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 The powerful story of the Red Army's battle of liberation against the Nazi invader - from Stalingrad all the way to Berlin. 

In February 1943, German forces surrendered to the Red Army at Stalingrad, and the tide of war turned. By May 1945 Soviet soldiers had stormed Berlin and brought down Hitler's regime. 

Total War follows the fortunes of these fighters as they liberated Russia and the Ukraine from the Nazi invader and fought their way into the heart of the Reich. It reveals the horrors they experienced - the Holocaust, genocide and the mass murder of Soviet POWs - and shows the Red Army, brutalised by war, taking its terrible revenge on the German civilian population. 

For the first time, Russian veterans are candid about the terrible atrocities their own army committed. But they also describe their struggle to raise themselves from the abyss of hatred. Their war against the Nazis - which in large part brought the Second World War in Europe to an end - is a tarnished but deeply moving story of sacrifice and redemption.  

©2011 Michael Jones (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Excellent history, great narration, worth it

Among my library I have no less than 50 WWII books of all types and from all perspectives, however the Eastern Front (especially as told by the Red Army) are an unfortunately uncommon type of audiobook - this book does a fine job covering that. My only regret is that it is not longer.

I took little to no issue with the narration. Yeah, it might be a little cheesy when the narrator is speaking for a child or girl, but what can you expect? I found him to be great in all other respects, certainly NOT a deal killer for what a great story it has to tell. I fully intend on getting the other two Eastern Front audiobooks from Michael Jones as soon as I have the credits.

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Excellent history, fatally flawed narration

I wanted very much to listen to this book. Concerns an extremely important take on ww2. Unfortunately, narration is poor: narrator drops voice at end of sentences. Last few words just incomprehensible murmur.

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  • 09-04-18

Amazing insight.

A real eye opener of a book. Gives a Russian perspective on so many key points in the war, with a heart wrenching focal point. The choice of narrator isn't always convincing for the people he portrays, a white middle class man doesn't always play the part of a Red Army privet very well!

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  • Evelyn O'Connor
  • 08-18-18

Eastern Front in Perspective

This is a hugely impressive and beautifully presented piece of research. The excerpts from the diaries and letters of Russian soldiers present a very moving and harrowing account of the day to day realities of war. From my point of view, it was a welcome perspective from the western orientated accounts of the Second World War, with which I am familiar. Beautifully read, I was riveted from start to finish. Highly recommended

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  • S. Moorcroft
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Harrowing

Harrowing and comprehensive survey of the Russian army's fight from Stalingrad to Berlin. presents the suffering of Red Army soldiers and moves the narrative away from the 'robotic fighting machine /vengeance seeking Asiatic hordes' or, currently unfashionable,' socialist liberators, ' to provide a well rounded and humane portrait of men facing indescribable horror.