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Praise for Michael Jones -- --- A milestone in the treatment of the battle ... highly effective and utterly captivating ... This is the finest history of its type published to date -- David Glanz 'A tribute to the resilience of the human spirit' -- Herald 'Jones deserves full credit for the remarkable personal testimonies he has amassed' -- Max Hastings, Sunday Times

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Michael Jones was awarded a history PhD by Bristol University, and subsequently taught at Glasgow University and Winchester College. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History, and works now as a writer, media consultant and presenter. He has written books on the battles of Bosworth, Agincourt, Stalingrad and Leningrad, and most recently The Retreat: Hitler's First Defeat. For the last few years has conducted battlefield tours of the Eastern Front.

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  • File Size: 2933 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (June 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 9, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052RMNBK
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I was eleven years old when the Great Patriotic War ended. I was trying to forget it. I could not foresee that my memory would start stinging me again. As time passed, the burning feeling intensified. One of the main reasons for that was the Soviet literature's determination to cross out any slightest mention of the Holocaust as well as participation of people of Jewish origin in the War. This is why in the USSR General Dovator became a Bielorussian, Major Kunikov became a Russian, and heroes whose names were obviously Jewish the Russian press simply obliterated from the history of the war.
This in particular explains why, when I emigrated from the USSR back in the 1970's , I started refreshing my school English not by reading English classics in originals, but by reading Western authors' accounts of and insights into the events of the War. I used to read them sometimes smiling and at other times frowning. Now, having lived in the West for over thirty years, I have found an author whose narrations are adequate to the events we lived through. From all standpoints. This is Michael Jones. Every his new book shakes me as a distress. No smiles, no frowns. Tears.
I myself might have been an episode of Jones' book. Once, in October of 1941, I became a single target for a German plane in kilometers of empty fields around me. I still wonder how I survived on that occasion under the strafing plane a few meters straight over my head. The pilot missed me when it was impossible to miss. There is something to contemplate about this situation. However, with all my personal impressions and suffering due to the War, I would not be able to tell about it with such remarkable brevity and expressiveness as Michael Jones did. No one of us, insiders, could have written such a book.
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About a week ago, the German magazine 'der Spiegel' published a long article in advance of the 70th anniversary of the German attack on the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, so I read Michael Jones' previous book 'Retreat. Hitler's First Defeat', which dealt with the initial invasion and repulsion of the German invaders from the gates of Moscow.

If you haven't read it, you need to read this book first. It's a definite 5 star book. I don't need to review it as there are already enough reviews.

I was initially tempted to give this book 4 stars; very good, but really needed to be longer as 350 pages to cover almost two and a half years of war I thought was inadequate. It really needed to be 700 or even 1,000 pages long. I was wrong.

When the author began the account of the battle for Stalingrad, I immediately read Antony Beevor masterly account in 'Stalingrad', before returning to 'Total War'.

Michael Jones came into his own only when he discusses the liberation of the Ukraine, and the German 'typhus camps'. I read this account with almost disbelief. The Germans herded Ukranian civilians into wire enclosures without shelter and deliberately infected them with typhus in the hope that the Red Army troops would also be infected as they took over the camps.

Actually, I can well believe it. Something similar happened in Italy, as discussed in Richard Evan's book 'the Third Reich at War'. Two medical specialists in malaria, Martini and Rodenwaldt, directed the Wehrmacht to reflood the reclaimed Pontine marshes and to reintroduce sea water to allow anopheles labranchiae, a malarial vector, to breed there. And then destroyed or removed the pumps and tidal gates. And it a further act of bastardry, confiscated all the stocks of quinine in the area.
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A good read from the Russian soldier point of view. Offers a better understanding for their behaviour towards end of the war
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A very good book about the second world war on the eastern front, as seen from the Sovjet side. It explains the psykological state of mind in the sovjet soldiers which gave them extra will to chrush the germans and win the war.
I've read a lot of books about this theatre of war, but "Total War: From Stalingrad to Berlin" added new insigt into this terrible part of human history.
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This book is well worth the purchase price for those of us who have been accustomed to reading about WW II from the American and British side of things, i.e., the war in the West. Jones does an excellent job documenting the total war mentality of the Eastern Front. I found this work hard to put down once I got into it.
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Covering similar ground to Max Hasting's "Armageddon" but with different insights and anecdotal information. One cannot
understand either Russia, the former Soviet state or Eastern Europe without understanding the titanic struggle that consumed
two nations led by monsters.
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My father was for four years in WWII, in North Africa, at Salerno, Anzio, and Winter line, and was shipped to the Pacific and Nagasaki after the Big Boy Bomb, a 20 year old billet Master Sargeant. No one had a name when I was a child for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but he had it and was defeated by it. He would only talk about it rarely, never in detail (how could he have described it to a child, except friends killed, starving peasants, wonton destruction, moral conflict as both sides killed surrendering soldiers either because they could not handle them or out of rage and revenge. He died in 1974, asking me to read about the Eastern Front/Great Patriotic War, "because the history you learned in high school is propaganda and why I could never have voted for Eisenhower. I am alive and you were possible because the Russian Army destroyed 3.5 million soldiers, thousands of tanks, and most of the Luftwaffe which would have been aiming at me.

I have read extensively about Barbarossa, Leningrad, Kiev, Moscow, and most extensively on Stalingrad and Kursk, but picked this up to get from Kursk to Berlin.

Jones does not go into much detail about battles, positioning, supplies and logistics. He goes deeply into what I already knew about the atrocities the Wehrmacht imposed on both Russian civilians and prisoners of war - scorched earth, slave labor, export and extermination of Jews, starvation, rape, and the treatment of Slavs as sub-humans.

More, and in the gut as well as in the mind, Jones quite emphatically supports my father's statement - the destruction of the Wehrmacht and the Panzer armies was over long before Rome fell and the landings at Normandy happened.
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