By Frank Ellis

ISBN-10: 0700621458

ISBN-13: 9780700621453

Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's plan for invading the Soviet Union, has by way of now develop into a well-known story of overreach, with the Germans blinded to their coming defeat by way of their preliminary victory, and the Soviet Union pushing again from the edge of destruction with brave exploits either reckless and constant. And whereas a lot of this model of the tale is right, Frank Ellis tells us in Barbarossa 1941, it additionally obscures a number of very important ancient truths that regulate our knowing of the crusade. during this new and in depth research of Operation Barbarossa, Ellis attracts on a wealth of files declassified over the last two decades to problem the normal therapy of a severe bankruptcy within the heritage of worldwide struggle II.

Ellis's shut studying of an incredibly wide selection of German and Russian assets ends up in a reevaluation of Soviet intelligence tests of Hitler's intentions; Stalin's complicity in his nation's slippage into existential slaughter; and the impression of the Stalinist regime's recognition for brutality—and an apprehension of Stalin's expansionist inclinations—on the launching and execution of Operation Barbarossa. Ellis revisits significant controversies when it comes to Barbarossa—the Soviet pre-emptive strike thesis recommend in Viktor Suvorov's booklet Icebreaker; and the view of the notorious Commissar Order, dictating the execution of a big crew of Soviet POWs, as a special piece of Nazi malevolence. Ellis additionally analyzes the remedy of Barbarossa within the paintings of 3 Soviet-Russian writers—Vasilii Grossman, Alexander Bek, and Konstantin Simonov—and within the first-ever translation of the diary stored through a German soldier in twentieth Panzer department, brings the crusade again to the day-by-day realities of risks and frustrations encountered via German troops.

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