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Britton, Stuart

Works: 35 works in 151 publications in 1 language and 7,839 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Personal narratives‡vSoviet  Personal narratives‡vRussian  Autobiographies  Personal narratives  History  Sources  Dictionaries  Terms and phrases  Military history 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Author, Other, edi
Classifications: D764, 940.541247092
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Most widely held works by Stuart Britton
MiG menace over Korea : the story of Soviet fighter ace Nikolai Sutiagin by I︠U︡riĭ Suti︠a︡gin( )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nikolai Vasil'evich Sutiagin, the top-scoring Soviet air ace of the Korean War, flew his MiG-15 in lethal dogfights against American Sabres and Australian Meteors. He is credited with at 22 'kills'. Yet the full story of his extraordinary achievements has never been told. Only now, with the opening of Russian archives, can an authoritative account of his wartime exploits be written. The authors use official records, the reminiscences of Sutiagin's comrades and his wife's diary to reconstruct in vivid detail the career of one of the great fighter pilots
Panzer destroyer : memoirs of a Red Army tank commander by Vasiliĭ Krysov( )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2019 in English and held by 1,346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The day after Vasiliy Krysov finished school, on 22 June 1941, Germany attacked the Soviet Union and provoked a war of unparalleled extent and cruelty. For the next three years, as a tank commander, Krysov fought against the German panzers in some of the most intense and destructive armoured engagements in history including those at Stalingrad, Kursk and Konigsberg. This is the remarkable story of his war. As the commander of a heavy tank, a self-propelled gun - a tank destroyer - and a T-34, he fought his way westward across Russia, the Ukraine and Poland against a skilful and determined enemy which had previously never known defeat. The ruthlessness of this long and bitter campaign is vividly depicted in his narrative, as is the enormous scale and complexity of the fighting."--Jacket
Guns against the Reich : memoirs of an artillery officer on the Eastern Front by Petr Mikhin( )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In three years of war on the Eastern Front -- from the desperate defence of Moscow, through the epic struggles at Stalingrad and Kursk to the final offensives in central Europe -- artilleryman Petr Mikhin experienced the full horror of battle. In this vivid memoir, he recalls distant but deadly duels with German guns, close-quarter hand-to-hand combat, and murderous mortar and tank attacks, and he remembers the pity of defeat and the grief that accompanied victories that cost of thousands of lives. He was wounded and shell-shocked, he saw his comrades killed and was nearly captured, and he was threatened with the disgrace of a court martial. For years, he lived with the constant strain of combat and the ever-present possibility of death. And he recalls his experiences with a candour and an immediacy that brings the war on the Eastern Front -- a war of immense scale and intensity -- dramatically to life"--Jacket
The forgotten battle of the Kursk salient : 7th guards army's stand against army detachment Kempf by V. N Zamulin( )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

800 days on the Eastern Front : a Russian soldier remembers World War II by Nikolai Litvin( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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
Through the maelstrom : a Red Army soldier's war on the Eastern Front, 1942-1945 by B Gorbachevskiĭ( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The monumental battles of World War II's Eastern Front - Moscow, Stalingrad, Kursk - are etched into the historical record. But there is another, hidden history of that war that has too often been ignored in official accounts. Boris Gorbachevsky was a junior officer in the 31st Army who first saw front-line duty as a rifleman in the 30th Army. "Through the Maelstrom" recounts his three harrowing years on some of the war's grimmest but forgotten battlefields: the campaign for Rzhev, the bloody struggle to retake Belorussia, and the bitter final fighting in East Prussia. As he traces his experiences from his initial training, through the maelstrom, to final victory, he provides one of the richest and most detailed memoirs of life and warfare on the Eastern Front. Gorbachevsky's panoramic account takes us from infantry specialist school to the front lines to rear services areas and his whirlwind romances in wartime Moscow. He recalls the shriek of Katiusha rockets flying overhead toward the enemy and the unforgettable howl of Stukas divebombing Soviet tanks. And he conveys horrors of brutal fighting not recorded previously in English, including his own participation in a human wave assault that decimated his regiment at Rzhev, with piles of corpses growing the closer they got to the German trenches. Gorbachevsky also records the sufferings of the starving citizens of Leningrad, the savage execution of a Russian scout who turned in false information, the killing of an innocent German trying to welcome the Soviet troops, and a chilling campfire discussion by four Russian soldiers as they compared notes about the women they'd raped. His memoir brims with rich descriptions of daily army life, the challenges of maintaining morale, and relationships between soldiers. It also includes candid exposes of the many problems the Red Army faced: the influence of political officers, the stubbornness of senior commanders, the attrition through desertions, and the initial months of occupation in postwar Germany"--Jacket
