Moscow 1941: A City and its People at War

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Moscow 1941: A City and its People at War - Rodric Braithwaite [epub]

As German troops approached Moscow in June, 1941, two million people were evacuated from the city, in seventy thousand trainloads, including forty carriages and thirty-five freight cars carrying the sets, staff, and props of the Bolshoi Theatre.

But, after a brief spell during which Stalin seemed paralyzed — and despite his habit of having his own generals shot — the Russians turned and attacked. Braithwaite concludes that it was not, as the Germans liked to claim, the Russian winter that undid the Wehrmacht; rather, an unexpectedly strong Soviet counteroffensive delivered Hitler's first major defeat. The cost included almost a million Soviet soldiers dead.

Braithwaite, who was Britain's Ambassador to Moscow from 1988 to 1992, interviewed a remarkable range of Muscovites for the book, from students and nurses who joined the fight to a metro worker who dug Stalin's secret bunker, and he has produced a symphonic evocation of a great city at war. 

Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage; 1st edition (October 9, 2007)
        
        
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