Title: Dynamo : Defending the Honour of Kiev
Publisher: Lyons Press, Guilford
Publication Date: 2002
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First American Edition
Book Type: Military
243pp. Tan cloth. Stated 1st Ed. (Am.) with complete number line. Tight, square, bright copy. Firm corners. No internal names, notes or markings. Crisp, unclipped DJ in Mylar cover. Soccer in the Nazi conquered Ukraine. Excellent read. Includes USPS Tracking. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 15944
Synopsis: When Hitler initiated Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, he caught the Soviet Union completely by surprise. At breathtaking speed his armies swept East, slaughtering the ill-prepared Soviet forces. His greatest military gains of the entire World War II were made in a few short months, and the largest single country that he conquered was the Ukraine. Ukraine's capital, Kiev, was circled, assaulted and overrun, and among the city's defenders who were captured and incarcerated were many of the members of the sparkling 1939 Dynamo Kiev football team, arguably the best in Europe before the war. Captured Kiev was a starving city whose population were deported in vast numbers as slave labour. However one man determined to save not just the surviving players from the Dynamo side but other athletes. He offered them work, shelter and, most valuable, bread, as workers in his bakery. Inspired by the charismatic goalkeeper Trusevich, the Dynamo side was re-formed as as Start FC and a series of fixtures was arranged, all of which the team won handsomely. To such an extent that they inspired Kievan spirits. The final fixture against the Luftwaffe was agreed by the German authorities: a well-fed team from the Fatherland would vanquish the upstart Ukrainians, especially if the game was refereed by an SS officer. The match is an allegory of resistance; its consequences are brutal. Andy Dougan has discovered the truth behind a legendary encounter, sorting fact from fiction and restoring to the centre of World War II, a moment of extraordinary poignancy and complex bravery, of which the cliche is demonstrably true: football is not a matter of life or death; it's much more important than that. In 1942, at the centre point of World War II, an extraordinary event took place not on the battlefield but in a municipal stadium in Kiev. A match was arranged between a German Luftwaffe side and a team of impoverished Kievans from a local bakery - Start FC - that became the subject of legend. This is the true story of courage, team loyalty and fortitude in the face of the most brutal oppression the world had ever seen.
From the Back Cover:
?The sideshow to the brutal Nazi occupation of Kiev is more complex than the
popular version of Soviet myth, but it is still ghastly enough. The whole story is
skillfully recounted by author Andy Dougan. Mr. Dougan?s thoughtful treatment
makes the episode compelling on its own terms, whether the athletes were heroes or merely, like millions of others, people caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.?
?The Wall Street Journal (Weekend Edition)
?A fascinating, exciting, and ultimately, deeply unsettling book.??Booklist
When Hitler initiated Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, he caught the Soviet Union completely by surprise. At breathtaking speed, his armies swept east, slaughtering the ill-prepared Soviet forces. His greatest military gains in all of World War II were made in these few short months, and the largest single country that he conquered was the Ukraine. Ukraine?s capital, Kiev, was circled, assaulted, and overrun. Among the city?s defenders who were captured and incarcerated were many of the members of the 1939 Dynamo Kiev football team, arguably the best squad in Europe before the war. Captured Kiev was a starving city whose population was deported in vast numbers as slave labor. However, one man was determined not just to save the surviving players of the Dynamo squad, but other athletes as well. He offered them shelter and?most valuable?bread, as workers in his bakery.
Inspired by the charismatic goalkeeper Trusevich, the Dynamo squad was re-formed as Start FC, and a series of matches were arranged, all of which the team won handsomely, and to such an extent that they inspired Kievan spirits. The final match, however, against the Luftwaffe, was arranged by the German authorities. A well-fed team from the Fatherland would vanquish the upstart Ukrainians, especially since an S.S. officer would referee the game. The match itself was an allegory of resistance, and its consequences were brutal.
Andy Dougan has discovered the truth behind a legendary encounter. In Dynamo he sorts fact from fiction and restores a moment of extraordinary poignancy and complex bravery to the center of World War II. He is a writer for the Glasgow Evening Times and the author of six previous books, including biographies of American film luminaries Martin Scorcese, Michael Douglas, and Robert De Niro.
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