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The Resource 800 days on the Eastern Front : a Russian soldier remembers World War II, Nikolai Litvin ; translated and edited by Stuart Britton

800 days on the Eastern Front : a Russian soldier remembers World War II, Nikolai Litvin ; translated and edited by Stuart Britton

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800 days on the Eastern Front : a Russian soldier remembers World War II
Title
800 days on the Eastern Front
Title remainder
a Russian soldier remembers World War II
Statement of responsibility
Nikolai Litvin ; translated and edited by Stuart Britton
Title variation
Eight hundred days on the Eastern Front
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Language
  • eng
  • rus
  • eng
Summary
"During his 800 days of war, Nikolai Litvin fought on the front lines in the ferocious tank battles at Kursk, was wounded three times, and witnessed unspeakable brutalities against prisoners and civilians. But he survived to pen this brief but powerful memoir of his wartime experiences." "Barely out of his teens, Litvin served for three years in the Red Army on the killing fields of the Eastern Front. His memoir presents an unadorned, candid narrative of the common soldier's lot in Stalin's army. Unlike the memoirs of Russian officers - usually preoccupied with large military operations and political concerns - this narrative offers a true ground-level view of World War ll's deadliest theater. It puts a begrimed human face on the enormous toll of casualties and provides a rare perspective on battles that were instrumental in the defeat of the German army." "Litvin's varied roles, ranging from antitank gunner at Kursk to heavy machine gunner in a penal battalion to staff driver for the 352nd Rifle Division, . offer unique perspectives on the Red Army in World War II as it fought from the Ukraine deep into the German heartland. Litvin documents such significant battles as Operation Kutuzov, Operation Bagration, and the German counterattack on the Narev, while also providing unique personal observations on fording the Dnepr River under enemy fire, the rape of German women by Russian troops, and seeing his life pass before his eyes as he watched a Stuka's bomb fall directly on his position. And, because part of his duties involved chauffeuring Red Army generals, he also presents revealing glimpses into their personalities and behavior." "Originally written in 1962, Litvin's memoir lay unpublished and unseen until translator Stuart Britton and a Russian colleague approached him about publishing it in English. Britton interviewed Litvin to flesh out the details of his original recollection and annotated the resulting work to provide historical context for the campaigns and battles in which he participated. Remarkably free of Soviet-era propaganda, this gem of a memoir provides a view of the war never seen by western readers, including photographs from Litvin's personal collection."--Jacket
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contains biographical information
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Litvin, Nikolai
Dewey number
  • 940.54/1247092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plans
Index
index present
LC call number
D764
LC item number
.L533 2007
Literary form
non fiction
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Britton, Stuart
Series statement
Modern war studies
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  • Litvin, Nikolai
  • Litvin, Nikolai
  • World War (1939-1945)
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Military campaigns
  • Veterans
  • Eastern Front (World War (1939-1945))
  • Soviet Union
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800 days on the Eastern Front : a Russian soldier remembers World War II, Nikolai Litvin ; translated and edited by Stuart Britton
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical reference (page 153) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Chapter 1: I become an Airborne soldier. The outbreak of war ; I volunteer for the Airborne ; The Northwestern front: Demiansk and Staraia Rusa -- Chapter 2: Kursk. Defensive preparations ; The battle begins and my wounding -- Chapter 3: Pursuit. Operation Kutuzov ; Drive to the Dnepr River ; Gaivoron ; Crossing the Dnepr River -- Chapter 4: I become a chauffeur. A close call ; The sudden death of a comrade ; At the repair station ; My second wounding and another transfer -- Chapter 5: Operation Bagration. My violation of duty and punishment ; Operation Bagration begins ; We lead the attack on Parichi ; Slaughter at Bobruisk -- Chapter 6: Into Poland with the 354th Rifle Division. An unwanted duty ; Transferred again ; Kleshcheli and Avgustinka ; The Narev bridgehead ; The counterattack on the Narev ; Major Chirkin intercedes ; With the 354th Rifle Division's commander, V.N. Dzhandzhgava -- Chapter 7: The final offensive. Forward! ; At the animal husbandry farm ; Graudenz and the Vistula ; At the Count's estate ; To Danzig ; Danzig ; The destruction of the East Prussian group ; To Stettin ; The final assault begins ; The war's end ; My arrest and postwar life
Control code
ocm81860952
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 159 pages
Isbn
9780700615179
Lccn
2007003765
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, plans
System control number
(OCoLC)81860952
Label
800 days on the Eastern Front : a Russian soldier remembers World War II, Nikolai Litvin ; translated and edited by Stuart Britton
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical reference (page 153) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chapter 1: I become an Airborne soldier. The outbreak of war ; I volunteer for the Airborne ; The Northwestern front: Demiansk and Staraia Rusa -- Chapter 2: Kursk. Defensive preparations ; The battle begins and my wounding -- Chapter 3: Pursuit. Operation Kutuzov ; Drive to the Dnepr River ; Gaivoron ; Crossing the Dnepr River -- Chapter 4: I become a chauffeur. A close call ; The sudden death of a comrade ; At the repair station ; My second wounding and another transfer -- Chapter 5: Operation Bagration. My violation of duty and punishment ; Operation Bagration begins ; We lead the attack on Parichi ; Slaughter at Bobruisk -- Chapter 6: Into Poland with the 354th Rifle Division. An unwanted duty ; Transferred again ; Kleshcheli and Avgustinka ; The Narev bridgehead ; The counterattack on the Narev ; Major Chirkin intercedes ; With the 354th Rifle Division's commander, V.N. Dzhandzhgava -- Chapter 7: The final offensive. Forward! ; At the animal husbandry farm ; Graudenz and the Vistula ; At the Count's estate ; To Danzig ; Danzig ; The destruction of the East Prussian group ; To Stettin ; The final assault begins ; The war's end ; My arrest and postwar life
Control code
ocm81860952
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 159 pages
Isbn
9780700615179
Lccn
2007003765
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, plans
System control number
(OCoLC)81860952

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