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Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of Russia in June 1941, was the largest military operation in history; its aim nothing less than 'a war of extermination' to annihilate Soviet communism, liquidate the Jews and create lebensraum for the so-called German master race. But it led to the destruction of the Third Reich, and it was entirely cataclysmic: in six months of warfare no less than six million were killed, wounded or registered as missing in action, and soldiers on both sides committed heinous crimes behind the lines on a scale without parallel in the history of warfare.

In Barbarossa, drawing on hitherto unseen archival material - including previously untranslated Russian sources - in his usual gripping style, Jonathan Dimbleby recounts not only the story of the military campaign, but the politics and diplomacy behind this epic clash of global titans. With authority and panache, he charts the crucial decisions made in the world's capitals and the bitter struggles on the front lines, giving vivid insights into the experiences of all players, from the leaders on all sides to the men and women on the ground. Above all, Dimbleby reveals the significance of 1941 - the year in which the Soviet Union destroyed Hitler's chance of realising his demented vision - as the most important struggle in the annals of the 20th century. The definitive book on Barbarossa, this is a masterwork for the ages.

©2021 Jonathan Dimbleby (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Superficial

Overconcerned with Anglo-American concerns - or the concerns of an Anglo-American audience?
All too often I felt that the actual combatants had walk on parts.
I can't imagine Russian or German readers would want so much Stafford Cripps - I know I didn't.
I wanted more Zhukov.

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fantastic bar some dodgy recording.

Great book, great story telling, occasional random horrendous noise like a walkie talkie. Happened on Ch. 7 and 8.

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Disappointing and biased

Spends far more time empathising with nazi troops and demonising the Soviets than focusing on war itself

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at last, so clear!

absolutely loved it- I've always enjoyed history, but at 72 years old I have at last been able to join up the dots of the 2nd World War with such clarity and understanding that the lay person needs!
A big thank you to Jonathan Dimbleby, and with his own voice, a Double Whammy!

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Spoiled by Awful Recording

Clearly no one bothered to check the recording. Throughout Chapters 7 & 8 there is serious distortion. These are meant to be professionally produced, not tossed off for cash. Disappointing. Really damaged my experience of it.

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The recording is defective

The recording I have downloaded is defective part way through part one it sounds like a broken radio most upsetting please do not buy most put out

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Great Book.

I purchased this after watching the BBC interview. I have massively enjoyed this. There is some audio problems half way through the book with an interference noise. I hope they get it fixed.
Must buy book.