The sequel to Eye of the Red Tsar. It is 1939. Facing the secret threat of Nazi Germany, Stalin has placed his hopes on the F-34 tank, a 30-ton steel monster known as the 'Red Coffin' to those men who will soon be using it. But the design is not yet complete. And when the weapon's secretive and eccentric architect is found murdered, Stalin sends for Pekkala, his most trusted investigator. However, Pekkala is not the only one whose loyalty is divided....
©2011 Sam Eastland (P)2012 Audible, Ltd
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"Sam Eastland loses the plot"
Started off well enough, but the premise that one man, could drive a T34 inside a truck across western russia, and then drive across the Polish border in the T34 and this would prompt Germany to invade the Soviet Union, is too far fetched.
Germany that still does not have incorportaed the Skoda arms factories into the Reich, nor does it have a land border with Soviet Union. Unless of course Poland sides with Germany.
Stalin according to Sam Eastland is bending backwards to appease Hitler, so the Soviet union can prepare for war. This was true in 1941, after the fall of France, up until then the boot was on the other foot. The Red Army and Air force at this time are the strongest in the world. Far from a policy of apeasement, Stalin is fighting a proxy war against Germany in Spain and in 1940, moves into western Romania within striking distance the only oil fields Germany needs to fight the western allies. A move that confirms Hitlers belief that Soviet Union will strike against Germany soon.
Also the T34 cannot be driven and fought by one man, there are no seperate drivers and machinegunner compartments, the crew is not 5 but 4.
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