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Summary

Drawing on remarkable and never-before-seen material, the extraordinary story of one of the most horrific and devastating encounters of the Second World War.

Sunday, June 22nd, 1941: almost four million Nazi troops marched on Moscow, with a brutal scorched-earth tactic that saw millions of Soviet citizens massacred. A level of brutality paralleled only after the Soviet's triumphed at Stalingrad and took mindless revenge as they marched back into Berlin.

Beginning with Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, to the appalling circumstances of the Fall of Berlin in April 1945 and told from the perspective of the people of Russia and Eastern Europe, Barbarossa is a heartrending story of tragedy, suffering and heroism.

Stewart Binns draws on Russian archives to paint a uniquely intimate picture of the war from the Soviet side of this terrible conflict - presenting this dark moment in history in panoramic detail, matching sweeping accounts of tactical manoeuvres with harrowing personal stories of civilian hardship and bravery.

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©2021 Stewart Binns (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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"This is a truly astounding book, packed with searing hitherto-unpublished testimony about what it was like to endure, and ultimately defeat, the most formidable invasion in the history of Mankind. The sheer endurance of the Russian people between 1941 and 1945 will leave readers utterly staggered. It is a debt that we in the West should do more to acknowledge." (Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny)

"A masterful narrative, deeply enriched by extraordinary research and a profound analysis of the soul of Russia." (Nick Hewer)

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The telling of the untold!

The war in the east was more barbaric than any other theatre of war in WW2. A mixture of personal accounts and historical facts made this book very good. The only reason it did not get 5 stars is because of the anti communist polemic that was devoid of context and counter arguments. As this was not primarily a political discourse it should have, as far as possible, left well alone. As a piece of work about the war in the east it was enthralling.

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Best book on Barbarossa in a long time

I have read and listened to many books on the German Russian war. This book is full of detail a lot of details that are in most books of Barbarossa but not usually in context. This book is a mixture of a scholarly detail filled book along with a personal history from soldiers and other important people from all sides. One of the biggest take aways out with Barbarossa is the exposure of FDR and how much of the world’s problems after the war were directly his fault due to his two faced, massive overwhelmingly ridiculous opinion of himself and his pathetic desperate attempts to be Stalin’s friend. Then to realise just how much Stalin played him like a fiddle.

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utterly pointless nonsense

this book is a rambling joke of hearsay and nonsense 🙄 do not buy ever