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From Publishers Weekly

Wellesley heritage professor Tumarkin ( Lenin Lives! ) right here explains how Stalin and his successors glorified the Soviet struggle opposed to Nazi Germany by means of orchestrating a sanitized fable of heroic triumph meant to foster help for the Communist social gathering and an sick economy. The cult of the good Patriotic battle, she demonstrates, hid the U. S. S. R. 's disastrous unpreparedness for the 1941 German invasion, which fee 30 million Soviet lives. Stalin's homicide of tens of millions of Soviet army commanders in a purge at the eve of the conflict, his use of the warfare as a pretext to weigh down dissent and nationalist separatisms and his scorched-earth coverage also are passed over from the respectable cult. according to the author's travels in Russia among 1978 and 1992, this illuminating and poignant examine contrasts the controlled fantasy of WW II with the unvarnished memoirs of writers, filmmakers and traditional voters.
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Tumarkin (The Lenin Cult in Soviet Russia, 1983) has effectively used own sorrows to color a correct portrayal of the manipulation, by means of Stalin, of the good Patriotic battle (World struggle II). She indicates intimately how historical past used to be distorted, contrived, and intentionally falsified to cajole the Soviet humans to do heroic deeds. This falsified historical past coated up the tragedy of the Russian entrance, Stalin's purges, and the homicide of hundreds of thousands of Stalin's enemies. paradoxically, this falsification includes a chance for us. to cite David Remnick (Lenin's Tomb, LJ 6/15/93), musing at the gathered impact of residing with distorted or obliterated earlier: "In creating a mystery of background, the Kremlin made its topics a little bit extra insane, a bit extra determined. " The cult of battle persevered via successive chairmen and social gathering first secretaries until eventually Gorbachev's glasnost. a good addition to educational and public libraries.
Harry Willems, Kansas Lib. process, Iola
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This relocating account of a affliction people's fight with a brutal background exhibits how country and social gathering specialists stage-managed a countrywide trauma right into a heroic take advantage of that glorified the Communist get together.

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Manstein wrote: Indeed, it was already doubtful—thanks to the delay in taking a decision—whether Armee-Abteilung Hollidt, now saddled with the defense of the whole front from the coastline to the Middle Donetz, would ever get back to the Mius in time. 7 On 17 February, Armee-Abteilung Hollidt successfully reached its new positions. It had been a near thing for the Germans, and the Soviets prepared to push across the river only a short time after Hollidt’s divisions settled into the Mius line. Early on the next day, Russian troops of Malenovsky’s Southern Front forced a crossing over the Mius at several points.

Germany. Heer. Panzer-Korps, III. 3. Waffen-SS. Panzer-Division “Das Reich”, 2. I. Title. 54'2177—dc23 2012012222 eISBN 9780811748643 Contents List of Maps vii Preface ix Introduction xiii Terminology and Abbreviations xxv Chapter 1 Heeresgruppe Süd and Armee-Abteilung Hollidt: Retreat and Recovery in the Ukraine 1 Chapter 2 From Prochorovka to the Mius: III Panzerkorps and II SS-Panzerkorps 19 Chapter 3 6 Armee Stands Fast 95 Chapter 4 A Strategy of Deception 169 Chapter 5 6 Armee Strikes Back 183 Chapter 6 The First Day 201 Chapter 7 Deadlock 237 Chapter 8 The Decisive Day: 1 August 267 Chapter 9 The Destruction of the Bridgehead 391 Chapter 10 The Battles for Bogodukhov 337 Chapter 11 The Counterattack of III Panzerkorps 373 Chapter 12 Aftermath: 6 Armee Retreats from the Mius 441 Chapter 13 Conclusions and Review 473 Appendix I A Soviet Tank Army as Established during Early 1943 505 Appendix II Typical Organization of Soviet Tank Corps in the Summer of 1943 507 Appendix III Tank Strength of II SS-Panzerkorps during the Battle of Kursk 509 Appendix IV Order of Battle of III Panzerkorps, August 1943 511 Appendix V Organization of 3 SS-Panzer-Division Totenkopf in the Summer of 1943 513 Appendix VI Soviet Order of Battle for Operation "Rumyantsev" 515 Appendix VII Waffen SS Ranks and US Army Equivalent Ranks 517 Notes 519 Bibliography 533 Acknowledgments 539 Index 541 List of Maps Operation "Citadel" 27 II SS-Panzerkorps, 11 July 1943 33 Situation on 11 July 1943 38 6 Armee, July 1943 97 The counterattack of 16 Panzergrenadier-Division, morning of 18 July 1943 118 The failure of the counterattack of 16 Panzergrenadier-Division 122 The counterattack of XXIV Panzerkorps, 19 July 1943 126 The 13th Guards Rifle Corps and the 2nd Guards Mechanized Corps, 20 July 1943 135 6 Armee scores a critical defensive success, 22 July 1943 144 The situation on the Mius, 29 July 1943 146 The counterattack of 6 Armee, 30 July 1943 203 The counterattack of II SS-Panzerkorps, 31 July 1943 239 The decisive day, 1 August 1943 269 The situation in the Kharkov-Belgorod area, 2 August 1943 339 Operation "Rumyantsev," 8 August 1943 343 Bogodukhov area, 9 August 1943 349 1st Tank Army advances, 10-11 August 1943 351 The counterattack of III Panzerkorps, morning of 11 August 1943 368 III Panzerkorps, afternoon of 11 August 1943 371 The counterattack of the III Panzerkorps, morning of 12 August 1943 384 1st Tank Army is driven back, 12 August 1943 388 III Panzerkorps prepares to attack, 13-14 August 1943 395 III Panzerkorps, afternoon of 14 August 1943 400 III Panzerkorps, 15 August 1943 403 Totenkopf, 16 August 1943 405 Totenkopf and Das Reich assault the Merla, 17 August 1943 421 III Panzerkorps bridgeheads on the Merla, 18 August 1943 425 Totenkopf crosses the Merla 432 Preface There were three great summer offensive campaigns mounted by the Germans during the Russo-German War.

Hoth soon found his army irrevocably split in half, with part of it pushed into Stalingrad and the remnants outside of the city fighting westward to avoid encirclement. On 20 November, Hitler created Heeresgruppe Don, placing Feldmarschall Erich von Manstein in command of the new army group that was to be comprised of Paulus’s 6. Armee, 4. Panzerarmee and the various Axis commands. This decision unified the command of the endangered armies and was a promising development. However, Hitler then issued orders that doomed Paulus’s 6.

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