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Post by Alex Yeliseenko » 24 Aug 2007 16:20

New books for reading in Russian:

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Konstantin Bykov " Kharkov boiler ", Moscow, 2007

The complex book. Battle for Kharkov in 1942 is described.

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Post by Alex Yeliseenko » 24 Aug 2007 16:52

I have bought this book in July in Minsk. In Moscow has not found (badly searched?).

Russia in 20 century. War 1941-1945. " Modern researches ". It is published in Moscow in 2005. Materials of authors from Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Moldova.

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Post by Alex Yeliseenko » 24 Aug 2007 17:03

The second volume of the trilogy Valery Zamulin about Kursk battle. " The coded Kursk battle ", Moscow, 2007

Documents from TSAMO and NARA. 780 page are used.

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Post by konev » 30 Aug 2007 23:16

Gentlemen,

I have one for you and its online.

Check out soldat.ru and he has posted 35 of 36 of the Lists of the units and formations of the Operational Army from 1941 to 1945, plus the pre-1941 events. You can go to the link below (its down now but should be up tomorrow):

http://soldat.ru/files/4/6/216/

You will need Win Rar to extract them and Djvu to view the pages.

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Post by Kunikov » 01 Sep 2007 00:14

konev wrote:Gentlemen,

I have one for you and its online.

Check out soldat.ru and he has posted 35 of 36 of the Lists of the units and formations of the Operational Army from 1941 to 1945, plus the pre-1941 events. You can go to the link below (its down now but should be up tomorrow):

http://soldat.ru/files/4/6/216/

You will need Win Rar to extract them and Djvu to view the pages.

konev


Still down :(

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Post by Art » 07 Nov 2007 14:56

The documents of Soviet Supreme Command Stavka were published in the 16th Volume of the "Russkiy Arkhiv" series. The full title: "Russkiy arkhiv, Belikaya Otechestvennaya" Vol. 16 (5-1, 5-4), Terra, 1996-1999. As far as I understand it was a reissue of the classified collection of Stavka documents published in 1968. The orders and directives of the Soviet Supreme Command published in the book cover the preparation of large-scale operations, organization of higher-level units, regrouping and transfer of forces between different fronts and between the front and the rear, some instructions of Stavka on tactical and operational questions. Aside from documents isued by Stavka the publication contains some documents of front-level, usually plans of operations submitted to Supreme command. The first two volumes also contain several records of cable conversations of Stavka and General Staff officials with fronts' commanders. Unfortunately, the publication is not full, a number of document remained unpublished, since the archive files of Stavka contain about 10 thousands various documents, it would be, of course, en enourmous task to publish them all. The book is available online in Russian:
http://www.soldat.ru/files/4/6/15/111/
Also available for order via E-mail on the publisher's site:
http://www.kkterra.ru/price.htm

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Post by Michate » 07 Nov 2007 16:09

Very interesting books.

Any chance some might finally be translated into English (I dare not ask German)?

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Post by Alex Yeliseenko » 07 Nov 2007 16:41

Michate wrote:Very interesting books.

Any chance some might finally be translated into English (I dare not ask German)?


Aller hängt von die deutschen Herausgeber ab. In Russland übersetzen die grosse Menge der Bücher in der Militärgeschichte mit englisch und deutsch jetzt.

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Post by Michate » 09 Nov 2007 09:44

Ah, so on can be hopeful, thanks.

Good German you speak, it is always amazing to see how many more people in Eastern Europe learn German than in the West :) .

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Post by Alex Yeliseenko » 09 Nov 2007 16:37

The new Russian book about Rzhev battles. My opinion - the book weak.

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Michate, mein deutsch ist arm. Ich unterrichtete ihn nur 1 Jahr. Ich nicht aus Osteuropa. Ich lebe in Sibirien. Manchmal kommen zu uns die deutschen Freunde an. Mir ist es schwer, mit ihnen zu sagen. Nach 4-5 Flaschen den Rum oder der Whisky wird das gegenseitige Verständnis verbessert!

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Post by Art » 09 Nov 2007 18:05

Alex and Michate, I would like to ask you to discuss the personal matters via PM.
Alex, If I don't like the book, may be it's worth not to advertise it in the "recommended reading" thread? Also I'm curious to know whether the text differs from what is available on rshew-42.

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Post by Alex Yeliseenko » 10 Nov 2007 10:52

It is possible to disagree with my opinion. The book nevertheless contains a lot of given of archives. But its maintenance not strongly differs from the maintenance of a site. And the most bad - the majority of schemes - from histories of German divisions in bad quality.

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Post by Alex Yeliseenko » 10 Nov 2007 11:09

Really good book! " Mountain war. Military climbers of the USSR and Germany. July 1942-February 1943 ". 1 lack - author used German sources a little.

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Post by Art » 10 Nov 2007 18:14

Thank you for information, Alex.

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Post by Cavalier » 28 Nov 2007 08:10

I can see a plethora of books published as entire war histories or as histories on battles and campaigns during the Soviet-German War 1941-45 (Erickson, Glantz, et al.) but are any books published with the sole subject being a technical and objective appraisal of the Red Army's military performance during the Soviet-German War 1941-45? Such appraisals have been published for the US Army's relative performance against the German Army, but I've not seen any book written &/or published in English that does the same thing for the Red Army.

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