Friday, February 2, 2007
Fallen Soviet Generals by A. A. Maslov
An excellent source for Soviet officers killed during WWII. The circumstances that were involved in each officers death are dealt with and described. Various sources are used for information including searches decades later for the bodies of these men who had previously never been found. 1941 was the worst year as many officers, especially from the tank troops, found their deaths on the battlefields for a plethora of reasons. The commander of the 6th Mech Corps died fighting Germans during a counter-attack during which his tanks sadly ran out of fuel and had to be abandoned. Many of the stories are interesting, especially the engineer General who was hanged and hosed with water in the sub zero temperatures, subsequently freezing to death. A great addition to the literature on the Eastern Front.