The Second World War (5): The Eastern Front 1941–1945

The Second World War (5): The Eastern Front 1941–1945

  • Author: Geoffrey Jukes
  • Publication Date: 6 Jun 2014
  • Number of Pages: 96
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In 1940, fresh from the success in France, Hitler turned his attention to the East. In this volume Geoffrey Jukes explains what led to Hitler's decision to instigate the invasion of the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa) and offers a concise account of the campaign that followed. The Germans expected to conquer Russia in only four months, but at Stalingrad and then Kursk the Russians fought back. At a human cost of 27 million Soviet lives Hitler was forced into a humiliating retreat and Russia emerged from the war as a super power ready to take on the capitalist world.

Biographical Note

After leaving Oxford in 1953 Geoffrey Jukes spent 14 years in the UK Ministry of Defence and Foreign and Colonial Office, specialising in Russian/Soviet military history, strategy and arms control. From 1967 to 1993 he was also on the staff of the Australian National University. He has written five books and numerous articles on the Eastern Front in the two World Wars.


Introduction Chronology Background to war: A dictators' deal and a double-cross Warring sides: Germany gambles on a quick win Outbreak: Germany achieves surprise The fighting: Red Army battered but not beaten Portrait of a soldier: The German and the Russian view The world around war: Propaganda, Lend-Lease and land grabs Portrait of a civilian: 'We were as mobilised as the soldiers' How the war ended: Germany surrenders, Stalin joins the war on Japan Conclusion and consequences: From alliance to Cold War

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