Military history

A Writer at War: A Soviet Journalist with the Red Army, 1941-1945

A Writer at War: A Soviet Journalist with the Red Army, 1941-1945

When the Germans invaded Russia in 1941, Vasily Grossman became a special correspondent for theRed Star, the Soviet Army's newspaper, and reported from the frontlines of the war. A Writer at Wardepicts in vivid detail the crushing conditions on the Eastern Front, and the lives and deaths of soldiers and civilians alike. Witnessing some of the most savage fighting of the war, Grossman saw firsthand the repeated early defeats of the Red Army, the brutal street fighting in Stalingrad, the Battle of Kursk (the largest tank engagement in history), the defense of Moscow, the battles in Ukraine, the atrocities at Treblinka, and much more.

Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova have taken Grossman's raw notebooks, and fashioned them into a gripping narrative providing one of the most even-handed descriptions --at once unflinching and sensitive -- we have ever had of what Grossman called “the ruthless truth of war.”


Translators’ Note


PART ONE: The Shock of Invasion 1941

Chapter 1. Baptism of Fire

Chapter 2. The Terrible Retreat

Chapter 3. On the Bryansk Front

Chapter 4. With the 50th Army

Chapter 5. Back into the Ukraine

Chapter 6. The German Capture of Orel

Chapter 7. The Withdrawal before Moscow

PART TWO: The Year of Stalingrad 1942

Chapter 8. In the South

Chapter 9. The Air War in the South

Chapter 10. On the Donets with the Black Division

Chapter 11. With the Khasin Tank Brigade

Chapter 12. ‘The Ruthless Truth of War’

Chapter 13. The Road to Stalingrad

Chapter 14. The September Battles

Chapter 15. The Stalingrad Academy

Chapter 16. The October Battles

Chapter 17. The Tide Turned

PART THREE: Recovering the Occupied Territories 1943

Chapter 18. After the Battle

Chapter 19. Winning Back the Motherland

Chapter 20. The Battle of Kursk

PART FOUR: From the Dnepr to the Vistula 1944

Chapter 21. The Killing Ground of Berdichev

Chapter 22. Across the Ukraine to Odessa

Chapter 23. Operation Bagration

Chapter 24. Treblinka

PART FIVE: Amid the Ruins of the Nazi World 1945

Chapter 25. Warsaw and Lódz

Chapter 26. Into the Lair of the Fascist Beast

Chapter 27. The Battle for Berlin

AFTERWORD: The Lies of Victory



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