Friday, February 2, 2007
Stalin's Generals by Harold Shukman
I picked this book up when I was in England years ago and to this day it remains one of the best compilations on the Generals and Marshals of the Red Army during WWII. Many interesting facts I never knew are dispersed with general accounts and histories of the Generals as they went from 1941 defeats to final victory in 1945. Although many Generals are missing the ones discussed most definitely deserve the attention that they have received by the authors. Tukhachevsky's account was interesting, but I would liked to see Yakir right there next to him. Another Soviet General who was killed during the purges who had a great impact on Soviet Strategy and theory was A. A. Svechin the author of "Strategy" him I would have also liked to read about. Overall an excellent source for a novice to understand how the Generals in the Red Army did their jobs and under what kind of circumstances did the defeat of the German Army come about.