The role of the Soviet Union in the Second World War : a re-examination by B. V Sokolov( )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book investigates several controversial issues regarding the role of the Soviet Union and the performance of the Soviet government and Red Army, to which the author provides some provocative answers. The primary question explored by the author, however, regards the effectiveness of both the Red Army and of the Soviet military economy. Dr. Sokolov argues that the chief defect of the Soviet military economy was the disproportionate emphasis on the production of tanks and aircraft at the expense of transportation means and the means of command and control. This leads the author to look at the role of Lend-Lease during the war. Through the delivery of radio sets, trucks, jeeps, locomotives, fuel, explosives and so on, the author concludes that Lend-Lease was critical to the Red Army, and that the Soviet Union would not have been able to wage a long war against Germany without the Lend-Lease supplies - a conclusion that defies decades of Soviet claims to the contrary. Finally, the author looks at the still very controversial and hot topic of Red Army losses in the war, which was taboo for decades, arguing that this is an effective measure of the Red Army's military performance. He and other scholars have estimated that the Red Army's losses were on the scale of 27 million, three times larger than the official estimates, and approximately 10 times greater than the German losses on the Eastern Front. He argues that such horrendous casualties and such an unfavorable ratio for the Red Army were the result of the relatively low value placed on human life in both the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, and the much more destructive nature of the Soviet totalitarian regime as compared with the Third Reich, which cowed the Soviet generals and officers into total subservience. Due to the elimination of all political opposition and the total control over people's lives, soldiers and civilians could not protest against the crude tactics that resulted in such a very high rate of losses
Panzer killers : anti-tank warfare on the Eastern Front by Artem Drabkin( )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What was it like to confront the German panzer armies as an anti-tank gunner on the Eastern Front during the Second World War? How could you hope overcome of one of the best-equipped, well-trained and tenacious armoured forces of the time? And how did the Red Army's tactics and skills develop over the course of the war in order to counter the threat posed by the elite troops of the Wehrmacht? The vivid personal narratives of Red Army anti-tank men selected for this book give a fascinating insight into these questions - and into the first-hand experience of anti-tank warfare seventy years ago. Their testimony reveals how lethal, rapid, small-scale actions - gun against tank - were fought, and it shows how such isolated actions determined the outcome of the massive offensives and counter-offensives that characterized the struggle on the Eastern Front
From Stalingrad to Pillau : a Red Army artillery officer remembers the Great Patriotic War by Isaak Kobylyanskiy( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stalingrad's outskirts provided Isaak Kobylyanskiy, a 19-year-old ethnic Jew from Ukraine, with his first exposure to combat and initiated his long odyssey in the Great Patriotic War against Germany. It would be more than three years before he was finally reunited with his family and his sweetheart, Vera, the schoolmate he had promised to marry." "From the liberation of Sevastopol, through Lithuania's countryside, to the final storming of Konigsberg's heavy fortifications, Kobylyanskiy's memoir sweeps across the great expanses of the Eastern Front. His narrative is packed with dramatic details - including revealing depictions of forgotten or ignored aspects of certain battles - and insights into the daily life of the Soviet army: the relentless marches to locate and engage the enemy, the prejudicial treatment of female soldiers, and the plight of Soviet civilians."--Jacket
The siege of Brest 1941 : a legend of Red Army Resistance on the Eastern Front by Rostislav Aliev( )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On 22 June 1941, the first German shells smashed into the Soviet frontier fortress of Brest - Hitler's Operation Barbarossa had begun. Across a massive front stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea, the Wehrmacht advanced, taking the Red Army by surprise, brushing aside the first stunned resistance, breaking through and taking thousands of prisoners, but the isolated stronghold of Brest held out. The defenders, trapped and without hope of relief, put up a tenacious resistance against an entire German division as the Soviet front collapsed behind them. The Germans had allowed 12 hours to secure the area, but it took them nine days. The heroic defence of Brest has become one of the legends of the Second World War on the Eastern Front, an example of selfless Soviet heroism in the face of Nazi aggression
