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Ivan's war : life and death in the Red Army, 1939-1945 / Catherine Merridale.

By: Merridale, Catherine, 1959-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2006Edition: 1st ed.Description: xii, 462 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0805074554; 9780805074550; 9780312426521 (pbk.); 0312426526 (pbk.).Subject(s): Soviet Union. Raboche-Krestʹi︠a︡nskai︠a︡ Krasnai︠a︡ Armii︠a︡ -- History -- World War, 1939-1945 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Eastern Front | Soldiers -- Soviet Union -- Social conditions -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 940.54/217 LOC classification: D764 | .M395 2006
Contents:
True war stories -- Marching with revolutionary step -- A fire through all the world -- Disaster beats its wings -- Black ways of war -- Stone by stone -- A land laid waster -- May brotherhood be blessed -- Exulting, grieving, and sweating blood -- Despoil the corpse -- Sheathe the old sword -- And we remember all.
Summary: A narrative of the ordinary Russian soldier's experience of the worst war in history, based on newly revealed sources. The men and women of the Red Army, a ragtag mass of soldiers, confronted Europe's most lethal fighting force and by 1945 had defeated it. Sixty years have passed since their epic triumph, but the heart and mind of Ivan--as the ordinary Russian soldier was called--remain a mystery. We know something about how the soldiers died, but nearly nothing about how they lived, how they saw the world, or why they fought. Drawing on previously closed military and secret police archives, interviews with veterans, and private letters and diaries, Merridale presents the first comprehensive history of the Red Army rank and file, revealing the singular mixture of courage, patriotism, anger, and fear that made it possible for these underfed, badly led troops to defeat the Nazi army.--From publisher description.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [433]-439) and index.

True war stories -- Marching with revolutionary step -- A fire through all the world -- Disaster beats its wings -- Black ways of war -- Stone by stone -- A land laid waster -- May brotherhood be blessed -- Exulting, grieving, and sweating blood -- Despoil the corpse -- Sheathe the old sword -- And we remember all.

A narrative of the ordinary Russian soldier's experience of the worst war in history, based on newly revealed sources. The men and women of the Red Army, a ragtag mass of soldiers, confronted Europe's most lethal fighting force and by 1945 had defeated it. Sixty years have passed since their epic triumph, but the heart and mind of Ivan--as the ordinary Russian soldier was called--remain a mystery. We know something about how the soldiers died, but nearly nothing about how they lived, how they saw the world, or why they fought. Drawing on previously closed military and secret police archives, interviews with veterans, and private letters and diaries, Merridale presents the first comprehensive history of the Red Army rank and file, revealing the singular mixture of courage, patriotism, anger, and fear that made it possible for these underfed, badly led troops to defeat the Nazi army.--From publisher description.

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Library Journal Review

University of London professor Merridale recalls the prodigious sacrifices of the Red Army during World War II: eight million of the 30 million Soviet combatants died, and life expectancy at Stalingrad was 24 hours. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Merridale (Univ. of London) accomplishes a great deal in her extraordinary new book. She has crafted a top-notch social history of the Red Army during WW II from memoirs, newly opened archives, and 200 interviews with veterans. This is a new story. The Soviet government succeeded in imposing a national memory of the war that ignored Stalin's blunders, Soviet interaction with the West, and the widely held dreams of soldiers and citizens for a better postwar life. The result was a half century of sanitized celebrations that manufactured a new basis for Soviet legitimacy, even as they underplayed the monumental individual and collective accomplishments of the men and women of the Red Army. Though the book is also an engaging description of the USSR's overall war effort against Nazi Germany, it works best as a complement to standard works such as Richard Overy's Russia's War (CH, Feb'98, 35-3471); John Erickson's two-volume Stalin's War with Germany (1975-83); or David Glantz and Jonathan House's When Titans Clashed (CH, May'96, 33-5274). Includes a map, many photographs, and extensive notes. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All public and university libraries. R. D. Law Birmingham-Southern College

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Catherine Merridale is a Senior Lecturer in history at the University of Bristol. She holds degrees from Cambridge & Birmingham. This book was supported by grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the British Academy, & the Russian Academy of Science. She is the author of two academic books on Russia & has written for the prestigious History Workshop Journal. She lives in Bristol, England. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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