Friday, February 2, 2007

Red Road From Stalingrad: Recollections of a Soviet Infantryman by Mansur Abdulin

This book is one of the best books I've read about the war. As much as I like reading about battles, tactics, weapons, etc, this book is filled with that and so much more. Stalingrad battles are briefly mentioned in the beginning but the author wasn't in that battle for too long. You get somewhat of a feeling for what it was like but soon enough the you are passed it and onto other battlefields.

The compassion of the author for his fellow soldiers is something that is hard to describe in detail, at times it is missing from other memoirs or at best the authors mention a fallen friend but quickly move on. Yet it isn't only compassion, more so his actions and witness accounts of what happens in the midst of battles that had me so engrossed in this book.

Although it is fair to say that many memoirs talk about the above mentioned topics from one degree to another, this book does something more which I doubt anyone can describe well enough with words. It will stay with me for a long time as being one of the best memoirs of the war.

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