Odessa 1941-44 : defense, occupation, resistance & liberation by Nikolai Ovcharenko( )

7 editions published in 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Afreer a brief overview of the origins and development of the city of Odessa on the Black Sea coast, [the author] turns to its citizens' ordeal during the Second World War. In the process, he describes the heroism of the city's defendes and residents in the summer of 1941 when defending against insistent Romanian attacks. Exploiting the numerous estuaries on the Black Sea coastline, which served as natural defensive lines, under the weight of numerically superior Romanian forces Odessa's defenders successfully fell back into the city of Odessa itself. Once the situation became critical, a valiant counterattack in part with naval infantry gained valuable space and time for Odessa. Eventually, at a time when German forces had advanced far to the east and were approaching the critical naval base at Sebastopol in the Crimea, the decision was made to evacuate the remaining Soviet forces from Odessa. There ensued more than two years of occupation and underground resistance; the partisans and activists made use of the extensive catacombs underneath the citry of Odessa. The occupiers scored successes against the underground movement, which Ovcahrenko details in suceeding chapters using contemporary newspapers and interviews with surviving eyewitnesses, but were never able to stamp out resistance completely. Finally, in the spring of 1944, Odessa was liberated by forces of the advancing Third Ukrainian Front. Ovcharenko describes this offensive against opposing forces of the resurrected German Sixth Army."--Book jacket
Red Devils over the Yalu : a chronicle of Soviet aerial operations in the Korean War, 1950-53 by Igorʹ Seĭdov( )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Korean War (1950-1953) was the first - and only - full-scale air war in the jet age. It was in the skies of North Korea where Soviet and American pilots came together in fierce aerial clashes. The best pilots of the opposing systems, the most powerful air forces, and the most up-to-date aircraft in the world in this period of history came together in pitched air battles. The analysis of the air war showed that the powerful United States Air Force and its allies were unable to achieve complete superiority in the air and were unable to fulfill all the tasks they''d been given. Soviet pilots
Marshal K.K. Rokossovsky : the Red Army's gentleman commander by B. V Sokolov( )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author Boris Sokolov offers this first objective and intriguing biography of Marshal Konstantin Konstantinovich Rokossovsky, who is widely considered one of the Red Army's top commanders in the Second World War. Yet even though he brilliantly served the harsh Stalinist system, Rokossovsky himself became a victim of it with his arrest, beatings and imprisonment between 1937 and 1940. The author analyzes all of Rokossovsky's military operations, in both the Russian Civil War and the Second World War, paying particular attention to the problem of establishing the real casualties suffered by both armies in the main battles where Rokossovsky took part, as well as on the Eastern Front as a whole. Rokossovsky played a prominent role in the battles for Smolensk, Moscow, Stalingrad, Kursk, Belorussia, Poland, East Prussia and Pomerania. While praising Rokossovsky's masterful generalship, the author does not shy away from criticizing the nature of Soviet military art and strategy, in which the guiding principle was "at all costs" and little value was placed on holding down casualties. This discussion extends to the painful topic of the many atrocities against civilians perpetrated by Soviet soldiers, including Rokossovsky's own troops. A highly private man, Rokossovsky disliked discussing his personal life. With the help of family records and interviews, including the original, uncensored draft of the Marshal's memoirs, the author reveals the numerous dualities in Rokossovsky's life. Despite his imprisonment and beatings he endured, Rokossovsky never wavered in his loyalty to Stalin, yet also never betrayed his colleagues. Though a Stalinist, he was also a gentleman widely admired for his courtesy and chivalry. A dedicated family man, women were drawn to him, and he took a 'campaign wife' during the war. Though born in 1894 in Poland, Rokossovsky maintained that he was really born in Russia in 1896. This Polish/Russian duality in Rokossovsky's identity hampered his career and became particularly acute during the Warsaw uprising in 1944 and his later service as Poland's Defense Minister
Demolishing the myth : the tank battle at Prokhorovka, Kursk, July 1943 : an operational narrative by V. N Zamulin( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2018 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A groundbreaking book when first published in Russia in 2005, now Valeriy Zamulin's study of the crucible of combat during the titanic clash at Kursk--the fighting at Prokhorovka--is available in English in a revised and expanded format containing much unique new material, including additional information, images and new maps. A former staff member of the Prokhorovka Battlefield State Museum, Zamulin has dedicated years of his life to the study of the battle of Kursk, and especially the fighting on its southern flank involving the famous attack of the II SS Panzer Corps into the teeth of deeply-echeloned Red Army defenses. A product of five years of intense research into the once-secret Central Archives of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Zamulin lays out in enormous detail the plans and tactics of both sides, culminating in the famous and controversial clash at Prokhorovka on 12 July 1943
