higher Education Supplement
 "Here at last is a concise and clearly written account of what happened on both sides of the hill that provides excellent comparisons of equipment, leadership, doctrine, organization, and personnel."—The International History Review
"This is a substantial contribution to the literature on the Soviet-German war....Mawdsley knows the material intimately. This is a high-class offering."—Robert Service, Historian

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