Presents an account of the greatest military encounter in human history. This title describes the events of 1941-45 in which the Soviet Union, after initial catastrophes, destroyed Hitler's Third Reich and shaped European history for the next half Century.
Richard Overy is Professor of Modern History at King's College, London. He is also the author of "The Road to War".
The darkness descends - 1917-1937; the hour before midnight -1937-1941; the goths ride east - Barbarossa, 1941; between life and death - Leningrad and Moscow; the fight from within -collaboration, terror and resistance; the cauldron boils -Stalingrad, 1942-43; the citadel - Kursk, 1943; false dawn - 1943-44; fall of the swastika - 1945; the cult of personality - Stalin and the legacy of war; epilogue - Russia's war - myth and reality.