Confronting Case Blue : Briansk front's attempt to derail the German drive to the Caucasus, July 1942 by Igorʹ Sdvizhkov( )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Rzhev slaughterhouse : the Red Army's forgotten 15-month campaign against Army Group Center, 1942-1943 by S. A Gerasimova( )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historians consider the Battle of Rzhev ""one of the bloodiest in the history of the Great Patriotic War"" and ""Zhukov's greatest defeat"". Veterans called this colossal battle, which continued for a total of 15 months, ""the Rzhev slaughterhouse"" or ""the Massacre"", while the German generals named this city ""the cornerstone of the Eastern Front"" and ""the gateway to Berlin"". By their territorial scale, number of participating troops, length and casualties, the military operations in the area of the Rzhev - Viaz'ma salient are not only comparable to the Stalingrad battle, but to a great
The tanks of Operation Barbarossa : Soviet versus German armour on the eastern front by Boris Konstantinovich Kavalerchik( )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the Germans invaded the Soviet Union in 1941 the Red Army had four times as many tanks as the Wehrmacht and their tanks were seemingly superior, yet the Wehrmacht won the border battles with extraordinary ease the Red Armys tank force was pushed aside and for the most part annihilated. How was this victory achieved, and were the Soviet tanks really as well designed as is often believed' These are the basic questions Boris Kavalerchik answers in this absorbing study of the tanks and the tank tactics of the two armies that confronted each other at the start of the war on the Eastern Front. Drawing on technical and operational documents from Russian archives, many of which were classified until recently and are unknown to Western readers, he compares the strengths and weakness of the tanks and the different ways in which they were used by the opposing armies. His work will be essential reading for military historians who are interested in the development of armoured warfare and in this aspect of the struggle on the Eastern Front
The Battle of Kursk : controversial & neglected aspects by V. N Zamulin( Book )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Generalissimo Stalin : the myth of Stalin as a great military strategist : a Red Army veteran reflects on Stalin's wartime leadership by B Gorbachevskiĭ( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new book from the author of Through the Maelstrom: A Red Army Soldier's War on the Eastern Front reveals a bitter truth about that war, which has thrown neo-Stalinists in Russia today into a fury. A frontline veteran who survived the most savage and continuous fighting of the Second World War refutes one of the primary Soviet myths: that it was Stalin's "brilliant strategic mind" and his "invaluable contributions" that brought about the eventual victory. Partially relying on his own frontline experience in fighting from Rzhev 1942 to Königsburg 1945, the author argues that the Red Army emerged victorious from the war in spite of the Kremlin tyrant, who never spared his soldiers' lives and who recognized only one strategy: to break the Wehrmacht's resistance by overloading it with the corpses of Red Army soldiers. He maintains that it was the people who won the war, but Stalin stole the mantle of victory and donned it himself after the war. Gorbachevsky goes on to argue that the Soviet regime and recent official Russian estimates deliberately understated the staggering true cost of that victory, and reveals the scandalous official mistreatment of returning prisoners-of-war, neglect of war invalids and disregard of the millions of soldiers' remains lying in shallow, unmarked, often fraternal graves and the millions more still listed as "missing-in-action" - all of which show the Stalinist system's disdain for human life."--Publisher description
Russian World War II vocabulary : a Russian-English glossary of special terms, soldiers' expressions and slang by Isaak Kobylyanskiy( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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800 days on the Eastern Front : a Russian soldier remembers World War II
Panzer destroyer : memoirs of a Red Army tank commanderGuns against the Reich : memoirs of an artillery officer on the Eastern Front800 days on the Eastern Front : a Russian soldier remembers World War IIThrough the maelstrom : a Red Army soldier's war on the Eastern Front, 1942-1945From Stalingrad to Pillau : a Red Army artillery officer remembers the Great Patriotic WarDemolishing the myth : the tank battle at Prokhorovka, Kursk, July 1943 : an operational narrativeRussian World War II vocabulary : a Russian-English glossary of special terms, soldiers' expressions and slang
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